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Financial Times World Desk Reference.

5th edition. DK. 735p. illus. maps. index. c2003. 0-7894-9374-8. $30.00.

High quality production marks DK publications, and this is no exception. Even though this is large for a paperback book, it is extremely sturdy. The illustrations are first-rate and the format packs in a great deal of information on each country. There are numerous maps and graphs. At least two pages are devoted to each country, but some countries (Canada, New Zealand, Saudi Arabia and major countries such as the Russian Federation, the USA, and China) have more pages covering them. There is a frankness here not always seen in almanacs: for instance, crime statistics and a brief description of major types of crimes in each country. Since this is a publication of the Financial Times, the major focus is on spending, economics, resources, defense, transportation, education, and tourism. This is a first-class reference book.
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Date:Mar 1, 2003
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