VOYAAs in the World Almanac (World Almanac Books, annual) and the Statistical Abstract of the U.S. (U.S. Census Bureau, annual), this revised and expanded edition covers basic statistics with a U.S. emphasis. But it differs from those works in presenting eye-catching graphics rather than comprehensive data tables. A dozen chapters, each with several subsections, cover topics such as health and nutrition, politics and government, drugs and crime, and sports and records. Each of the eighty-six chapter subsections begins with a one-page overview and a sidebar, "Fingertip Facts." Helpful features include a subject index and chapter subdivisions in the table of contents. Some 2,000 charts, tables, maps, and graphs, many in color, are the main content of the almanac. A source is indicated under each graphic, however only the name of the agency is given (U.S. Census Bureau, National Safety Council, etc.) and not the specific publication, pagination, Web site, or date. There is no bibliography. Most sources are U.S. government agencies, but some data is obtained from media sources and advocacy organizations. Each chart presents a compelling but often oversimplified graphic illustration of one or two statistical facts concerning what are in some cases larger and more complex topics. As in the Guinness Book of World Records (Guinness World Records, annual), highs and lows are identified (for example, the five deadliest storms, the top ten states in unemployment) rather than complete datasets. As with Guinness, the New View Almanac is best used for recreational browsing, quick lookup, or a place to start before proceeding to other sources for research in depth. This volume will be popular with visuallyoriented teens and might be a good hook for reluctant readers and reluctant researchers. It is well worth examining for its outstanding chart making and graphic design features. Most of the charts photocopy well and can readily be used to illustrate homework assignments. It is a recommended purchase for school, public library, and home collections as a supplement to more inclusive but less visually exciting statistical reference works. 2003, Blackbirch Press, 608p.; Index. Illus. Maps. Charts., PLB. Ages 11 to Adult.