MAPS, CHARTS & ATLASES. A definitive reference on how regions and countries compare in resources, production, consumption, and more. Advances in technology have made widespread and detailed data gathering easier, resulting in a deluge of statistics on subjects as diverse as literacy rates, military spending, overweight children, television viewing figures, and endangered species. But how do we represent and compare data from one part of the world to another in a useful way? Here, digitally modified maps depict the areas and countries of the world not by their physical size but by their demographic importance on a vast range of topics. This innovative and exceptionally accessible reference work will be an indispensable tool for journalists, economists, marketers, politicians, financiers, environmentalists, and scholars. Its cartograms are augmented by graphs, tables, and full commentaries.