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The CIA World Factbook 2012 [Kindle Edition]

The Central Intelligence Agency
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From Afghanistan to Zimbabwe, The CIA World Factbook 2012 offers complete and up-to-date information on the world’s nations. This comprehensive guide is packed with detailed information on the politics, populations, military expenditures, and economics of 2012.

For each country, The CIA World Factbook 2012 includes:

Detailed maps with new geopolitical data
Statistics on the population of each country, with details on literacy rates, HIV prevalence, and age structure
New data on military expenditures and capabilities
Information on each country’s climate and natural hazards
Details on prominent political parties, and contact information for diplomatic consultation
Facts on transportation and communication infrastructure
And much more!

Also included are appendixes with useful abbreviations, international environmental agreements, international organizations and groups, weight and measure conversions, and more. Originally intended for use by government officials, this is a must-have resource for students, travelers, journalists, and business people with a desire to know more about their world.

About the Author

The Central Intelligence Agency (CIA), is an independent agency responsible for providing national security intelligence to senior US policymakers. The CIA is separated into four basic components: the National Clandestine Service, the Directorate of Intelligence, the Directorate of Science & Technology, and the Directorate of Support. They carry out “the intelligence cycle,” the process of collecting, analyzing, and disseminating intelligence information to top US governmental officials. They are located in Langley, Virginia.

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4.0 out of 5 stars Great book, something is missing July 30 2012
By Elijah
Format:Paperback
The CIA World Fact-book is a great book.
But I noticed that it is missing information on the Republic of Congo. Why is this or is it under a different name.

If so could someone please tell me, Thank you!

Also I saw that the 2013 paperback edition is coming out on September 3,2012.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent Material, not for everyone, but stil a 5 star book Dec 22 2011
By CDR Henry J. Parker USN (Ret) - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
The CIA World Factbook is NOT for everyone. Too many people end up buying this book just because they see the letters `CIA' on the front of the publication. And when they get it home they only discover that it is not the book that they thought it was. Hence you see people reviewing this book and giving the book a low grade of either 1 or 2 stars.

But for serious students of events taking place world wide, this is a book that is an absolute necessity to have in your library. A definite 5 star book.

The CIA just does not cover the globe with a army full of `spies.' The CIA was founded to replace the old OSS (Office of Strategic Services) that was during WWII a true spy organization. But after WWII the US government realized that they really didn't have a true appreciation of countries around the globe insofar as their origin, history, geography, recent changes (political, economic or military), current updates on the people themselves, government, transportation, and trans-national issues.

This book is not for the average person, but more for a person who wants to keep up with the total update from the year before of what is really going on in countries around the globe, both friendly nations, and not so friendly nations.

It does not cover sports, or developments in science, Personalities, the Arts and Media. It does not go into giving the reader a list of past Presidents, Prime Ministers, and current State Capitols, etc., but keeps the reader up to day on changes in countries, and areas of the globe that affect not only that particular country, but the USA as well.

If this country had to go to war with any country on the globe, then this book would be the very first one that the heads of the military would pick up. This book, had it been around in 1939, for instance, would have given the leaders of the US a far better picture of conditions in every country that, either might become a battleground, or did become one.

For a retired military intelligence officer like myself, this book has global significance that I, and my colleagues still on active duty need to know, and at a moments notice. The information published in this book comes directly from the CIA, but don't forget that these facts are only those facts that are already in the public domain, and the contents of this book contains information that has been de-classified, but many, far too many people wouldn't know where to look to get these facts. Well the CIA has done just that.

If the golf courses were all closed in one country during a weekend, and the men didn't have anything better to do than to invade the country next door to gain control of, not only that country, but their golf courses, then this would be the book that they would pick up to get a complete overall picture of the country whose golf courses they wish to conquer.

As I said this book is not for everyone, but for those who want a true global perspective on every country and region in the world, they this book is for them.

Again 5 stars because of it's detailed contents.
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2.0 out of 5 stars Stay away from the Kindle edition May 2 2012
By K. Molen - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
While it looks like all the actual content is present in this book, it's a great example of how NOT to do an e-book.

First off we have the formatting. It's very poor, with whole paragraphs of text right adjusted and taking up only half the screen with the rest of it being a huge white space.

Second, and for a reference book this is a biggie, it doesn't have a working table of contents. Instead it just has a list of countries, but those countries aren't links but just plain text. What should happen is that each country should be clickable, so I can easily get to the appropriate page, but instead I just have a near useless list of countries covered in the book. It's as if someone started making the table of contents but forgot to add linking.

So yeah, the content is there and if I'm willing to put up with the poor formatting I am able to find the information I'm looking for, but it certainly could be much more user friendly. Crossing my fingers that this will all be fixed in an update at some point.
9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Not What I Expected Feb. 26 2012
By Jim - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
I purchased an earlier edition of the CIA Factbook and was satisfied with it because the maps and flags were in color. This 2012 version is in black and white, and map details do not display well on iPad or Kindle Fire. Nothing in the sales section for the book, which shows a book in color, tells you that it is a black and white edition. Very deceptive!
13 of 17 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars A careless, negligent edition Oct. 22 2011
By Adamon - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
I only have one complaint, but a big one. On the back cover: "The CIA World Factbook 2012 offers: Detailed maps with new geopolitical data" but, in fact, "For each country included", regardless of its size, be it France or Cyprus, a little black & white photograph (yes, a photograph!) of a sketch of a map is provided, in lighter or darker shades of gray, showing barely legible names of the largest cities, not in black but in dark gray, and some other details, such as names of rivers, in lighter gray on the still lighter gray background, impossible to read even with a magnifying glass. Sometimes even the main features are unintelligible, as on the "map" of The Gambia, page 242.
At the end of the book, some additional "maps" are provided, in the same manner. For example, on page 828 "Physical Map of the World" one can only recognize foggy outlines of continents and names of the largest countries, such as Brazil or Russia, but other details are lost in the grey fog. This kind of carelessness puts everything else in the book under suspicion. If the editors did not care at all for one feature that is promised on the cover, I doubt if they cared for the rest.
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars impossible to navigate Nov. 20 2012
By julien - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
I purchased this in the hope I could use it to look up facts re countries.
It is impossible to navigate. You cannot click on a country in the contents and get there you have to go page by page.
I have deleted it as useless in its present form.
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