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The Travel Atlas: The Ultimate Atlas for Globetrotters

Lonely Planet. Oct. 2018. 448p. photos. maps. index. ISBN 9781787016965. $50. TRAV
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Two things distinguish this atlas. First is Lonely Planet's approach to mapping, which involves starting with the available data and then filling in gaps and inaccuracies with on-the-ground research; second is the book's creation as a travel guide, which sees it offer general atlas-quality maps with details such as mapped itineraries of different lengths. After world geographic and political maps, the title presents regional sections and then covers particular areas within them, with maps, photos (some look dated and grainy, while others seem more decorative than useful to travelers), and suggested sights and activities in each place. A closing section targets cities that travelers may want to add to their wanderings. Given the volume's size and weight and the necessarily cursory coverage of the places included, this is best consulted in the planning phase of a trip, while the publisher's country-specific guides will be more useful on the journey itself.
VERDICT A great addition to public library shelves.

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