This book begins by giving you a geographic snapshot of the world as a
whole, often using the United States as a point of comparison. It then
takes you on a tour of the earth’s seven continents and 191 countries.
You’ll learn about places and people, landscapes and languages. You’ll
learn about the largest and smallest, the highest and lowest, and the
hottest and coldest. You’ll learn which countries are growing, and
which are shrinking, and why. You’ll see how we depend on other parts
of the world for so many of the products we use in our part of the