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Brilliant Maps: An Atlas for Curious Minds Paperback – 4 Nov. 2021
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WITH A FOREWORD BY TIM HARFORD
Which nations have North Korean embassies? Which region has the highest number of death metal bands per capita? How many countries have bigger economies than California? Who drives on the 'wrong' side of the road? And where can you find lions in the wild?
Revelatory, thought-provoking and fun, Brilliant Maps is a unique atlas of culture, history, politics and miscellanea, compiled by the editor of the iconic Brilliant Maps website. As visually arresting as Information is Beautiful and as full of surprising facts and figures as any encyclopaedia, Brilliant Maps is a stunning piece of cartography that maps our curious and varied planet.
For graphic design enthusiasts, compulsive Wikipedia readers and those looking for the sort of gift they buy for someone else and wind up keeping for themselves, this book will change the way you see the world and your place in it.
A brilliant collection ... Absolutely absorbing stuff, beautifully laid out ― Four Shires Magazine
- Publisher : Granta Books; 1st edition (4 Nov. 2021)
- Language : English
- Paperback : 232 pages
- ISBN-10 : 1846276632
- ISBN-13 : 978-1846276637
- Dimensions : 15.8 x 2.3 x 24 cm
- Best Sellers Rank: 13,633 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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That said, many of the maps will be familiar or at least cover familiar ground. Maybe I'm just being touchy, but there seemed to be an odd bent to many of the maps that offered rather pointed observations about the United States. So, we get a map of murders by country, (U.S. is high), prison population as a percentage of country population, (U.S. is high), casualties of World Wars I and II as a percentage of country population, (U.S. didn't suffer as much as others), climate change denial by state, (boy, those guys in the Deep South must be dopes), non-users of the metric system, (U.S. and two other dopey countries), countries that have had a female leader, (not the U.S., yet), and immigrant population, (hey, U.S., you are a nation of immigrants). All true enough, but not exactly news.
Some of the featured facts are weird, (which countries hold elections on which day of the week; a map of places with the longest names; colors of passports ), but some were worth a pause - countries with no McDonalds, a line just above Toronto below which half of all Canadians live, the only 22 countries that the U.K. has never invaded, all the countries raided by Vikings, all of the countries that have invaded Poland.
On the graphic design side, the maps are split between overlays, (which European countries have to fit into California to match its population), or just color coded world maps. There didn't seem to me much in the way of novel design as such.
So, very much a mixed bag. This book is a collection drawn from the author's Brilliant Maps website, and as such it is meant as an entertainment and a thought provoker. In that regard it struck me as enough of a success to be worth a browse.
(Please note that I received a free advance will-self-destruct-in-x-days Adobe Digital copy of this book without a review requirement, or any influence regarding review content should I choose to post a review. Apart from that I have no connection at all to either the author or the publisher of this book.)
The colours on the "quickest growing religion" is also completely wrong - in the UK would indicate "Folk" is the fastest-growing religion which is rubbish. It would seem somebody has the colours wrong, and then I worry about other pages of information I am taking in
I do feel bad for giving it 2/5 as it has some really interesting and enjoyable content, but the execution was bog awful
Sorry to the author Ian Wright it must have take ages to compile. Might be good to have for some as a reference book,
Best map ... The 14 countries GB has NOT invaded ....
Left in downstairs loo ... people won’t come out !!!!