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'This is a fantastic guide to all those involved in foreign policy. Its clear maps and compelling graphics show the scale of the challenges we face. The book is an object lesson in how to enhance understanding without dumbing down. Indispensable.'
Catherine Ashton, EU High representative

'The State of the World Atlas is something else - an occasion of wit and an act of subversion.'
New York Times

'Will not only sit on your shelf begging to be used, but will also be a good read. Its inventive brilliance deserves enormous rewards.'
New Scientist

'No-one wishing to keep a grip on the reality of the world should be without these books.'
International Herald Tribune

'A beautifully produced book.'
John Ingham, Daily Express

‘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

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‘Outspoken cataloguing of global oppressions and inequities, painstakingly sourced.’
Independent on Sunday

‘A political reference book which manages to translate hard, boring statistics into often shocking visual statements... required reading.’

‘Very lively and beautifully produced – one of the definite must-buys of books reviewed this year.’
Ecological and Environmental Education

‘Packed with fascinating facts and figures on everything from the international drugs industry to climate change.’
Evening Standard

‘An indispensable survey of current events and social trends that makes understanding the vast array of data both possible and pleasurable. Buy this book!’
Pure Living

‘This is an atlas that has some interest for everyone. It can be used very successfully in the classroom to help deliver geographical content and it will enable students to get up to date with some complex issues quickly. I highly recommend it.’
Garrett Nagle St Edward’s School, Oxford

This unique book, a milestone of graphic reporting, has become a trade reference classic since its first publication in the 1970s. Completely revised and updated, the new 9th edition of this groundbreaking ‘atlas with attitude‘ keeps pace with the speed of change, using over 100 thematic world maps and vivid graphics to break down hardcore statistics into accessible, compelling form.

Now available on Kindle and iPad!

The State of the World Atlas - Dan Smith

Widely praised for its ingenious design and statistically meticulous presentation of trends, The State of the World Atlas graphically analyses every key indicator and vital statistic of modern life, from wealth and power, war and peace through to rights, health and the environment.
Authored by leading international peace researcher Dan Smith, it has sold over 700,000 copies in different languages around the world, offering its sharp analysis and informed comment on the most challenging issues facing the world today.

Dan Smith is Secretary General of International Alert, based in London, and former Director of the International Peace Research Institute, Oslo (PRIO). In 2007-2011 he was Chairman of the UN Peacebuilding Fund Advisory Group. He is also author of The Atlas of War and Peace and The State of the Middle East. He was awarded the OBE in 2002, and blogs on international politics at

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Some fascinating facts:

  • The number of billionaires in 2010 was greater than that before the economic crash of 2008.
  • The largest corporation in the world is Walmart. Only 27 countries have a gross national income greater than its annual revenue.
  • The rate at which the global population is growing is beginning to slow. In 1990 the average number of babies born to each woman was 3.2; in 2010 it was 2.5.
  • 50 wars were being fought in 1990, 30 in 2012.
  • Death is the punishment for same-sex sexual relationships in 8 countries.

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Dan will be speaking at the following Festivals:

Format: Paperback
ISBN-13: 978-1-78026-121-8
Dimensions: 245mm x 189mm
Page extent: 144
Publication date: January 2013

Date added: July 17, 2012

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  1. #2 Joyce Miller 24 Jan 13

    I love the state of the world atlas!! Is there anyway I can purchase an online version? I am a Middle & High School Librarian at the United Nations International School of Hanoi, and unfortunately the strong censorship department of Vietnam will burn your book when imported legally....even by a school supported by the United Nations.
    Please let me know if there is a way to access an online version, otherwise I'll be forced to less legal, albeit copyright fair :), forms of aquiring the book for our library.
    Joyce Miller

  2. #3 Tim Hiscock 28 Mar 14

    Please stop selling this book as a Kindle item.

    It's lucky I downloaded a free sample first. It is completely unreadable!

    There are several reviewers who have already complained about this. How come neither you nor Amazon have bothered to do anything about it?

  3. #4 Dan 06 Aug 15

    @Tim Hiscock

    Thanks for your comments, I'm from the publisher. The state of the World Atlas works Kindle Fire but it has limitations. The popup (zoom) on the works fine, but the pinch and zoom is not supported on the Kindle Fire device. We've asked Amazon to warn customers of this but so far they have not responded

    When we publish a new edition we will be looking to improve readability and useability

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