The Atlas of the Real World : Mapping the Way We Live, Paperback Book

The Atlas of the Real World : Mapping the Way We Live Paperback

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Now available in paperback, this reference book has everything we need to make sense of todays world. 366 digitally modified maps known as cartograms depict the areas and countries of the world by their demographic importance on a vast range of topics, ranging from basic data on population, health, wealth and occupation to how many toys we import and who's eating their vegetables.

Created by the team behind, "The Atlas of the Real World" book is an invaluable resource for home reference, schools, universities, journalists and trend-spotting professionals everywhere.


  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 416 pages, 382 colour images
  • Publisher: Thames & Hudson Ltd
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  • Category: Reference works
  • ISBN: 9780500288535



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On the surface, this atlas is composed of world maps with a different distortion on each page. The actual attempt is tp even out what ever prime subject a given ap is trying to show. So, the first map in the book shows each country with its area correct in proportion to each other, unlike Mercator, which is very distorted to the poles. The second map shows population size in correct relation for each country. So, India hugely dominates South Asia and Nigeria dominates Africa. On the other hadn, an unpopulated place like Alask shows up with a thin sliver as does the Siverian section of North Asia. The third map shows the population from Year 1, with India and Chna dominating. By 1500 in the fourth map, Europe has grown quite a bit relatively. Highly distorted looking maps can be seen at 109 - Gas and Coal Exports and 110 - Gas and Coal Imports. Canada dominates North Americ in # 109 and the U.S.. dominated # 110.The intent of this "real world" atlas is to show how unevenly distributed are natural resources, economic activity, and social situations around the blobe. This book is well worth pouring through and is very revealing. Each region has its own color to help you find where places are.