This is unique in being the first atlas presenting world history, jointly produced by a group of specialists, including a substantial text with accompanying maps, providing a continuous story of world history, from the ancient maps of Ptolemy and Behaim and the portolans of ancient navigators, to world maps of today, and including trends not only of history but of cultures, civilizations and social factors. The maps tell their own stories, graphically, concisely, clearly; the text is scholarly and at the same time eminently readable and readily comprehensible. This is a volume that should be in every public and school library; and on every home bookshelf where quick consultation of background maps makes the reading of historical fiction, biography and social study more meaningful. Statistical tables chart pertinent facts, ancient and modern. The daily papers and radio commentaries alike will mean more with this atlas at hand. In size and weight it is amazingly easy to handle. B. of M. dividend.