The CIA World Factbook 2014 Paperback – 20 Feb 2014
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The country-by-country guide to the world-the product of seventy years of CIA intelligence.
About the Author
The Central Intelligence Agency is an independent agency responsible for providing national security intelligence to senior US policymakers. The CIA is separated into four basic components: the National Clandestine Service, the Directorate of Intelligence, the Directorate of Science & Technology, and the Directorate of Support. They carry out "the intelligence cycle," the process of collecting, analyzing, and disseminating intelligence information to top US governmental officials. They are located in Langley, Virginia.
Top customer reviews
The CIA book is completely different, with detailed sections for each country rather than league tables.
Some of the statistics are new (marked 'estimated July 2013'), most are fairly recent and a few are much older (as old as 'estimated 2003').
The type is small so you'll need good eyesight and/or a spotlight above the book. The country and regional maps are in greyscale, sometimes blurred and generally very poor.
I've spotted a couple of typos but so far haven't seen any glaring statistical errors.
This book is a great achievement, easy to dip into and a bargain. For around £6.36 (or let's say the price of three High Street coffees), Amazon will deliver this almost 1,000-page book to your door.
The detail is excellent, although the layout and priorities could be better.
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