- Hardcover: 282 pages
- Publisher: World Book Encyclopedia (August 1999)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0716666987
- ISBN-13: 978-0716666981
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #14,526,101 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
World Book "makes revisions in every field of knowledge or activity whenever developments make it appropriate to do so." It generally scores high in providing current information, and there are few examples of topics that are left to languish while others are brought up-to-date. Changes related to the war in Iraq are evident in many entries, including Terrorism and the entries on George W. Bush and Saddam Hussein. Iraq includes references to the July 2003 deaths of Saddam Hussein's sons. A new entry, Persian Gulf War of 2003, gives the number of deaths of coalition soldiers (300) as of September 2003. New entries on SARS and the West Nile virus reflect current health concerns. The space shuttle Columbia has an index entry, and the accident that destroyed it is covered in two paragraphs added to the article on Space exploration. There is an entry on John Kerry although it has not been updated since his election to the Senate in 1985. Since World Book begins printing in October of the year prior to the year of the copyright, it sometimes misses late-in-the-year developments, such as the December capture of Saddam Hussein. In a few cases editors were able to anticipate changes and include some postdeadline events, such as the results of the California governor recall election. The index is detailed and easy to use, and includes page numbers for illustrations and maps. The research guide is useful for students who need help organizing a project.
Offering high-quality, current, accurate information in an attractive package, World Book continues to be a first choice for libraries, schools, and homes. Barbara Bibel
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