- Age Range: 12 and up
- Grade Level: 7 and up
- Series: Guinness World Records
- Hardcover: 288 pages
- Publisher: Guinness; 2008 edition (August 7, 2007)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1904994199
- ISBN-13: 978-1904994190
- Product Dimensions: 8.9 x 1 x 12 inches
- Shipping Weight: 3 pounds
- Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars See all reviews (68 customer reviews)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #402,365 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Top Customer Reviews
Sure, it's a nice coffee-table book if you like those kinds of books. Many of us like books for the content, not the presentation. Substance more than style.
I wish Guiness would offer two versions: this version for the page flippers, and a more complete, thorough book for true fans of reading about world records.
Those wanting to start an argument can also find out which nation has the highest proportion of prisoners (the U.S. - about 7.4X the rate of most Western nations), while those setting career goals can determine eg. how long the longest-working accountant has been on the job - 78 years. And then there's no end of sports and strength records.
So, get your copy, display it proudly on the coffee-table (it's shiny), and read it whenever you get tired of watching TV.
By the looks of the Guinness World Records, you'd probably think right out that this was a book for the younger gamers. The page layout and design is similar to those World Almanac for Kids books that became popular among the youth. While this may bother a few other gamers, it does show that the book is very inviting.
It begins with a lengthy introduction chapter. This will show some of the highlights of 2007, including talking about some of the heavy hitting games like Halo 3, Super Mario Galaxy and Pokemon Diamond and Pearl. Again, though, if you're big on the gaming scene and you keep up with the news, this is nothing new to you. Even a lot of what they mention is stuff that has been hammered into most gamers head time and time again.
After the introduction, there is a history of gaming. This showcases everything from the Magnavox Odyssey all the way up to the current generation involving the XBOX360, Playstation 3 and Wii. Afterwards, it goes into talking about some of the more mainstream consoles on an individual basis starting with the Nintendo 64 and Gamcube and ending with PC gaming. This section may have better had the consoles been talked about in the chronological order they were released. It is, after all, a history section.Read more ›
I wouldn't want this book if it was given to me free,let alone consider buying it!
The facts for the world records continue to be amazing and outrageous, just what any super energetic little boy wants to read and dream about in his youth. Perhaps on day I will see my son's name on one of those pages. The book is captivating, holds his rapt attention for long periods, which is difficult for almost anything to do, considering he is so impulsive, and rarely sits still for any length of time.
My son and I recommend this book for any one who has a fascination for the facts of world records that people have personally managed to accomplish over the years past and present. The ideas people have come up with to decide to do to make a world record is also fascinating and amazing, and kind of like the wild frivolous law suits of the current era most of the world records are ones I would NEVER, COULD never imagine on my own, lol!
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I own a copy of this book. It was given to me by an acquaintance. My copy only has incomplet repeats of space sports games human beings engineering and forensic chapters. Read morePublished on March 7, 2014 by Nath'l. D. Aiken
It said Guinness World Records 2008 Used, Very Good condition. Well it is not the binder of the book is not attached to the books cover...I have pictures if you want to see it...Published on November 4, 2013 by SAC
I bought this as a gift for my geeky husband and he was reallyhappy. It's not too hardcore but has a lot of fun factsPublished on March 10, 2013 by Helle Abild Ulstrup
The book looks great and the contents inside are in good condition. Thank you very, very much for this product.Published on January 16, 2013 by Craig