This Atlas contains maps of different parts of Europe and the occasionally the middle east displaying a whole many of things, not least the geography. It has a large number of full colour A4 maps which display a whole manner of things from tribes, to religious movements, not mention how countries came and went, but also how their borders altered. It comes upto virtually the modern day.
I bought this book on the advice of my history tutor at University, but anyone who has a passing interest in history or maps generally could happily read this book for hours. Lots of my friends saw it lying in my room, and it has now been lent to most of my college: they all said they enjoyed it greatly. I think it would make a lovely present.
The thing which made this book for me is the quality of the writing about the maps. There are so many factions of which you won't have heard that it makes the text crucial, and it does it's job beautifully. It is illuminating, yet even for the non student/academic is thoroughly accessible. For an Atlas this is not a lot of money, and I can't recommend it highly enough both for pleasureable reading to while away an hour or so, as well as an academic tool. A thoroughly enjoyable, well presented and interesting book.