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The People's Almanac Paperback – November, 1975


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Product Details

  • Paperback: 1481 pages
  • Publisher: Doubleday; First Edition edition (November 1975)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0385040601
  • ISBN-13: 978-0385040600
  • Product Dimensions: 9.2 x 6.1 x 2.7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 3.8 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (24 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #117,550 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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I read this book back in the sixties.
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What I love most is that it is not a dry compilation of facts, but a wonderful collection of information presented in a fascinating and entertaining way.
L. D. Rhoden Jr.
Whatever your taste, there is almost certain to be many things of interest to you in this readable and informative book.
K.A.Goldberg

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15 of 16 people found the following review helpful By L. D. Rhoden Jr. on July 16, 1999
Format: Paperback
I bought my copy of this great book over twenty years ago as a teen. What I love most is that it is not a dry compilation of facts, but a wonderful collection of information presented in a fascinating and entertaining way. After all this time, I still get it down from my bookcase and read for the hundredth time about "Footnote People in U. S. History" or "Man-Made Disasters." If you can find a copy, buy it. You won't be disappointed.
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14 of 15 people found the following review helpful By Eugene A Jewett on June 21, 2001
Format: Paperback
This book is a treasure for the predictions alone. They lead off the book in chapter one "the other side of the looking glass: predictions of present-day psychics". It also has predictions by psychics of the past and modern day scientists. Notables include the Berkeley Psychic Institute, Nostradamus, Leo Tolstoi, Daniel Bell-Sociology prof at harvard, Arthur C. Clarke, Paul Ehrlich of Stanford who wrote the population bomb, Orville Freeman- former secty of Agriculture, Herman Kahn- the 300 pound economist, Margaret Mead, McGeorge Bundy, and Roger Revelle: Dean of research at the Univ. of Calif. and Al Gore's original mentor on the environment. The rest of the book is chock full of interesting tidbits. The self-purported difference between this Almanac and others is that this one avers that it gives you facts with truth and honesty. That is to say it avoids special-interest propaganda and government double-talk. The authors present it as a reference book that tries to be entertaining while giving the reader in-depth material on selected topics rather than endless, dry, bare-bones dates and figures on all subjects. Buy it and be the judge. This is a collector's item for all aging hippies from the Age of Acquarius.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on May 24, 1999
Format: Paperback
i've been reading this book pretty regularly for the last 15 years and i've never gotten bored with it. the entire series of "people's almanac" books are the finest set of books i've ever read. add this to your collection at all costs.
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on June 10, 1999
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David Wallechinsky & Irving Wallace have compiled a veritable tome of useful information, widely held and little known facts, and astonishing revelations about the world around us. But it's not merely a fact book or a reference book, it has personality, humor and a kind of charm. It feels like an old friend whenever you consult it. This book is indispensable for your home book collection. Read through this book and you'll find you can't put it down. I've owned this book since it was first published in 1972(?) And find myself consulting it frequently ever since. It's quite tattered and taped now, having been loaned out and re-read so often, but it's still my favorite book.
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on May 26, 1999
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I have had this book for 8 years. I have read it more than 3 times, and it never gets boring. Put this book in your collection; you will not be sorry.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By xxgrendelxx on April 18, 2010
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My parents received this book as a gift when it was published in 1975. Since then, it has kicked around their home and been the source of fascination for our family and friends for thirty-five years.

Much of the information is as accurate today as when it was published. Some subjects have been expanded on or debunked (like the very amusing "predictions section - oh! how disappointed those seers must be not to have witnessed Americans living in Moon colonies or to have survived New York City's submergence under the sea).

Other sections are eminently practical, such as that on different edible fruits and vegetables and their benefits and history, or the presidential profiles, or the Labor/Leftist angled history of the US year by year, many of whose facts are glossed over or little known these days.

As a kid I loved the section on mysterious events though many of those listed have been debunked or partially explained now.

There is a huge section of sports, articles on the history of sex, an excellent and informative essay by Dick Gregory on nutrition where he explains the digestive tract in automotive terms, a history of television, the 14 permutations of the calendar from 1776 through 2000 - the list goes on.

In fact, thirty-five years later and I still find new articles to read in this 1000+ page book! This book was a gateway for all kinds of useful but occasionally obscure information and ideas and I still refer back to it, and I still track down and purchase some of the books noted in the book review section. Some so-called "new" information today was already covered in this book and the others it notes years ago - but every generation seems hell-bent on re-creating the wheel, I supppose.

The price now is absurdly cheap.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By K.A.Goldberg on February 18, 2007
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This superbly readable almanac has loads of interesting tidbits and narratives, and is as relevant today as when it arrived in the mid-1970's. The authors look at such varied topics as world events, history, science, politics, U.S. Presidents, psychic predictions, religion, authors, sex, inventions, etc. Whatever your taste, there is almost certain to be many things of interest to you in this readable and informative book. The authors also have a properly skeptical view of politicians, politics, and propaganda. You can pick this book up for a couple minutes or for several hours, read it in one long sitting, or use it constantly and briefly as a source of reference. The book should be of keen interest to trivia buffs, and though slightly dated, is very much worth having even in this day of internet information.

The father/son author team of Irving Wallace (1916-1990) and David Wallechinsky wrote easy prose that proved very popular with readers. They followed up this winning 1975 effort with PEOPLE'S ALMANAC Volume 2, plus THE BOOK OF LISTS and THE INTIMATE SEX LIVES OF FAMOUS PEOPLE.
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