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Webster's New World Encyclopedia

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ISBN-13: 978-0139474828
ISBN-10: 013947482X
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This revised edition of The Hutchinson Encyclopedia (1990. 9th ed.), a British publication, marks Webster's New World's entry into the select field of one-volume encyclopedias. Three more are projected, with College, Pocket, and Concise editions slated for release in 1993. Arrangement is alphabetical, with arrow symbols serving as somewhat distracting see-also references. The some 25,000 entries are written in plain, explicit prose accessible to a wide audience, with only a small number poorly defined or unclear. Information is current through 1991 in most instances. Emphasis here is on proper names of people, places, and events. It is weaker in covering general concepts and terminology. Nearly 2500 illustrations, mostly color, enliven the text and range in size from a few square inches to a full page. Maps are rudimentary and display an occasional tinting problem, such as Queensland in Australia appearing nearly the same shade of blue as the ocean. As with most comprehensive one-volume works, print is small. This encyclopedia's currency is its strongest aspect. While comparable to other one-volume encyclopedias, such as The Random House Encyclopedia (LJ 11/15/90) and the Cambridge Encyclopedia (LJ 11/1/90), this work's entries are more akin to definitions than articles, in marked contrast to those sources. In the field of one-volume encyclopedias, this is a fairly run-of-the-mill work, like the American Spectrum Encyclopedia (LJ 12/91). Libraries that need a one-volume source would do well to wait for the revised edition of the New Columbia Encyclopedia, scheduled for publication in 1993.
- James Moffet, Baldwin P.L., Birmingham, Mich.
Copyright 1992 Reed Business Information, Inc.

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 1248 pages
  • Publisher: Wiley (September 15, 1992)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 013947482X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0139474828
  • Product Dimensions: 8.8 x 2.4 x 11.1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 6.4 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #4,017,754 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By geoffrey on July 15, 2015
This was a life changing book for me. I agreed with a teenager to read it cover to cover. As I work manual labor I could only give scant time to it..the teenager went on to become a urologist and never cracked it..I still unload a supply truck at night but one day after 8 years, I finished the last article. I didn't do very well in high school and feel I repeated my studies..this habit grew and now I love to learn and I love my mind..I finished two books by Jon Krakauer..Into Thin Air and Into The Wild..I bought two more small encyclopedias( 5$ at Half Price books) the Merriam Websters Collegiate and The Columbia...I decided to write my own rudimentary encyclopedia while I live my life as a type of counter culture and a respite for the robotic amateur attempt,but there is real pleasure in this..Aristotle said an education is the best preparation for old age..true for this mortal man. The Columbia is my Mount Everest...I'm climbing it... the Merriam Webster Collegiate is my Fairbanks Bus base camp for the journey. Over time 100 books have fixed themselves in my memory as secure metaphors for my identity..I can repeat them in 15 minutes and they are as fixed as the Big Dipper or the pyramid on the back of a dollar bill. this is Voltaires Darwin,I walk this garden path daily..its not much but its all true , enjoyable, and doable. ..
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