The Atlas of the Week is a solid and necessary choice for study in our class The Rhetorical Lives of Maps. My pick is the National Geographic Atlas of World War II: History’s Greatest Conflict Revealed Through Rare Wartime Maps and New Cartography. While the title is certainly long, I believe that this Atlas is vital due to its context in history and its ramifications on the Cold War. Its context is vital because of the change of borders and the large effects caused by the global war on nations and states. It also allows our class to have more insight into Cold War maps because we would understand contested areas and battlefields better. This would allow us to understand the Soviet Bloc in western Europe, which is so often represented. Overall, this Atlas, while it is certainly basic, is an essential piece of context for our class.