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ISBN-13: 978-1578592159 ISBN-10: 1578592151 Edition: Second Edition, Second edition

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  • Series: The Handy Answer Book Series
  • Paperback: 416 pages
  • Publisher: Visible Ink Press; Second Edition, Second edition edition (April 1, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1578592151
  • ISBN-13: 978-1578592159
  • Product Dimensions: 9.1 x 7.2 x 1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.5 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #107,016 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"An interesting, quick reference book . . . A friendly way to make geography fun." --"Christian Library Journal"

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Paul A. Tucci is the chief operating officer and a partner at iwerk, inc., an innovative software developer and IT services corporation. Throughout his business career he has traveled to more than half of the countries in the world. He is the author of Traveling Everywhere: How to Survive a Global Business Trip. He lives in Birmingham, Michigan.

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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Midwest Book Review on June 11, 2009
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Understanding geography is key to many professions in today's world. Now in a fully updated and expanded second edition, "The Handy Geography Answer Book" offers answers to over one thousand commonly asked questions that lack immediately obvious answers. Which time zones do the north and south poles fall into? Why are so many countries so rife with constant conflict? How did geography help America declare its independence? A fascinating read even for those who don't need to work with geography, "The Handy Geography Answer Book" is worthwhile to browse for fun or profit.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Believer on January 31, 2010
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My son, a Geography & History lover, really enjoys this book. He and his dad read from it almost every night. It takes a different angle than most geography books and the twists make it all the more interesting. Rather than a straightforward, just-the-facts approach, this book adds some background and quirky fun to the facts.
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16 of 21 people found the following review helpful By Freddy on August 14, 2011
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I bought this book due to others' review of it being excellent for kids to learn about geography. I have to say, I kind of like the format of common questions about areas of the world in a rather cut and dry sense. Highest and lowest areas, hottest and coldest, etc. However, there were some topics with an obvious political slant without accompanying facts. For example "Is there enough food to feed the world?" tells us that humans should eat more grain rather than beef. What it fails to mention is that beef is a relatively inexpensive protein source (how much protein do we get from grain?) and that developing countries are increasingly looking at meat for their protein source in light of the fact that beef does indeed require 7 times as much grain as poultry.

Other trivia titles are similar in nature that need to include a bit more information or beg follow up questions:"In the past, how many people were sold into slavery in the United States?" should obviously be followed up with "How and why did slavery become abolished in the US?"

"How many Native Americans were killed during the period of European colonization in the Americas?" might want to be followed up with the same question about similar colonization of Africa and South America by European colonization;

"How many countries has the US military attacked or occupied since the beginning of the year 2000?" has an obvious liberal tone to it and seems rather out of place, but a good follow up question would be "How many countries and people have been liberated from communism and tyrancial rule as a result of US intervention? What about the question the author brings up "Where was the first atomic bomb used on a populated area?"?
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Anne Coughlan on July 8, 2009
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Just got this book and I LOVE it! Where else can you find together in one book the answer to the question of how gerrymandering and a salamander are alike, AND whether Cuba was ever a part of the United States, AND how many countries there are named Congo ?? This is a wonderful book to browse and enjoy, on all fronts. A great gift idea!
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