The Atlas of the Real World

Mapping the Way We Live


Winner of The Geographical Association’s 2009 Gold Award this thought-provoking atlas is the ultimate resource for everyone who wants to understand how their country or region fits into the new world order

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Daniel Dorling, Mark Newman, Anna Barford


Winner of The Geographical Association’s 2009 Gold Award for a significant contribution to geographical education, The Atlas of the Real World combines sophisticated software with comprehensive analysis of every aspect of life to represent 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 on a vast range of comparative topics – land area, alcohol consumption, technology exports and imports, population, malaria, carbon emissions – in all, here are hundreds of key indicators to the way we live. This is an atlas which is both informative and eye-opening – the rainforests of South America, with 30 per cent of the world’s fresh water, make the continent balloon in an analysis of water resources, whereas Kuwait – dependent on desalinated sea water – completely disappears from the map. The topics cover a vast range of subjects including population, transport, natural resources, energy, globalisation, 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.

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.

Additional information

Weight 1944 g
Dimensions 23.7 x 27.5 cm
Publisher name Thames and Hudson Ltd
Publication date 6 September 2010
Number of pages 416
Format Paperback / softback
Dimensions 23.7 x 27.5 cm
Weight 1944 g


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Daniel Dorling is Professor of Human Geography at the University of Sheffield, UK.

Mark Newman is The Paul Dirac Collegiate Professor of Physics at the University of Michigan, USA.

Anna Barford is a Research Associate at the University of Sheffield, UK.