The State of the World Atlas (Earthscan Atlas Series)

The State of the World Atlas (Earthscan Atlas Series)

by Dan Smith (Author)


This unique book, a milestone of graphic reporting, has become a trade reference classic since its first publication in the 1970s. Completely revised and updated, the new 9th edition of this groundbreaking 'atlas with attitude' keeps pace with the speed of change, using over 100 thematic world maps and vivid graphics to break down hardcore statistics into accessible, compelling form. Widely praised for its ingenious design and statistically meticulous presentation of trends, The State of the World Atlas graphically analyses every key indicator and vital statistic of modern life, from wealth and power, war and peace through to rights, health and the environment. Authored by leading international peace researcher Dan Smith OBE, it has sold over 700,000 copies in different languages around the world, offering its sharp analysis and informed comment on the most challenging issues facing the world today.


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Format: Paperback
Pages: 144
Edition: First
Publisher: Earthscan Ltd
Published: 19 Sep 2008

ISBN 10: 1844075737
ISBN 13: 9781844075737

Media Reviews

'Unique and uniquely beautiful.' Los Angeles Times

'An essential snapshot of the trends shaping today's world.' The Ecologist

'The State of the World Atlas is something else - an occasion of wit and an act of subversion. These are the bad dreams of the modern world, given color and shape and submitted to a grid that can be grasped instantaneously.' New York Times

'Smith presents, without frills, all the essential facts and figures of what really counts in the world today. An assault on your night's rest!' Argus

'A striking new approach to cartography... no one wishing to keep a grip on the reality of the world should be without these books.' International Herald Tribune

'[The] Atlas provides a beautifully clear and fairly current overview of a whole series of factors relevant to understanding global trends and current events and concerns.' Change Management Monitor Newsletter

'This excellent little atlas provides a clear and current picture of the state of the world.' Change Management Monitor

'This guide is an indispensable visual survey of current events and social trends that makes understanding the vast array of data both possible and pleasurable... We are... full of praise - buy this book.' Pure Living

'State of the World Atlas is a unique survey of global events and trends, providing a comprehensive visual overview.' Sustain - Built Environment Matters

'It's a marketer's dream and a forecaster's godsend: a cornucopia of facts, stats, trends, demographics and little-known data about the world and what goes on in it.' The Information

'This is a comprehensive, highly informative and accessible reference work.' Scientific and Medical Review Network

'A very lively, beautifully produced set of maps which gives highly visual basic comparisons over a very wide range of examples. As such this is a great addition to any library making it one of the definite must-buys of the texts reviewed this year.' Ecological and Environmental Education

'Covers with an acute and perspicacious narrative supported by clear illustrations the elements that make up our societies.' Book Steps

'The atlas sets out data in a clear manner that tells us more about our world, almost instantaneously, than days spent studying the statistics on which they are based.' African Business

'Provides a unique visual survey of current affairs and global trends.' International Affairs

'It is well worth a library purchase and some time spent in systematic study.' SG, Social and Environmental Accounting Journal, April 2007.

'This is a book that should be in every school library.' Network Review, The Scientific and Medical Network

Author Bio
Dan Smith is Secretary General of International Alert, based in London, and former Director of the International Peace Research Institute, Oslo (PRIO). In 2002 he was awarded an OBE. He is also author of The Atlas of War and Peace and The State of the Middle East.