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Encyclopedia Britannica (32 Book Set) Hardcover – March 1, 2003

ISBN-13: 978-0852299616 ISBN-10: 0852299613 Edition: 15th

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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 32640 pages
  • Publisher: Encyclopedia Britannica Inc; 15 edition (March 2003)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0852299613
  • ISBN-13: 978-0852299616
  • Product Dimensions: 22 x 17 x 15 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 144.8 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #638,854 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

Editorial Reviews

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Encyclopaedia Britannica (EB) continues to be an authoritative resource. The 64,900 articles are signed by more than 4,300 contributors and have extensive bibliographies. The latest printing of the fifteenth edition retains the Micropaedia/Macropaedia/Propaedia structure that originated with great fanfare in 1974: short articles for quick reference in the Micropaedia, in-depth treatment of broad topics in the Macropaedia, and an "outline of knowledge" in the Propaedia.

New entries cover the September 11 attacks, al-Jazeera, and al-Qaeda, all in the Micropaedia. September 11 attacks includes a map showing the flight plans of the doomed planes and a picture of the World Trade Center in flames. Others among the 115 new entries include Barbie, Botox, Designer drugs, Ecoterrorism, Ethnic cleansing, and Swiss Army Knife . Among the 64 rewritten or revised articles are Cru sades, Geometry, Intelligence and counterintelligence , and Solar system. Twelve new maps and 180 new illustrations make the material more current. There is no coverage of SARS (too new), but users will find West Nile virus. Unless attached to rewritten entries, the bibliographies have not been updated.

The Macropaedia article on Afghanistan is 12 pages long and has been updated in several places to reflect changes in 2002, although there is no mention of Hamid Karzai's election on June 13. The index misses the reference in the article to the September 11 attacks. The Micropaedia article on George W. Bush, which ends with the November 2002 elections, mentions his efforts during that year to focus world attention on Iraq. The Macropaedia article on Iraq ends in 2000, but users are referred to the Britannica Book of the Year for later developments.

We particularly like EB's coverage of non-U.S. topics. Macropaedia articles on other countries and on cities outside the U.S can be extensive. United Kingdom is 137 pages; Vienna and Venice are 6 and 8 pages, respectively; West Indies is almost 70 pages. We also like the extensive, scholarly Macropaedia bibliographies. The three-part structure can be cumbersome, so users should check the index first (in fact, the Micropaedia often prompts them to do so) in order to take fullest advantage of what EB has to offer.

Conclusion: EB retains its position as an excellent scholarly reference source for public, academic, and secondary-school libraries. RBB
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28 of 33 people found the following review helpful By Dr. Joseph S. Maresca HALL OF FAMETOP 1000 REVIEWER on August 24, 2004
Format: Hardcover
The latest Britannica contains full-color illustrations which

accompany the text. It is easy to read. The articles are

comprehensive with an exhaustive listing of references. The

volumes are quite valuable for their up-to-date coverage of

the new world geography. i.e. The Russian Republics

This version would be very useful for any student project in

the arts or sciences. The technical content of the engineering

topics is superb. The presentation is helpful for studying

complex topics for the first time. Suppose you were studying

thermodynamics and required additional background beyond the

basic text. The Britannica provides a wealth of information on

the subject together with the major engineering processes.

i.e. Carnot The presentation is valuable because the authors

present the subject in an uncomplicated format. Formal textbooks tend to be highly technical from the start of the subject.

Britannica is an excellent teaching aid because

the articles on each subject area are complete with helpful

supplemental references for further study. These volumes would

be an outstanding addition to any private library collection.

The price is reasonable. In addition, the editors offer a

CD presentation for use on the computer. Britannica is known to

be the authoritative source on almost any research topic.

The volumes would be good for utilization as a starting point

in formal dissertation research because each subject has a

plethora of research references.

The purchase is worth the price charged for the pictures alone.

If storage space is a problem in your home, then I would recommend getting the CD rom.
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26 of 36 people found the following review helpful By Alex N. on October 3, 2013
Format: Hardcover
I purchased the last print edition of Encyclopedia Britannica as a collector's edition. Not long after, I received an annual Encyclopedia Britannica Edition that I never ordered, along with a $100 bill. Then when I sent the book back at my expense, they said they never got it and insisted that I pay the $100. Their letters got increasingly threatening until I finally had to send them a cease and desist and file a complaint with the BBB. Watch out. This company is desperate since their primary business has disappeared, and they have resorted to swindling their customers by sending them merchandise they never ordered (which is illegal). It's actually pretty pathetic that this once esteemed organization has resorted to second rate mail order swindles. Don't buy anything from them.
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6 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Dene on September 27, 2012
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I am crazy about being able to find this encyclopedia set in perfect condition to replace the one that I lost in a house fire a few years ago. Thanks to the seller where I was able to purchase it everything arrived in excellect condition also. You all have made me a very happy fellow since the written word is so much beter than buying a set that is computer-driven.
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