I love this type of book. They appeal to the fact fiend in me. This book is a combination of an almanac, the Worst-Case Scenario books that were hugely popular a few years and Information is Beautiful. Being a Lonely Planet publication the bias is obviously towards travel. Whilst some of the information will be of use when travelling, this book is predominately geared up for armchair based investigations.
The information is displayed in diagram form (as per information is beautiful), and is very pleasing to look at. Some of it is cold hard facts, such as capitals of the World or longest rivers, other bits are more subjective, like how to stop your hotel room being broken into. There are all sorts of interesting things covered, like what to do if you are stuck in quicksand, what causes the Northern Lights, and how to take control of a falling jet plane. It's one of those books that at whatever page you open, it has something intersting on it. You can easily lose track of time as you flick through the pages.
It's fair to say that there isn't much in this book that hasn't appeared before (you know, in, like, atlases and stuff), but that won't prevent fact book geeks lapping it up. It's a fine example of this type of book and a worthy addition to a niche genre. Factbook widows take heart, at least it's one present for 2013 taken care of.
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