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Rand McNally Large Scale Road Atlas: United States [Spiral-bound]

Rand McNally and Company
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5.0 out of 5 stars Good product Nov. 15 2013
By JackRad
Format:Spiral-bound|Verified Purchase
I needed a large format, up-to-date road atlas as a backup to our built-in GPS system. Update discs for the GPS system in our vehicle are expensive. The Rand McNally large scale road atlas is great for the human Navigator [front seat passenger] for both a global view [Nova Scotia to Texas, eg.] and details of cities' road layout. And it's current and new additions are much more affordable than disc updates for the GPS. Fits in the pocket behind the driver's seat.
Pros: as above
Cons: none
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2.0 out of 5 stars Poor quality - pages stuck together June 21 2012
By T. Bartolomei - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Spiral-bound|Verified Purchase
We absolutely LOVED our "American Map" 2005 United States Road Atlas Large Scale Large Type, and we use it constantly as we travel in our motor home. However, we thought we should buy the updated version since it is seven years old now. This "Rand McNally" 2013 Large Scale Road Atlas was shown as its replacement, but it is a FAR CRY in quality from the previous map!! This one has flimsy pages in faded colors. But worst of all, we had to go through EVERY PAGE and unstick it at the spiral binding from the next page, one by one - how ridiculous! We sent the first book back since pages tore as we tried to carefully unstick each one. However, we had a bit more success with the replacement and will be keeping it, though it is no where near the quality of the book we loved produced by American Map. I am guessing that Rand McNally bought out American Map since every time I searched for American Map online, it came up with this Rand McNally version. What a shame that this awesome map we've used for years has been replaced by a skimpy, poorly-made version... and what a disappointment.
69 of 73 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars A disgraceful example of cartography June 28 2012
By bob12and35 - Published on Amazon.com
It's impossible to understand the favourable reviews of this product. First impression: all the pages were stuck together. They had to be carefully separated, pair by pair, trying not to tear the thin paper over the spiral binding. Then when I started trying to use the maps, I was astonished to find that where a map was split across two pages - most maps - there was just an arbitrary break. Words are split, even, unbelievably, letters. You'll find one half (or quarter) of the letter "t" on the left hand page and the remainder an inch away on the right hand page.
Perhaps users expect no better now, but I went back to an old (1996) Gousha road atlas and confirmed my recollection that, by human intervention, every page break was carefully arranged so that words were not split.
That's not all. Many states require two or more double-page spreads. Fine - that's the point of a large format. But there's no overlap. So for example Northeastern Pennsylvania takes a double-page spread on pages 178-179, and Southeastern Pennsylvania is on pages 180-181. Anyone who's actually used a map for driving knows that when there's a town at the bottom of one page, you should be able to find it at the top of the next page. That's how you orient yourself. Not with this road atlas. It's on one or the other, bot both.
It's as if someone laid out a huge map of the US on the floor, cut it into pieces for each state, and slapped the pieces into a book. If you think about it, the art of map publishing involves a lot more than that.
Incidentally, Pennsylvania takes three double-page spreads. Other reviewer have commented on how difficult the size makes the maps to use, but that perhaps depends on the type of use and personal preference. I think it's certainly true that the atlas is of very little use for planning a trip that covers any considerable distance, even within a single state.
And be careful that you know what you're getting. If you want Canada and Mexico, it's easy to purchase the US-only version by mistake.
I am afraid I am deeply suspicious of reviews that claim they found this publication excellent, or even halfway decent.
Now to try to find a decent piece of modern map publishing.
28 of 30 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Still The Best Atlas June 19 2012
By Claudia & Wayne (SKP 98714) - Published on Amazon.com
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The Rand Mcnally atlas like this one is still the best we've seen. We've received other types of atlases over the years however they all are topped by this series. So, what do we like: (1) the plastic spiral will not scratch table tops like atlases using metal spirals, (2) easily to read while laying flat - thus no need to weight down each side, (3) information is presented in a clear and logical manner to include changing scales to adequate showing of interstate exit numbers, etc.

We always have our Rand Mcnally atlas as first choice to reach a destination followed by GPS-based nav systems. Thus we'd turn over our Google Earth system before surrendering our Rand Mcnally.
18 of 19 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars worst atlas June 10 2012
By Margaret L. Cott - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Spiral-bound|Verified Purchase
Got this because I thought it would be easier to see all the roads, numbers, etc. Since the states are all split up on several pages, it's almost impossible to track a trip without ripping the pages out. hate it, hate it, hate it.
12 of 13 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Pages not formatted properly May 8 2012
By Jennifer W. Jones - Published on Amazon.com
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The book is a little too large but the main thing I dislike is that there is not enough overlap of the pages. When the map continues to another page, part of the map is missing. Naturally, the exact place I wanted to see was nowhere to be found either at the bottom of the page or at the top of the next page. You'd think they would know how to plan this after all these years.
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