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The World Almanac and Book of Facts 2011 [Kindle Edition]

World Almanac , Sarah Janssen , M. L. Liu
4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (48 customer reviews)

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Book Description

The World Almanac® and Book of Facts is America's top-selling reference book of all time, with more than 80 million copies sold. Published annually since 1868, this compendium of information is the authoritative source for all your entertainment, reference, and learning needs. Praised as a treasure trove of political, economic, scientific and educational statistics and information by the Wall Street Journal, The World Almanac® contains thousands of facts that are unavailable publicly elsewhere in fact, it has been featured as a category on Jeopardy! and is routinely used as a go-to, all-encompassing guide for aspiring game show contestants. The 2011 edition of The World Almanac® and Book of Facts will answer all of your trivia questions from history and sports to geography, pop culture, and much more.

Key Features:

  • 2010 Time Capsule
  • 2010 Olympic Games
  • 2010 Midterm Election Results
  • U.S. Colleges and Universities
  • Population Statistics for Cities over 10,000 People
  • The World at a Glance
  • Offbeat News Stories
  • World Series Results
  • Year in Pictures


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Editorial Reviews

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

"My #1 reference work for facts." ----Will Shortz, The New York Times Crossword Editor

"For the most information in one source, The World Almanac® remains the champion." --American Library Association

Product Details

  • File Size: 85052 KB
  • Print Length: 1008 pages
  • Publisher: World Almanac; 1 edition (January 7, 2011)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B004FEG3AI
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Lending: Not Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #356,429 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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48 of 49 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Bad choice for Kindle January 16, 2011
By KlamFan
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
Always look forward to this reference and thought it would make a good addition to my Kindle. I can't recommend that and suggest you stay with the paper version. The Kindle version appears to be screen shots of all too many of the tables and charts making them virtually unreadably small, and changing font size has no effect on these 'pictures'. Very disappointed.
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38 of 40 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Illegible dumps (tiny repros) ruin this Kindle edition January 18, 2011
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
Totally frustrating experience trying to read this ridiculous excuse for a Kindle edition! The clowns producing and selling us this garbage apparently have no shame in ripping people off, people who might want to actually *read* any of those many many tables and lists so common in an almanac!

In fact, this is worse than a simple waste -- it's literally infuriating!

I should have read the other reviews before purchasing this sorry 'piece of work'!! So much of it is just a nasty bait-and-switch con that there really should be laws against allowing this kind of customer rip-off, since normal ethical practices are obviously not even considered by the crooks who stick us with this pile of illegible screen shots for so many of its pages of tables and lists.

I'd try to get my money back if I knew of a way to do that for a Kindle purchase (on Jan 17, 2011).

Shame on the crooked publishers pawning this garbage off as an actual book to read ...

Update on Thurs., Jan 20, 2011

Thanks to the kindness of Lady Galaxy for reminding me of the Amazon policy of being able to receive a refund for a Kindle book within a week of purchase (I'd never felt the need before), I requested and promptly received just that! I was also very pleased with the marvelously generous and pleasant Amazon support for the Kindle, getting immediate approval for a refund for this sorry production of a Kindle book -- no hassle at all ... and I remain a devoted Kindle user and happy customer once again! In fact I'm such a Kindle fan that I'm always recommending it to others ... and this experience only adds to the good reasons for doing so !!
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27 of 31 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars An annual treat December 5, 2010
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
Each year, I look forward to the publication of this cornucopia of facts, factoids, and statistics. This year's annual publication meets my normal expectations.

Just looking at the table of contents gives a sense of the scope of the 2011 volume. Special features and the year in review open the volume (e.g., Top Ten News Topics, Health Care Reform, Notable Quotes, and Historical anniversaries). The year in pictures is another feature, with a series of color photos commemorating events and people from 2010.

Then, the substantive material, with categories such as: Economy, business, and energy; Crime; Military affairs; Health and vital statistics; science and technology; consumer information; US facts and history; World maps and flags; US government; US Cities, states, and population; World history and culture; Sports. The volume concludes with a detailed index.

