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Pocket World in Figures 2009 [Hardcover]

The Economist
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25 Sep 2008 Pocket World in Figures
The 2009 edition has been completely updated, revised, refreshed and expanded. As regulars will know, Pocket World in Figures contains rankings on more than 200 topics in subject areas as wide-ranging as geography, population, business, the economy, trade, transport, finance, industry, demographics, the environment, society, culture and crime. If you want to know: * the highest mountain or longest river * where economic growth is fastest or inflation is highest * who consumes the most energy * where innovation is highest * where computer and mobile phone ownership is highest * which countries have the most asylum seekers * who spends most, and who the least, on healthcare * the heaviest drinkers and smokers * who recycles most * facts about obesity This annual bestseller has the answers to all these questions and more. Now contains facts on more than 200 topics, data on 182 countries and profiles of more than 65 of the world's major economies, together with special profiles on the Euro Zone and the World. No well-informed person can afford to be without it.

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  • Hardcover: 256 pages
  • Publisher: Economist Books; 2008 Edition edition (25 Sep 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1846681235
  • ISBN-13: 978-1846681233
  • Product Dimensions: 9 x 19 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 864,575 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"'Everything the armchair globetrotter needs to know about the world.' Daily Telegraph"

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New edition of this annual bestseller of fascinating facts and figures about the world we live in.

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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
By Nicholas J. R. Dougan TOP 1000 REVIEWER VINE VOICE
136 pages provide two page statistics on 66 countries, plus the Euro Area and the world as a whole, plus 90 pages devoted to "world rankings" under an enormous variety of headings. There are things that you might expect, like population, land area and life expectancy, and some that you might not, like teenagers' behaviour, air pollution and clean energy use. It's a useful reference book that doesn't take up too much space on your bookshelf, but even more than that it's a great book to dip into.

Did you know, for example:

* That 11% of the world's land area is arable land, while in Britain its 24% - but in France 34%.

* That the longest road network is in the US, but the densest is in Macau, the most crowded Qatar, the most used Hong Kong - but that the most deaths (per 100,000) people are in South Africa.

* That while the US spends more on defence than any other country (indeed, more than most other countries put together) it is ranked 20th equal by % of GDP. Myanmar tops the % list - at a staggering 18.7% of GDP.

* Maltese girls are the most obese, while Maltese boys are pipped at the post by American boys. Maltese kids are also most likely to get involved in fights, while the English are ranked 13th equal.

If I have one complaint - and I do always try to have one - it is that while there is an extensive list of references at the end, the sources for each list are sometimes, but not always given. Apart from making it more difficult to enquire further, if you want, the fact that some sources are indicated makes me wonder quite how the data for the unlisted ones have been constructed.

This book may raise as many questions as it answers, but it's certainly well worth its 10.99 cover price - even more so with Amazon's discounts. (The Economist may still be offering its downloadable screensaver version, too.)
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4.0 out of 5 stars Great but still can be better!!! 3 Aug 2009
This is a great mini-book but could be much better due to the lack of some details. Maybe, it could cost 5-10 more and comes with a CD or a membership in The Economist.
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5.0 out of 5 stars PREM 5 April 2009
Absolutely marvellous , World datas on your finger tips ! worth buying every u-year and this is lot cheaper at Amazon !!!
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4.0 out of 5 stars handy for journalists 24 Feb 2010
By sim
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obviously, if you need detailed data or better explanation of data this isn't the thing to use. but for a few reliable rankings, facts, metrics, etc, it's very useful.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Love the service. 12 Feb 2010
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the best bookstore online ever, the book was shipped as soon as i finished the transaction and managed to get it within three business days.
Thanks a lot and looking forwarding buying my next book from you soon.
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