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The World Almanac and Book of Facts 2002 Paperback – November 18, 2001

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

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

"Useful to any human being on the planet. The World Almanac still reigns as the world's most powerful reference." -Seattle Times

"An institution...The range of records and data the book collects is staggering." -Dallas Morning News

"Provides brief, accurate information on an endless array of subjects." -The New York Times

"Presents otherwise hard-to-find information in one easy-to-find volume...It's one source you'll want at an arm's length no matter where you are in the world." -Honolulu Star-Bulletin

"As an all-purpose reference book, The World Almanac has always been an unfailing source." -Atlanta Constitution

"The most versatile single volume, and probably the biggest bargain on the shelf." -Esquire

"No home should be without one of these handy reference books." -Boston Herald

"A must for any home or office that depends on up-to-date data on almost every subject in any field." -King Features Syndicate

"The World Almanac is the King of the Jungle." -Andy Rooney

"I have kept The World Almanac within easy reach ever since my father bought me my first copy more than half a century ago." -Arthur Schlesinger, Jr.

"A literary institution." -Senator Bill Bradley

"I refer to
cf0 The World Almanac constantly and would be lost without it." - James Michener

"An indispensable volume for any newsperson's desk." - Walter Cronkite

"The World Almanac is the repository of all the facts you learned in school but forgot, and all the facts you never knew and won't ever need to know in your whole lifetime - except once. It is a treasure." -Lee Iacocca

"The World Almanac is a superb source book of facts with broad based information at your fingertips. I use it often." -Gerald Ford

"As a private citizen, as Governor, and as President, I have depended on The World Almanac for precise and accurate information - and for entertainment. Also, you have helped me win a lot of arguments (and lose a few)." -Jimmy Carter

"The World Almanac is the all-purpose reference guide for everyone." -Sidney Sheldon

From the Publisher

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

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

"Useful to any human being on the planet. The World Almanac still reigns as the world's most powerful reference." -Seattle Times

"An institution...The range of records and data the book collects is staggering." -Dallas Morning News

"Provides brief, accurate information on an endless array of subjects." -The New York Times

"Presents otherwise hard-to-find information in one easy-to-find volume...It's one source you'll want at an arm's length no matter where you are in the world." -Honolulu Star-Bulletin

"As an all-purpose reference book, The World Almanac has always been an unfailing source." -Atlanta Constitution

"The most versatile single volume, and probably the biggest bargain on the shelf." -Esquire

"No home should be without one of these handy reference books." -Boston Herald

"A must for any home or office that depends on up-to-date data on almost every subject in any field." -King Features Syndicate

"The World Almanac is the King of the Jungle." -Andy Rooney

"I have kept The World Almanac within easy reach ever since my father bought me my first copy more than half a century ago." -Arthur Schlesinger, Jr.

"A literary institution." -Senator Bill Bradley

"I refer to The World Almanac constantly and would be lost without it." - James Michener

"An indispensable volume for any newsperson's desk." - Walter Cronkite

"The World Almanac is the repository of all the facts you learned in school but forgot, and all the facts you never knew and won't ever need to know in your whole lifetime - except once. It is a treasure." -Lee Iacocca

"The World Almanac is a superb source book of facts with broad based information at your fingertips. I use it often." -Gerald Ford

"As a private citizen, as Governor, and as President, I have depended on The World Almanac for precise and accurate information - and for entertainment. Also, you have helped me win a lot of arguments (and lose a few)." -Jimmy Carter

"The World Almanac is the all-purpose reference guide for everyone." -Sidney Sheldon

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Product Details

  • Series: World Almanac & Book of Facts
  • Paperback: 1008 pages
  • Publisher: World Almanac; Revised edition (November 18, 2001)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0886878721
  • ISBN-13: 978-0886878726
  • Product Dimensions: 8 x 5.5 x 1.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.4 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (26 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,377,183 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By Brian Melendez on November 14, 2002
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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, however: 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; lists every community with a population over 5000, with its ZIP code and area code; lists every county (or parish or division) and county seat; contains a directory of the entire Federal government, including Congress and all congressional committees, every executive department, and every court and judge; 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. No other single volume offers such a wealth of information on such a variety of subjects.
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The World Almanac is still the world�s best-selling almanac by far. I think it is best known and liked for being an inexpensive, compact, reliable fact-filled reference source, where you are most likely to find what you want fast, if you do not get too engrossed in too many other things along the way. There are the usual chapters, with everything from economics to arts and media to states of the U.S., nations of the world, and lots of sports. The new 2003 edition, like every edition, is extensively updated, and also has new features to make it stand out from the one before. The World Almanac 2003 has several feature articles related to terrorism, in the wake of 9-11. One of the new features in the rest of the book is a bunch of World Almanac Quick Quizzes spread around the chapters�you can try thinking up the answer to the question, find it in the chapter, or look it up in the answer key. There are also factoids spread around the book, and the usual familiar features such as Top Ten News Stories and Offbeat News. The new edition has more science coverage than ever before, and the Noted Personalities and Calendar chapters were both expanded. Like last year, readers can also subscribe to a free E-newsletter that provides monthly updates after the book is published. All in all, it is still a big bargain and makes a great gift. It�s a tradition in my family that I give everyone a copy as a Christmas present every year.
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This is without a doubt the best reference book on the market. I've had other almanacs, but none provide a more wide-ranging topic field in tight-knit organization. From governments to sports to entertainment to financial to sociological, The World Alamanac covers every miniature detail. Need to find the GDP of Argentina or the what day your birthday falls on in, say, 2023. It's all in there.
It makes for a great companion to any writer, student or a pair trying to settle a bet.
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The World Almanac has been around since 1868. It has changed a lot, not necessarily for the better. For example, there used to be a much more comprehensive, day-by-day look at the news of the previous year . Still, this is better than the other five almanacs I just went through at a bookstore and is the only one I plan to buy this year. In particular it has clear and concise info on the states of the U.S.and the countries of the world. It is also still the only almanac to present comprehensive election results of the last two presidential elections. There are more pages yet less to read than 30 years ago, but I can't find a better almanac in English.
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No other almanac comes close. This one is hands-down the best. This book, in its various annual editions, has always proven to be among the most reliable of reference texts for both of my professions. With this edition, I particularly enjoyed the deailed census data as well as THE WORLD ALMANAC's thorough coverage of Major League Baseball. This year's news photos were excellent. So was the coverage of the events of September 11 and its aftermath, a story that was still evolving as the almanac was being prepared for publication. All in all, THE WORLD ALMANAC 2002 is a extraordinary work.
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I've used the World Almanac for the last 30 years and it has been one of the best books around. I cannot say that about the 2003 edition, which became available in bookstores on Halloween. This is because the 2003 World Almanac does not include two features that have made it an institution: coverage of the most recent World Series and of the November 2002 Congressional and Gubernatorial elections. Having these results in book form shortly after they happen has been one of the World Almanac's greatest strengths until now. Those who want and need this information in book form will have to buy another book. If the publishers could have waited just a couple of weeks and published the book with these results as they have in the past, I would have given the book five stars. Publishing the 2003 World Almanac without the results of the World Series and midterm elections leaves a very big hole in the book. It is sad to see a grand 135 year tradition that I'm sure has been very profitable over the years damaged this way.
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