The Phaidon Atlas of Contemporary World Architecture:
The Phaidon Atlas was in every design magazine's holiday gift list in November and for good reason. It features over 1,000 buildings from around the world—"from the Arctic circle to the African deserts"— built in the last 5 years. Basically a who's who (or should I say what's what) of contemporary architecture, it's so massive— about 20 pounds—that the book comes packaged in a plastic case with a carrying handle. Of course, the price is just as massive—$160 (although Amazon.com is now selling it for $100.