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5.0 out of 5 stars A visual delight, 10 Feb. 2014
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This review is from: Around the World: The Atlas for Today (Hardcover)
A fascinating book presenting our world through the medium of infographics. Each spread presents a visual treat to reveal, what was initially, statistical information and now turned into a pictorial format. None of the graphics were produced for this book so the contents rely on infographics designed over the last decade and appeared originally in print.

The Contents include: The place we call home; Living together; The days the earth stood still; The good life; Fear and loathing; Money makes the world go round; The world is not enough; Our greatest ideas. All fairly obvious though perhaps Fear and loathing needs an explanation, it covers guns, phobias, plane crashes, pandemics, smoking, drugs and because the book's authors take a slightly quirky view of this chapter it opens with a spread on Tarantino and the high number of deaths in his films (the diagram came from 'In graphic's magazine, 2013). I thought the Days the earth stood still chapter had some amazing images about the Titanic, D-day, Berlin airlift, Cuban missile crisis, 9/11, Fukushima and in particular John Grimwade's beautiful graphics for JFK in Dallas over two spreads. Another spread that caught my eye was Brand Octopuses, here the world's largest consumer companies have all their subsidiaries revealed as logos connected to the main company logo, the biggest is Swiss Nestle followed by Proctor & Gamble.

The art of turning words and data into understandable visual material is a challenge and doesn't always come off. Page eighty has a graphic explaining female emancipation in various countries and it's really hard work to draw some conclusions from the visual. The 550 most important US TV shows from 1940 to 2010 on page 160 is another graphic that isn't as successful as it should have been but throughout the book I thought the standard of work was incredibly high especially the pages that have pc generated illustrations.

All the graphics here appeared elsewhere but for the book the type on the originals has been changed to the same typeface throughout so there is a uniform look to the pages and a few pages need to be turned sideways to accommodate the originals. Usefully the Index includes credits for the artist or designer (and their web sites) sources for the original data and where and when it was first published. This is a large book (check out the Production Details) with excellent design and printing.

The book takes a fresh, unusual and stimulating look at our world, the curious will not be disappointed.
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5.0 out of 5 stars The book is beautiful and fantastic, 12 Nov. 2014
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The book is beautiful and fantastic, however this source dispatched using Yodel who are a pretty terrible delivery company (google them) if you're not going to be home to receive the parcel they may leave it somewhere random without letting you know! Ours was at the chicken shop down the road. But the book's super.
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5.0 out of 5 stars amazing book, 22 April 2014
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this is a very special book, it is beautiful and fascinating. it makes an excellent gift as a snapshot of "today", and is so much more than "just" an atlas.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Really cool & interesting, 18 Nov. 2014
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Awesome book, makes a great gift. It is massive, just like any other atlas
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars, 14 Jan. 2015
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Great thank you
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