Books: World Enough and Life

LIFE PICTORIAL ATLAS OF THE WORLD (600 pp.)—LIFE and Rand McNally ($30).

An atlas must be a tome, but it need not to be a tombstone. The editors of LIFE and the mapmakers of Rand McNally have produced a popular atlas which is not only larger and glossier than others in its class (it does not compete with such technicians' works as the five-volume, $125 London Times Atlas of the World), but which gives a reader the earth's shape and feel as well as its names and places.

The atlas, which includes a 160-page index, is at its best in its superb relief...

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