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The Book of Odds: Winning the Lottery, Finding True Love, Losing Your Teeth and Other Chances (Plume) Paperback – November 1, 1991

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Product Details

  • Series: Plume
  • Paperback: 224 pages
  • Publisher: Plume (November 1, 1991)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0452266920
  • ISBN-13: 978-0452266926
  • Product Dimensions: 8 x 5.3 x 0.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 8.8 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #4,019,033 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

Editorial Reviews

From Library Journal

This mistitled volume is less a book of odds than a compilation of miscellaneous statistics grouped into 13 broad categories. The majority of entries are purely statistical ("The average person eats almost 25 lbs. of bananas a year"), while only a few sections, such as "Gambling" and "Sports," contain actual odds ("The odds that a kickoff will be returned for a touchdown is sic 45 to 1"). The 241 pages may be deceiving; since the print is so large there is an average of only four entries per page. Although most sources are cited, a majority do not indicate the age of the data; those that are dated range from 1959 to 1990. A random entry traced to the 1987 edition of the Statistical Abstract of the United States contained 1980 information. The headings for many entries are insensitive at best ("S-Stuttering," and "Four Eyes"). It is unlikely that librarians will think to look in this book for such facts as the number of airbags in Ford automobiles or the average tax refund, but if they do, the odds are they will not find them quickly: there is no index. A useful book on mathematical probabilities in everyday life remains to be written. Not recommended.
- James Moffet, Baldwin P.L., Birmingham, Mich.
Copyright 1991 Reed Business Information, Inc.

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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on February 6, 1998
Format: Mass Market Paperback
If you ever wanted to know what the odds are of your being fired, getting hit by a bus, or being injured by your lawn mower, then your at the right place. This book gets a ten because it includes the sources for all of its trivia facts. That's a very classy touch in the trivia book world.
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