The World Almanac and Book of Facts is America's top-selling reference book of all time, with more than 80 million copies sold. Published annually since 1868, this compendium of information is the authoritative source for all your entertainment, reference, and learning needs. Praised as a "treasure trove of political, economic, scientific and educational statistics and information" by The Wall Street Journal, The World Almanac contains thousands of facts that are unavailable publicly elsewhere in fact, it has been featured as a category on Jeopardy and is routinely used as a go-to, all-encompassing guide for aspiring game show contestants. The 2012 edition of The World Almanac and Book of Facts will answer all of your trivia questions from history and sports to geography, pop culture, and much more.
|:||World Almanac and Book of Facts|
|Publisher:||Facts on File|
|Publish Date:||Nov 2011|
|Number of Pages:||1007|
|Shipping Weight (in pounds):||1.48|
|Product in Inches (L x W x H):||5.5 x 8.0 x 1.5|
It would be difficult to overstate the breadth of data included between these covers; take, for example, this sampling of indexed entries beginning with the letter p: peas, the House of Plantagenet, the Pueblo Incident of 1958, Preakness Stakes, prime numbers, prisoners' rights, and pregnancy. The book kicks off with a "Year in Review" and then organizes information in sections such as "Economy, Business & Energy", "Crime", "Military Affairs", "Health & Vital Statistics", "Personalities, Arts & Media", "U. S. Facts & History", "World Maps & Flags", "Nations of the World", and "Sports". Enhanced throughout by glossy color photographs, this lively book is one the trivia-minded will find hard to put down.
Verdict: Bursting with fun facts, start-ling statistics, and enticing entries, this self-proclaimed "authority since 1868" is a must-have for every reference desk, classroom, and household. If you buy only one ready-reference book this year (or if you've been chosen to appear on Jeopardy!), purchase this juggernaut with no hesitation.
-Christina Connolly, Clark Univ., Worcester, MA
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