This is sub-titled A Geographic Picture of the World We Live In, and while it fulfills this goal it is a great deal more. For here in terms of world geography is the global pattern of when and where and how man lives, what he has done -- or failed to do-with what provides his background- and the extent to which this is responsible for the rich and poor, the privileged and the underprivileged peoples, the whys of mankind's uneven spread over the world's surface. Here are the basic factors of the home of man:- the face of the earth, the drama of climate and weather. Here too man and his relationship to these factors,- political, cultural and social. After the introductory chapters, the material is broken down into geographical areas and within each area there is enough of history, political and social, to indicate the extent to which man has achieved or failed to achieve relationship with his environment. Man has it-the author feels- within his power to create a bounteous and peaceful world, and he indicates the directions in the world today. There is a full 16-page atlas section, numerous illustrations and orientation charts and maps throughout. The jacket unfolds to a full-color historical map. With the new trend in teaching geography at the college level, this should provide excellent background.