(No, not Atlas Shrugged.)
My friends and I played pub trivia last night, and came to an important realization: we suck at geography questions, and we need to get better at them.
(We also suck at sports questions, but no one’s interested in trying to develop that knowledge base. And there are generally fewer sports questions. Anyway…)
So I’d like to get an atlas, one of the table-covering ones that features all of the countries on all of the continents with some info on cities, rivers, mountains, and other features of note.
Just one thing: there are a lot of atlases out there. Many of them are expensive. And I don’t know which one(s) are quality reference works, and which are a waste of time.
So I open the question to my fellow Dopers: which atlases do you like? Which one would be best for general reference work and knowledge building? Priorities: a survey of the whole world that isn’t incredibly expensive. While good quality illustrations would be nice, they needn’t be pristine.