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Travel Books: “Atlas Obscura” maps world’s best weirdness

“Atlas Obscura” (Workman Publishing, hardcover, $35), however, is more an encyclopedia of those fun facts (as well as some gruesome, bizarre and baffling facts). According to the authors, it’s a guide to “the curious, out-of-the-way places that don’t often make it into traditional guidebooks.” Built in 1970, the bronze sculpture captures the leader of the Russian Revolution making a little smirk that only slightly undermines the force of its 42-ton, 25-foot-tall proportions.
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