Gold-Plated, Short of Comprehensive, Worth Buying,
September 10, 2001
George T. Kurian
Although this book does not have country by country, and it has not been “modernized” with a special section on the Internet, I could not do without it. While I recommend The Economist Pocket World in Figures as the best value (one tenth the cost), I find that this…book is essential to any serious personal library. However, for what the book costs, I would like to see a web-based password-access database offered that would allow data extraction and chart creation. This book is superior to The Economist version in that it lists all countries for which data is available (generally 135-185), and it is a more diverse and well-presented collection of data.