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The World Almanac and Book of Facts 2005 (World Almanac and Book of Facts) Hardcover


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  • Series: World Almanac & Book of Facts
  • Hardcover: 1008 pages
  • Publisher: World Almanac (November 17, 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0886879396
  • ISBN-13: 978-0886879396
  • Product Dimensions: 10.3 x 7.4 x 2.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 4.1 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 3.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (14 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,771,798 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"The World Almanac is the most useful reference book known to modern man."
(Los Angeles Times)

"Provides brief, accurate information on an endless array of subjects."
(The New York Times)

"Useful to any human being on the planet. The World Almanac still reigns as the world's most powerful reference."
(Seattle Times)

Customer Reviews

Advertising hasn't appeared in the Almanac since.
Steven Kimmelman
I am pleased to report that the quality and content have remained at a very high standard.
K. Goh
It does NOT include the results of the 2004 presidential elections.
Richard R

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39 of 41 people found the following review helpful By Brian Melendez on November 5, 2004
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There are many imitators on the market, some of them quite good, but this almanac has set the standard for more than a century. The New York World newspaper began publishing an almanac in 1868, "a 120-page volume with 12 pages of advertising." The newspaper suspended the almanac's publication in 1876, but publisher Joseph Pulitzer revived it in 1886 as a "compendium of universal knowledge." The almanac has been published annually since, outliving the newspaper whose name it still bears. (The World Almanac is not the oldest almanac in publication, however: that distinction belongs to The Old Farmer's Almanac, which is "North America's oldest continuously published periodical," founded in 1792.)

The World Almanac contains much useful information that belongs in any serious basic-reference set. For the world, the almanac presents basic statistics about each nation, and about the world's major religions; and summarizes the world's history, with more detailed histories of the United States and of the preceding year. For the United States, the almanac reprints the nation's organic documents, the Declaration of Independence and the Constitution; lists every community with a population over 5000, with its ZIP code and area code; lists every county (or parish or division) and county seat; contains a directory of the entire Federal government, including Congress and all congressional committees, every executive department, and every court and judge; presents basic statistics about each state and major city, and a short biography of each president; and much more. The almanac also contains bountiful information about education, science, sports, and many other topics. No other single volume offers such a wealth of information on such a variety of subjects.
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50 of 56 people found the following review helpful By Steven Kimmelman on November 22, 2004
Format: Paperback
The World Almanac has throughout most of its 137 year history been one of the very best books available anywhere. I have used it avidly for over 30 years. Unfortunately it pains me to say that the 2005 edition, which is now out in paperback and hardcover in bookstores represents the lowest point in the book's distinguished history. This is because the book went to press in mid-October 2004 and for the first time ever in a presidential election year, the presidential election returns are not included. Also missing are the results of the World Series. Until the last few years, election and World Series results had been a key and vital feature of the Almanac. According to the 2005 World Almanac John Kerry could be the president-elect as of this writing, Tom Daschle is still the Senate Democratic Leader and the "Curse of the Bambino" is still going strong. According to the Almanac's web site only paperback copies for libraries and schools (and not available in bookstores and outlets like Amazon.com) will include the election results.

Instead of trivial and unimportant items like national election and World Series results the rest of us get earth shattering and all-important items like the Almanac's first ever crossword puzzle and the editor's picks of what they think are the all-time favorite TV sitcoms. With no 2004 presidential election returns to report, the 2005 Almanac omits the invaluable Presidential election resturns by county feature. In the past I always looked forwar to this feature, especially in election years as political junkies like myself could see how all of the nation's counties voted in the election.
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22 of 26 people found the following review helpful By Santeria on November 23, 2004
Format: Paperback
As much as I have enjoyed previous editions of the WORLD ALMANAC, having started using the Almanac in the early 90s ( when it was truly an indispensible item), it is really a waste of paper.
Whilst it is not quite yet tabloid trash, it has been so clearly surpassed by the Britannica Almanac 2005, which has so many extras, and such detailed material, that it has now become the bench mark, and all WORLD ALMANAC can do is hope to be able to fix its gross problems. You simply do not dumb down a reference work in order to get extra sales.
Two stars for its ability to keep a broken table leg up.
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18 of 23 people found the following review helpful By Richard R on December 9, 2004
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Be warned, the publishers made the awful decision to take the 2005 Almanac to press too soon. It does NOT include the results of the 2004 presidential elections. Big mistake. For sports fans (and New Englanders), this edition also does NOT include the 2004 World Series results. What a poor decision by the editors. Why not hold the book for another month and put in the elections???
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful By carl womack on February 28, 2005
Format: Paperback
First of all, please allow me to state that I own several editions to this terrific publication, from as far back as 1991. I find it both informative, and entertaining. It is a book that covers a wide array of topics. Here are a FEW of the topics covered in this huge publication: top news stories of 2004, chronology of events of 2003 - 2004, notable supreme court decisions, major actions of the 108th congress, top grossing concerts of all time, top grossing movies of all time, celebrity birthplaces and birthdates, members of the US supreme court, accident statistics, basic first aid, eating disorders, nutritive value of certain food, where to get help (health),US consumer price index of 2003-2004, world's 50 largest banking companies, US and world economics, taxes, your rights as a tax payer, energy, meteorology, historic world disasters, women in the US armed forces statistics, air distances between major world cities, U S population, world history, state statistics, nation statistics, world maps, world nation flags, consumer information business directory, world exploration & geography, the seven wonders of the world, selected world historical figures, US history, the U S Constitution, Lincoln's Gettysburg address, how a bill becomes law, official presidential election results 1948-2000, national parks list, largest US cities, associations and societies, headquarters of selected US religious groups, baseball football basketball racing & fishing records. A perfect gift for any student or trivia buff, and a master reference book. It is a New York Times bestseller and has been printed since 1868. If you want a book that delivers nothing but entertaining information, it's hard to beat this one.
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