Political Handbook of the World 2008
With more than 200 entries on countries and territories throughout the world, the best-selling Political Handbook of the World is the most authoritative one-stop source for throrough and accurate global political information. This volume is renowned for its extensive coverage of major, minor, and antisystemic political parties and groups in each political system around the world. It also provides names of key ambassadors and international memberships of each Country, and profiles over 120 intergovernmental organization.
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Political Handbook of the World, 2012User Review - Book Verdict
Published on a nearly annual basis since 1927, this hefty guide to international affairs and national identities has been updated and revised to reflect by-nation political changes. Lansford (To Protect and Defend) organizes the entries, which can run up to 20 pages, alphabetically by country name. Covered are the country's area, population, language, and principal political figures. This information accompanies an extended historical overview and discussions of political parties, legislature and cabinet figures, intergovernmental alliances, and (when applicable) annexed territories. VERDICT Although it will be made quickly obsolescent by rapidly changing political developments, this reference offers an incredibly information-rich portrait of each nation's current political circumstances.
Political Handbook of the World 2009User Review - Book Verdict
With this handbook, first published in 1928 by the Council on Foreign Relations and an annual since 2007, CQ Press continues its close association with SUNY at Binghamton to provide up-to-date information on the nations of the world. The handbook's main section is the nearly 300 nation entries in alphabetical order, followed by an entry on the Palestinian Authority/Palestine Liberation Organization. A section on over 100 "Intergovernmental Organizations" describes the purpose, history, and membership of each. Nation entries vary in length from three to almost 20 pages, with most running about nine pages. Each entry includes statistics, such as the area and population, as well as basic facts such as monetary unit, languages, major urban centers, political parties, officials, and intergovernmental agency membership and representation. Of greater importance is the thorough analysis of current political events, issues, and situations. BOTTOM LINE This massive work compares favorably with the two-volume Europa World Year Book, which contains many more lists of resources, such as newspapers, periodicals, banks, insurance companies, and trade agencies, but lacks the depth of political analysis found in Political Handbook. Europa is also far more expensive. Much current information is freely available on the web, particularly from the CIA World Factbook, but the historical context and insight offered here is not freely available. Given the complexity and pace of change of international politics, it is wise to purchase at least one good handbook annually. This one is highly recommended.-M. Cordell, Indiana Univ. Lib., South Bend