Whether planning a vacation, keeping in touch with world news, solving crosswords, or just exploring the world, this completely updatedatlas has all the necessary information. An amazingly detailed view of the world is provided by 260 pages of mapping, and the illustrated thematic content covers the most important geographical issues of the day. The reference mapping has been completely revised with thousands of changes reflecting recent geopolitical and geographical changes around the world. A unique section shows how the world looked over the last 150 years through maps from the "Times" atlases. Updated plans of 32 of the world's great cities are included on the reference maps of the country in which they are located for easy reference. All thematic and statistical information in the introductory section has been updated to reflectcurrent geographical and global issues. The index containsmore than130,000 place names, fully cross-referenced with alternative and former names."
The new "Collins Dictionary of the English Language" is comprehensive and authoritative, providing an endlessly browsable "good read" for language lovers. Elegantly packaged with attractive yet durable binding, this is the perfect gift for the dictionary buff or language lover in your life. This dictionary contains all the words and definitions you need every day, plus over 200 essays and special features on a wide range of language topics. With essays on the history of English, the influence of other languages on English, and English as it is used around the world, this reference also touches on the language of historically important writers (including Chaucer and Shakespeare), and grammar controversies.