Atlas of the Real World

The Atlas of the Real World

Mapping the Way We Live

  1. Daniel Dorling
  2. Mark Newman
  • ISBN 9780500288535
  • 23.20 x 26.80 cm
  • Flexibound PLC with flaps (no jacket)
  • 416pp
  • with 382 colour maps
  • First published 2010

Winner of the Geographical Association’s Gold Award

Revised and Expanded Edition featuring 16 additional new maps

‘An entirely new way of looking at our planet’ – The Times
‘Should be in every geography classroom and in every school, college and university library’– The Geographical Association
‘Mind-boggling’ – The Mail on Sunday

This new edition of the award-winning and innovative atlas provides insight into our world, in all its complexity, in an easily understood way. Open this book at almost any page and you will learn something you never knew about the world.

Compelling, thought-provoking and informative, The Atlas of the Real World is the ultimate resource for everyone who wants to understand how their country or region fits into the new world order.

The Atlas of the Real World
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Using sophisticated software and comprehensive analysis of every aspect of life The Atlas of the Real World represents the world as it really is. 382 digitally modified maps – known as cartograms – depict the areas and countries of the world not by their physical size, but by their demographic importance.

The topics cover a vast range of subjects including:
• Population • Transport • Natural Resources • Energy • Globalization • Food • Minerals and Petrochemicals • Manufactured Goods and Services• Wealth and Poverty • Employment • Productivity • Housing • Education • Communication • Health and Illness • Death and Disaster • War and Crime • Pollution • Extinction and Endangerment • Faiths and Beliefs

The sizing of the territories according to their significance gives instant graphical insight into the statistics: for example, in an analysis of water resources, the rainforests of South America, with 30 per cent of the world’s fresh water, make the continent balloon whereas Kuwait – dependent on desalination – completely disappears. The reader can also glean historical, current and future trends in areas such as population, biodiversity and trade.

Each map is accompanied by a graph or chart, a table of rankings and a full text commentary, to explain the data and provide an extra level of understanding.

Created by three of the team behind the renowned website this book is an astonishing resource for home reference, schools, universities, journalists, business people cartographers and other professionals.

Daniel Dorling is Professor of Human Geography at the University of Sheffield.
Mark Newman is The Paul Dirac Collegiate Professor of Physics at the University of Michigan. Anna Barford is a Research Associate at the University of Sheffield.


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