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National Geographic Answer Book: Fast Facts About Our World Hardcover – September 21, 2010
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National Geographic magazine has always delighted its readers with wonderful photos and fascinating information about all parts of the world. No surprise that this title combines that with today�s expectation of quick, specific facts. As the cover material claims, �Designed for enjoyable browsing, the Answer Book is a treat for the inquiring mind.� Two-page spreads are organized into nine thematic chapters (�Maps and Globes,� �The Universe,� �Planet Earth,� �Life on Earth,� �Climates and Habitats,� �The Human World,� �World History,� �Science and Technology,� and �Countries of the World�). The main contributors are National Geographic and Washington Post writers and editors. Illustrations are credited to a variety of sources, including National Geographic, Getty Images, and Encyclopedia Britannica. The illustrations aren�t just decorative�for example, on the Fish spread are a color close-up photo of a New Guinea fairy basslet, a diagram of a fish respiratory system, and a photo of leaping sockeye salmon. Other features include �Fast Fact� boxes on nearly every page (for example, by 2050, India will be the world�s most populous country); �Click It� boxes with links to a variety of excellent web sites; page tabs to distinguish chapters; cross-references, with page numbers, to other articles; and a glossary defining 190 terms. Treatment tends to be broad; the two-page Monotheism entry encompasses Judaism, Christianity, and Islam. Countries are treated almanac-style, each given only a flag, a statistical summary, and a single paragraph. Recommended as a ready-reference tool for most school and library collections�wonderful to suggest for home libraries, too. --Susan Gooden
“Visually appealing and tremendous in scope…600 stunning photographs and illustrations further enhance its didactic power.” –Library Journal
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The book is divided into nine chapters and attempts to provide a go-to source for basic questions about geography, geology, astronomy, anthropology, world history, and basic science. The chapters are Maps & Globes, The Universe, Planet Earth, Life on Earth, Climates & Habitats, The Human World, World History, Science & Technology, and Countries of the World. My favorite section of the book is Chapter Nine: Countries of the World. This section provides a profile of all 194 countries of the world. The countries are divided into the six continents they can be found upon. For each country there is a small picture of the nations national flag, the complete name of the country, basic information about the country (land area, population, capital, etc.), and a short paragraph about the country. I also liked how colorful the book is. NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC is known for there breathtaking photos and they don't disappoint in this book. There are over 500 colored photographs and illustrations as well as more than 100 modern and archival maps.
I enjoy THE NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC ANSWER BOOK and believe it will be a reference book I refer to often. However, it's not flawless. For instance, on page 310 there is a photograph of Charles Lindbergh with the caption "Charles Lindbergh lands at Croydon Airport, London, completing his historic transatlantic one-man flight on April 20, 1927." Lindbergh completed his solo transatlantic flight on May 20, 1927 in Paris. The picture could be of him flying into Croydon because he visited there shortly after his stop in Paris, but his visit to Croydon wasn't on April 20, 1927. I understand how such an error could happen, but for a book such as this, there shouldn't be errors like that and is the reason why I can't give this book as high a recommendation as I would like. That's why you shouldn't use Wikipedia and Google to do your research for a book like this.
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