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The CIA World Factbook 2012 by [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

Central Intelligence Agency: The Central Intelligence Agency 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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  • Format: Kindle Edition
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  • Print Length: 864 pages
  • Publisher: Skyhorse Publishing; 1 edition (Oct. 12 2011)
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  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B006OALK9A
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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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32 of 34 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xa6a77c24) 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
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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.
19 of 19 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xa6a77c78) out of 5 stars Stay away from the Kindle edition May 2 2012
By K. Molen - Published on
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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.
11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xa6a77f54) out of 5 stars An Absolutely FASCINATING and Vital Reference for Anyone Wishing to Understand the World as It Is - FIVE STARS Feb. 5 2011
By Richard of Connecticut - Published on
Format: Paperback
This book is one of my favorite reference sources, and has been for several decades now. It is solid and reliable and it is put together by the Central Intelligence Agency. The CIA was established in July of 1947 and formally opened in September of that year. This book was first compiled in 1962 when JFK was President. From its inception it was a classified document that was not available to the public. That changed in June of 1971 when Richard Nixon was President. It then became an unclassified document.

The book is put together in a very distinct way. The analysts at the CIA take information which very simply is raw data. Intelligence on the other hand is information that has been collected, integrated, and evaluated as the book makes clear. The final ingredient to understanding the book is the concept of finished intelligence. For intelligence to be finished is must work its way all the way through the intelligence cycle, and this means it is now ready for policy makers. Finished intelligence comes in 3 forms, which are Basic, Current, and Estimative.

The book basically covers every country on earth, more than 200 of them and there are detailed facts for each country covered. The format covering each country is identical, and this is an important point because I rely on the formatting to help me find the necessary information for each country. No matter which country you are interested in, you will always find the appropriate information in the same places for each country.

I can look up the age structure of a country, the population growth rate, the birth rate, the rate of urbanization, educational expenditures, all kinds of GDP ratios and financial ratios. If it's truly important, it's in this book.

Why You Need This Book:

Politicians lie, the media distorts reality, and newspapers are for the most part written by amateurish people. The numbers in this publication are real, and the CIA is reliant on this publication for its own work. Unless you have an accurate view of reality, it is simply not possible to have worthwhile opinions. Your attitudes should be based on factual input, and then make up your mind from there.

How I Use This Book:

Let's say I want to compare the United States to China and India, and figure out what is really going on? I check and find out that the US has a rate of urbanization of 82%, China is 43%, and India is 29%. We now know that America is vastly more industrialized than either of the other two countries. What about the relative size of their respective economies? The US is almost 15 trillion dollars, while China is touching $10 trillion and India $4 trillion. The growth rates of each country are about 3% for America, and 10% and 9% for China and India respectively.

The point is very simple, when you have the numbers you have the truth, and truth is everything. There is no coloration, there is no bias. You have the numbers and therefore you have the power. Heaven knows how much money and manpower the CIA devotes to gathering this data? Now you have it at your fingertips. This is the type of book that you can just sit back and go through at your leisure and enjoy picking up facts here and there.

You should also be aware that every piece of information that is available in this book is also freely available on the internet under CIA World Fact Book. The problem is that you can only look up one country at a time in the online configuration, whereas in this book, you can flip from country to country and do your own comparisons. This publication has now become an invaluable part of my reference sources, and I suggest you give it a try, and thank you for reading this review.

Richard C. Stoyeck
18 of 20 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xa6f4748c) out of 5 stars CIA Fact Book: Lots of data Dec 4 2010
By Steven Peterson - Published on
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The product description above says that: "From Afghanistan to Zimbabwe, The CIA World Factbook 2011 offers complete and up-to-date information on the world's nations. This comprehensive guide has been updated for 2011 with detailed information on politics, populations, military expenditures, economics, and much more." This is a rich source of information about the various countries around the globe.

North Korea is much in the news lately. What can we learn about this society from the Factbook? The entry (starting on page 351) begins with a very brief introduction to the country. Categories with data for each include: geography, people, government, economy, communications, transportation, military, and transnational issues. Its area is 120,538 square kilometers (South Korea comes in at about 99,720 square kilometers); population is 22,757,275 (compared with South Korea's 48,636,068); death rate is 10.6 deaths per 1,000 population (against South Korea's 6.15 deaths per 1,000--a telling difference); life expectancy at birth is 64.13 years (as opposed to the South's 78.81 years); and so on. The comparisons of one country with another can be fascinating, as exemplified with the brief examination of North versus South Korea.

The country data run from A (starting with Afghanistan) to Z (ending with Zimbabwe). There are reference maps to close out this hefty volume (running 837 pages).

This volume is jam packed with information. It is a useful resource for those who want to get a better sense of a country in brief format. The resource also allows for fascinating comparisons as per the above example.
9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xa6a77d38) out of 5 stars Not What I Expected Feb. 26 2012
By Jim - Published on
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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!