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The Statesman's Yearbook 2009: The Politics, Cultures and Economies of the World
by Barry Turner
This edition is fully updated and contains more information and analysis than ever before. A foldout color section provides a political world map and flags for all 193 countries. Each copy comes with online access to the full text at no extra cost. Unlimited-user upgrades are also available for libraries who wish to network the data.
Hardcover, 1608 pages
Published August 19th 2008 by Palgrave Macmillan
(first published September 1st 1998)
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1500 pages! Yay I did it! (But it took me about a year and a half.) This book has been published yearly since 1864 by the Brits. The most recent edition will cost you around 350.00. (mine was a year old and I bought it for 15.00) It purports to be the authoritative word on the "politics, cultures, and economies of the world". Reading this book started as an attempt to find the best island to move to, but over time became an attempt to understand better my time and place on this planet. Seriously ...more
Here's a wonderful encyclopedia of country-by-country background info and statistics. Each new edition of the book gives a listing of key historical events (including a historical background), brief demographics data (births, deaths, education level), economic data (major industries and economic sectors), natural resources and energy resources, current political leaders, and much more. Few resources -- yes, even online ones -- package country information like this book does. And it delivers a hi ...more
Barry Turner has been a full-time writer for 30 years. He has worked as a journalist and broadcaster in the field of politics, biography, travel and education, and is the author of over 20 books. He is a regular contributor to The Times as a book reviewer and serializer, and is the editor of the annuals The Writer's Handbook and The Screenwriter's Handbook.More about Barry Turner...