What of statistics? I'll simply report what pops up on a few pages that I select at random. On page 203, there is a listing of philosophers and religious figures from history (e.g., John Cotton, Karl Jaspers, Johann Fichte). Page 351 features information on small Solar System bodies, such as asteroids and comets; Page 453 summarizes important historical events in American History from 1936 (Jesse Owens winning four gold medals) to 1946 (a steel strike); Page 529 focuses on election results in the 2004 and 2008 presidential elections county-by-county in Georgia. Page 591 contains basic descriptive information on two American states--North Carolina and North Dakota. Page 749 has a more global coverage--with basic data about Armenia and Australia.

There are also rich data from the world of sports.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Everyone's Perfect Reference Book December 18, 2010
Format:Paperback
There are few reference books that everyone needs--but this book is the exception because everyone can use this book. Whether you are preparing for another great round of Trivial Pursuit or just wanting to know some unusual facts, THE WORLD ALMANAC 2011 is something you want to have on your book shelf.

Not everyone lives online or on their latest Smartphone device. Get this book for easy access to facts on the world. For example, in ranking of population, what is the fifth largest city in the U.S.A.? I suspect many people will instantly get the first, second and third city correct but number five? It's near where I live: Phoenix, Arizona.

I recommend this reference book.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars If I could only have one Book, this would be it. April 12, 2011
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
Here is my acid test on entertainment - If I could only have one, which would it be?

Well this book is my entertainment and information go to source that beats the net. So much data, that is not really avialble on the internet. Concisely assembled and easily accessible.

It takes some getting used to, but I have been using this Almanac for over 30 years, and it always delivers.

Want to fact check a political speech, very easy with referenced official data - not some unfounded rantings of a net weirdo.

Arm yourself with information, and never look back.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars A useful purchase every year
Wish someone would give me a new copy every year. No writer or student can do without the latest version of this book.
Published 2 months ago by A. Jay
5.0 out of 5 stars Keep printing them!
Hi

We have had a copy of issue in our library since 1957.

Every house needs one!

Best regards

J R Owan
Published 3 months ago by John Owan
5.0 out of 5 stars A Mini Encyclopedia
This is a present I give to myself each year. It's chockful of useful, up to date, most practical information. In excellent condition.
Published 4 months ago by bugsbaker
5.0 out of 5 stars World Almanac: Late night reading
12/03/2013 5:06pm World Almanac 2011
Sometimes when I grab for my "World Almanac' and it could be any edition,
I forgot what I was going to look up because I stopped... Read more
Published 4 months ago by Stefano Montinino
5.0 out of 5 stars Best Almanac
My dad always bought these books every year. When he passed in 1979, I kept up the tradition. My favorite sections are the year in review, news highlights, annual obituaries, to... Read more
Published 9 months ago by Mr. Dana
4.0 out of 5 stars Best in paper format
After obtaing my first online ebook version of an Almanac I think I will (for 2014) when I get it again (I tend to get one every two or three years) opt for the paper version. Read more
Published 10 months ago by M
5.0 out of 5 stars My Almanac
This is a book that I buy every year so I can keep up with astronomical events. The section of monthly movements of the planets, moon and stars are very helpful when the weather... Read more
Published 12 months ago by old_broad
5.0 out of 5 stars The World Almanac and Book of Fact 2011
Great Book. Well recommended for grade 5 and up. Also. Nice book to keep at home.
I bought for my son. His friends also got one copy.
Published 17 months ago by Book Reader
5.0 out of 5 stars Best book
One of the most informative books a person can buy. Any subject that you can think of is listed. Very good reading.
Published on November 7, 2011 by Paul J Caldwell
4.0 out of 5 stars Necessary Item of Living
The World Almanac has been a mainstay of mine for as long as I can remember. The Farmer's Almanac is another good reference book. Read more
Published on November 3, 2011 by A. L. Lake
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