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Product Details

  • Series: World Almanac & Book of Facts
  • Paperback: 1008 pages
  • Publisher: World Almanac; 1 edition (November 22, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1600571484
  • ISBN-13: 978-1600571480
  • Product Dimensions: 7.9 x 5.3 x 1.7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.6 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (91 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #517,993 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Published annually since 1868 and long considered the standard behind-the-desk reference source, the latest version of The World Almanac and Book of Facts is still a great addition to any library collection, even though trivia lovers seem to be fulfilled using Google and Wikipedia. Divided into broad categories—including “Economy, Business, & Energy”; “Personalities, Arts, & Media”; “Sports”; and “U.S. Facts & History”—the skimmable lists showcase trivia and facts.There are also useful segments such as a “Year in Review,” a 2012 election preview, a time capsule, and lists of various award winners. The general index is easy to use. This title is recommended for libraries of all types, but whether to keep it behind the desk for ready reference or circulate it will be the question. For the price, it’s not a bad idea to do both. --Rebecca Vnuk --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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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

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The World Almanac And Book Of Facts is a great source of reference and information.
Jim8120
It's surprising how often family and guests will pick up this book and spend time flipping through it to learn something new.
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We have a tradition in our household, every year we get the new World Almanac & Book of Facts.
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Most Helpful Customer Reviews

30 of 33 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on November 20, 2011
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I was happy to get my new Almanac. It has all the latest census data, updated gov't info, and lots of facts for fact freaks. I suppose I'm getting older, but the print size seems to have gotten smaller over the years and I have probems reading it in dim lighting. I feel like every home should have one of these to help in solving questions about almost anything.
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19 of 20 people found the following review helpful By Steven A. Peterson TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on December 10, 2011
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This is about as good as it gets for trivia freaks. All manner of facts and figures. All manner of data. One of the things that I like to do is to simply randomly pick pages and take a look at what shows up.

Here are some examples.

Page 192. Political Leaders. The first few examples from this page: Frances Perkins (first female Cabinet member under FDR); Eva Peron; Juan Peron; Joseph Pilsudski; Charles Pinckney; and so on.

Page 329. Celestial Events, 2012; Astronomical positions and constants (not necessarily a must read for me!).

Page 577. Information about two states--Montana and Nebraska. For these (and other states), we learn about the states' populations, their geography, chief industries, state motto and flower and song (Did you know that the state flower of Montana is the Bitterroot?), tourist attractions, and so on.

Page 665. Here, we see a description of world history from 1950-1959. Among the entries here: Events in Korea, Indochina (early years of the Vietnamese conflict), China (The Great Leap Forward).

Page 786. This is in the midst of a section on countries of the world. This page features Indonesia. We learn of its population, age distribution, geography, finances, economy, important historical events, and so on.

And on it goes. . . .

For people who just want a sense of what information is available across many domains, this is a wonderful volume! I await the publication of each year's volume with considerable anticipation. This year's volume is no disappointment.
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27 of 33 people found the following review helpful By Brian Melendez on November 20, 2011
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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, though: 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; contains a directory of the entire Federal government; 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.

The 2012 edition does differ in a few important respects from other recent editions -- sometimes for the better, sometimes not. For the better, the 2012 edition reinstates the longtime feature (omitted from the 2009 edition) listing every community with a population over 10,000 (raised from 5,000 in older editions), with its ZIP code and area code.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Sigvat Stensholt on December 28, 2011
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As always, the World Almanac 2012 remains a treasure trove of information, with information on just about any subject you can imagine. Still, in this edition, there are choices that I do find rather odd.

To take an example: Even though the US Census took place in 2010, and the results are in for this edition, the World Almanac still does not have the county-by-county population figures. However the county-by-county election results for the presidential election in 2008 is still in. Why keep the "old news" of a three year old election in, while excluding the current news of the new population?

Generally though, the statistics remain up to date and the book is still highly useful.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Erica Steinberger on December 27, 2011
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We have a tradition in our household, every year we get the new World Almanac & Book of Facts. This is a "must have" book for our home library and comes in very handy during the year. It is a great tool to learn about all kinds of interesting facts.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By THE 'Older Than Dirt' Time Traveller TOP 500 REVIEWER on August 27, 2012
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I have pre-ordered
The World Almanac and Book of Facts 2013
(yes, I know this review is about the previous one.)
I'm such a blabbermouth that I'm going to tell you something that you just MIGHT not know.

Almanacs are like government fiscal (FY) years. FY2013 starts 1 October of 2012. It's a budget gizmo-thingie.

THAT being said, almanacs coverage ALSO begins in October (or November) of the year before the date on the book.

This 2012 Almanac covers 1 November 2010 through 31 October 2011... it doesn't actually have anything to do
with 2012. THAT being said, just to drive everybody N=U=T=S, THE 2013 WORLD ALMANAC AND BOOK OF FACTS will begin,
naturally, with November 2011, and skip past Halloween 2012 and cover the National Elections [6 NOV], almost a
week later... which IS g--r--e--a--t! No word, yet, if the 2014 edition just repeats that extra six days, but it
DOES give a selling point for TWO years' almanacs.

In past almanacs covering election years, it has been common to give free access to "bonus" ELECTION YEAR content,
on-line. Those of us in our retirement years would rather have a book in our hands. Since ENCYCLOPEDIAS went the way
of dodo birds... most seniors vote like their LIFE depended on it... and can READ... well.. READ it!
So, to
The World Almanac and Book of Facts 2013
and
The World Almanac and Book of Facts 2013
I say:

"Bravo! Well done! I just hope 'my guy' wins. How-a-bout you?"

Remember: 2012 ELECTION RESULTS are in the 2013 & 2014 editions of THIS, particular Edition...
cool!
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