This book is bright and easy to just peruse. Yet, any time flipping through this little gem would be time well spent! The data covers most aspects of the IB Geography syllabus and is packaged in a easy to digest snippets that both inform and spark further discussion and investigation.
In just under a hundred and fifty pages the book from New International gives a lot of information about the world, There are seven parts.
1) Who We Are gives information about population, life expectancy and related matters. )2 Wealth & Poverty deals with income, inequality and debt. 3) War & Peace. 4) Rights & Respect analyses political systems and citizens' rights. 5) Health of the People deals with malnutrition and threats to people's health. 6) Health of the Planet is concerned with climate change and managing the world's resources. 7) Vital Statistics is anaylsis of each country's wellbeing.
The analysis is largely positive, 48% of people live in established democracies and there are fewer wars than there were twenty years ago. Written from a left-of-centre perspective, some of the statistics such as gender equality, corruption perception and the shadow economy must to a certain extent must be based on guesswork. There a shortage of information from some countries making for an incomplete analysis.
Some of the graphics are rather confusing with similar colours being used to display information. Given the ever changing nature of the world, even this revised work will already be out of date.
Despite reservations, a useful addition to a library of anyone interested in the serious problems the world faces,