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The State of the World Atlas

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'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

A groundbreaking atlas and milestone of graphic reporting, this statistically meticulous presentation of trends in maps and charts explains the most challenging issues facing the world today.

Authored by leading international peace researcher Dan Smith OBE, it has sold over 700,000 copies in different languages around the world.

With the economic, global health and geo-political reverberations of Covid-19 referenced throughout, other topics for this new 10th edition include: health • education and gender inequalities • human rights abuses • financial corruption • military might • chemical warfare • plastic waste • climate change

  • Around 258 million people live outside the country of their birth
  • 14% of the world’s children are economically active
  • Nearly 2 billion people in the world are overweight or obese
  • More than 800 million people are undernourished
  • By 2050 almost all seabirds will have ingested plastic
  • Nearly 50% of the world’s economic output is generated in places aiming to achieve net zero carbon emissions by 2050
  • Violence costs the world around $8.3 trillion a year – twice the amount needed to meet the UN’s development goals

New York Times

The State of the World Atlas is something else - an occasion of wit and an act of subversion... These are the bad dreams of the modern world, given color and shape and submitted to a grid that can be grasped instantaneously.

Independent on Sunday

Outspoken cataloguing of global oppressions and inequities, painstakingly sourced.

Evening Standard

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

Pure Living

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

Catherine Ashton, EU High representative

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.


Now in its 9th edition and completely revised and updated, the indispensible guide to the state of the world. All the key indicators and global trends are included from War to Health to Finance and Waste. Without the use of maps, the information here would fill three volumes at least, thanks to Dan Smith we can easily see everything from the horrendous pile of disposable nappies in the USA (3,266,000 tonnes) to the fact that there are over 4 million stateless people in the world. The use of maps in every spread brings clarity and ease of reference. There really is nothing else to compare with this Atlas, its wide-ranging content and striking maps and charts makes it a must-have for any concerned citizen.

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

Ecological and Environmental Education

Very lively and beautifully produced – one of the definite must-buys of books reviewed this year.

International Herald Tribune

A striking new approach to cartography... no-one wishing to keep a grip on the reality of the world should be without these books.

Los Angeles Times

Unique and uniquely beautiful... A single map here tells us more about the world today than a dozen abstracts or scholarly tomes.

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