"The Times" Concise Atlas of the World Hardcover – Abridged, 2 Oct 2000
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The Times atlases have for some time been market leaders, and a short inspection of this volume shows you why. It exudes competence and clarity. Before you even get to the maps, there's a 58-page introductory section with information on everything from the planets to the oceans, including handy one-paragraph factboxes on all the countries in the world. There are special maps of 32 of the world's great cities, satellite images of each continent and an index of 100,000 place names--which means 100,000 chances to answer the "But where is it?" that drives so many people to an atlas. It's the immaculate, clear, detailed mapping, of course, that's the heart of the book--272 pages of it, providing pretty thorough coverage of every part of the world. Unfussy fonts and carefully chosen colour coding make the maps highly legible.
If you want lots of satellite images and other photographs, then look to the DK World Atlas (which also showcases the trademark DK design, naturally); if you want something a little briefer in a traditional mould, try the Philip's Atlas of the World; if you want something really, really detailed and don't mind about price, try this book's big brother, The Times Comprehensive Atlas of the World. If you're after a good all-rounder, however, that has just about everything you could ask from an atlas in a remarkably well-crafted package, this book is hard to beat. --David Pickering
The 8th concise edition of "The Times Atlas of the World" is completely new and expanded to have 272 pages of mapping and an index to over 100,000 place names. The reference mapping has been completely revised and redesigned to be in the same style as the "Millennium Edition of The Times Comprehensive Atlas of the World" and there are additional large scale maps, including Central Asia, Japan, southeast Australia, and eastern United States. The updated city plans are included on the reference maps of the country in which they are located for easy reference. New features in the introductory section include unique satellite images of the continents geo-referenced to the continental maps, and additional geographical topics such as "The Oceans", "Urbanization" and "Communications" as well as completely updated information on the States and Territories of the World. The index now has over 100,000 entries, and is fully cross-referenced with alternative and former names.See all Product description
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