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5.0 out of 5 stars Mostly fine if you don't get caught in the orchestrated campaign about Greenland, 9 Oct 2011
This review is from: The Times Atlas of the World: Comprehensive Edition (Times Atlases) (Hardcover)
As the two previous reviews elaborate at length (and, oddly, exclusively), there is a controversy about one map in this 13th edition of The Times Comprehensive Atlas of the World. This pertains to Greenland - an issue of importance to geographers and climate scientists certainly, but let us keep things in perspective. The one-star reviews appear to be part of a campaign against Murdoch; nothing wrong with that, but here I will consider this as an atlas for everyday use by the informed but casual user - and there, it still shines.
The Greenland map, with 56,000 inhabitants or 0.0008% of the world population (and a few thousands of tourists visiting each year), is hardly relevant to the vast majority of buyers who will use it to visit past and future travels, look up obscure places in the news, etc.
Like the 12th edition, the 13th edition falls short of the exemplary coverage of all regions of the world at a minimum scale of 1:5,000,000 (and often much less) that was found in earlier editions. It uses computer rendering rather than the elegant copper plate renderings of earlier editions. Of course, the upside is that it is updated, and other than Greenland relatively error-free. As such, this remains the best current atlas out there for the curious, casual everyday user - unless perhaps you want to spend all your time in Greenland, or staring at the Greenland map.
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Initial post: 29 Oct 2011 22:36:50 BDT
Mrs. T says:
Well said la verite en face! A voice of reason.

Posted on 6 Nov 2011 12:09:10 GMT
Johan RF says:
the "one star campaign" is nothing to do with murdoch. It reflects the personal rating I gave the book. Its useless as a reliable source. If the customer wants an unreliable source then its perfect I guess. The next edition of this book will be printed without 1km thick ice sheets missing and no doubt it will be professionally put together like previous editions and I will buy it and I will probably give it 5 stars in a review (esp if I can get it at a sub-100 price). In these days of spin the population seems ever more gullible and in this instance some are forgetting what a "reference" actually is. To be honest I have not got the faintest idea what Murdoch has to do with anything here anyway !? Also sales are speaking for themselves. They are terrible for this edition. Obvious of course to most people, who would want to buy a reference book that contains huge errors.
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