WASHINGTON (April 15, 2008)–Worldwide attention continues to focus on the Middle East, a region at the crossroads of faith and conflict, rich with history and culture but ravaged by war. An essential and timely resource providing extraordinary coverage of the region is the completely revised NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC ATLAS OF THE MIDDLE EAST, SECOND EDITION (National Geographic Books; ISBN 978-1-4262-0221-6; April 15, 2008; $21.95).
Library Journal praised the award-winning first edition as “the answer to both a reference librarian’s prayer and almost any library’s book budget.” The second edition is a fascinating and powerful reference for anyone wanting to know more about one of the most complex and volatile areas on the globe.
This new edition includes three more countries — Sudan, Afghanistan and Pakistan— expanded content and 32 additional pages. A new section on conflict explains regional struggles in areas such as Iraq, Darfur, the occupied territories of the West Bank and Gaza Strip. The spread on religion is enhanced with charts and graphs that convey key information on religious adherents by region, political area and branch of Islam. Ethnic coverage documents the plight and increasing influence of the Kurds. A collection of customized, updated National Geographic maps, renowned for their accuracy and design, reveals dramatic political, physical, cultural and historical geography. New maps of Istanbul, Dubai, Amman, Mecca and Karachi are added, as well as a new “Israeli-Palestinian Conflict” spread with an in-depth sequence of eight maps.
The atlas is packed with information that will allow a broader and deeper understanding of the Middle East. A variety of regional thematic spreads cover topics that provide greater knowledge of the region, such as urbanization and population, religion, language and ethnic groups, oil, fresh water, food and agriculture, and climate. Development indicators such as education, infant mortality, literacy rates, trade and foreign aid are also included in this thematic section. Pictures, flags, fact boxes and graphs enhance the newsworthy topics presented, as does a place-name index and a time line from 1900 to 2008 illustrated with photos.
Insightful and thought-provoking essays by National Geographic staff experts help bring this turbulent arena into sharp and understandable focus. NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC ATLAS OF THE MIDDLE EAST, SECOND EDITION, is a valuable, topical, and absorbing source for history, geography and regional trends of an area that has become the pivot point for our global future.