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The Atlas of the Real World

Mapping the Way We Live

Daniel Dorling, Mark Newman, Anna Barford


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366 full-color cartographic maps cover a vast array of subjects, providing a definitive reference on how regions and countries compare in resources, production, consumption, and more.

Advances in technology have made widespread and detailed data gathering easier, resulting in a deluge of statistics on subjects as diverse as literacy rates, military spending, overweight children, television viewing figures, and endangered species. But how do we represent and compare data from one part of the world to another in a useful way? Here, sophisticated software combined with comprehensive analysis of every aspect of life represents the world as it really is. Digitally modified maps depict the areas and countries of the world not by their physical size but by their demographic importance on a vast range of topics.

The rainforests of South America, with thirty percent of the world's fresh water, make the continent balloon in an analysis of water resources, whereas Kuwait, dependent on desalinated seawater, disappears from the map. Fuel use, alcohol consumption, population, malaria: here are hundreds of key indicators to the way we live.

This innovative and exceptionally accessible reference work will be an indispensable tool for journalists, economists, marketers, politicians, financiers, environmentalists, and scholars. Its cartograms are augmented by graphs, tables, and full commentaries.

Praise For The Atlas of the Real World: Mapping the Way We Live

Anyone with a yen for maps and statistics will be fascinated…enough unusual maps and mind-boggling data to appeal to a wider readership.
— Star Tribune

Thames & Hudson, 9780500514252, 416pp.

Publication Date: October 27, 2008

About the Author

Daniel Dorling is Professor of Human Geography at the University of Sheffield, England.

Mark Newman is Paul Dirac Collegiate Professor of Physics at the University of Michigan.

Anna Barford is a Research Associate at the University of Sheffield.