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The New York Public Library Desk Reference 4 Sub Edition

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ISBN-13: 978-0786868469
ISBN-10: 0786868465
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Established in 1895, The New York Public Library is internationally recognized as one of the greatest institutions of its kind. It is the only library that features both world-acclaimed research centers and the largest network of neighborhood branch libraries in the world. Today, The New York Public Library is used annually by more than 15 million people, with additional users via the Internet. Its guardian lions--Patience and Fortitude--epitomize its mission to inform, inspire, entertain, and challenge all who enter its doors.
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Product Details

  • Series: New York Public Library Desk Reference
  • Hardcover: 1024 pages
  • Publisher: Hyperion; 4 Sub edition (November 20, 2002)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0786868465
  • ISBN-13: 978-0786868469
  • Product Dimensions: 7.4 x 9.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 3 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (20 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #885,122 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By Debbie Lee Wesselmann TOP 100 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on November 3, 2003
Format: Hardcover
You can't get a better book than this to page through on a whim. From a list of major composers to the basic rules of mathematics to traveling tips, this fat reference volume has entries that surprise me every time I open it. You want to know the symptoms and treatment of food poisoning? It's in there. The addresses of major U.S. passport agencies? Got it. How about the names and reigns of every Roman Catholic pope? How to set financial goals for retirement? The length of a day on Pluto? You'll find those answers here as well. The sheer amount of trivia is staggering. If you want to know the answer to a question, no matter how ordinary or obscure, look here first.
Dictionary readers will switch their allegiances once they get a hold of this desk reference. All others will refer to it at surprising times. A must have for every reference shelf.
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The New York Public Library Desk Reference is a high-density information source brimming with an array of facts, tables, and instructions. The strength of this book is its preponderance of "evergreen" facts such as lists of U. S. presidents, major holidays from around the world, cooking tips, financial and legal information, astronomical events, grammar, etiquette, first aid, tables of weights and measures, and stain removal instructions. Other information, such as URLs for Internet sites, various telephone numbers, and addresses will be outdated
As some have noted, there are some shortcomings and typos, but while puzzling, such flaws should not deter folks who want fast access to data, facts, dates, and schedules from including this volume to their desktop reference set.
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It's like that saying "Jack of all trades, master of none". It has a little bit of everything, from history to morse code to measurement to some anatomy... It's great! I got my first one about 10 years ago (the one printed in 1988, mind you) and it's still usable for the most part (besides being a little outdated)
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I was given one when I went off to college. I loved it. My granddaughter, not so much. She thinks she can find everything on the internet. This desk reference has more info than you could even think you might want to know. I keep telling her to at least look over the table of contents. We'll see.
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This book is a plethora of information and is easy to read and understand. Have a question, go to the book and seek. The answer is usually in there. I love this and keep it on my coffee table for quick reference.
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If you like seaching for information FROM A BOOK (like me), THEN YOU ALREADY HAVE THIS BOOK. If not, BUY ONE NOW!!! I have the previous 3 editions (they are all well worn... the 4TH edition will soon be as well). It is beyond interesting as well as informative. Just open this book - any page and you will be hooked. Ever wonder what different symbols and signs mean? How to write a form letter,or need a directory for useful addresses, phone #'s? THIS IS THE ONE BOOK THAT CAN ANSWER ANY QUESTION (FOR ME, EVERY QUESTION) YOU WILL EVER NEED AND WANT TO KNOW.

IF YOU ARE OLD ENOUGH TO READ - THIS IS ONE BOOK YOU WILL GO TO AGAIN AND AGAIN.
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This book is a staple text to keep around the house. So much handy information, and interesting information. If you ever found yourself in the social challenge of finding something to talk about, randomly open this book and it will give you several interesting topics on two pages!
Great book for crossword puzzlers too.
Sure, you can google, but interacting with a book is so rich and dynamic.
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This is an excellent resource for a short description of a very wide variety of subjects that one sometimes is curious about. In addition it makes an interesting book to page through as there is information about subjects that almost anyone will find interesting and it will broaden a persons general knowledge.
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