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The State of the World Atlas

Written by Dan Smith

The State of the World Atlas Synopsis

In a world governed by 'fake news' and where world leaders are dismissing 'facts', this statistically meticulous presentation of trends is vitally important to understand the world today. A milestone of graphic reporting, this groundbreaking 'atlas with attitude' keeps pace with the speed of change with informed analysis and graphically analyses every key indicator and vital statistic of modern life. New topics for this 10th edition include: Climate change: Impact on human health and security, different scenarios, and the time left to change course Terrorism: Number of terrorist attacks in each country Weapons of mass destruction: Chemical weapons use in Syria Peace: Agreements reached across the years Democracy: Spread of democracy around the world Minorities: Peoples under threat Big business: Panama and Paradise papers, and dirty business * Around 258 million people live outside the country of their birth *14% of the world's children are economically active *Violence is estimated to cost the world $8.3 trillion a year. Less than half of this would meet the UN's development goals by 2023 * USA: nearly 40 million people a year depend the Feeding America network for help * UK: the Trussell Trust handed out 1.6 million food packages in 2018/19

The State of the World Atlas Press Reviews

'Unique and uniquely beautiful... A single map here tells us more about the world today than a dozen abstracts or scholarly tomes.'-Los Angeles Times; These are the bad dreams of the modern world, given colour and shape and submitted to a grid that can be grasped instantaneously.'-New York Times; 'Outspoken cataloguing of global oppressions and inequities, painstakingly sourced.'-Independent on Sunday; 'Packed with fascinating facts and figures on everything from the international drugs industry to climate change.'-Evening Standard; 'A political reference book which manages to translate hard, boring statistics into often shocking visual statements... required reading.'-NME; 'A striking new approach to cartography.'-International Herald Tribune

Book Information

ISBN: 9781912408870
Publication date: 8th October 2020
Author: Dan Smith
Publisher: Myriad Editions
Format: Paperback / softback
Pagination: 208 pages

About Dan Smith

DAN SMITH OBE is the Director of the Stockholm International Peace Research Institute and has been writing on peace and security for 40 years. He has held fellowships at the Norwegian Nobel Institute and Hellenic Foundation for Foreign and European Policy, and chaired the Advisory Group for the UN Peacebuilding Fund and the Institute for War and Peace Reporting. He was awarded an OBE in 2002 and blogs at

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