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The largest one-volume encyclopedia available, The Columbia Encyclopedia is unmatched in its scope and reputation for accuracy and authority. Now the newest edition of this cultural landmark, first published back in 1935, is available from the Gale Group, fully updated and revised by a team of specialists under the guidance of Columbia University Press.

As we approach the end of the millenium, the pace of change and growth of information in our world have increased dramatically....

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Overview

The largest one-volume encyclopedia available, The Columbia Encyclopedia is unmatched in its scope and reputation for accuracy and authority. Now the newest edition of this cultural landmark, first published back in 1935, is available from the Gale Group, fully updated and revised by a team of specialists under the guidance of Columbia University Press.

As we approach the end of the millenium, the pace of change and growth of information in our world have increased dramatically. The Sixth Edition of the Encyclopedia, with coverage extending to January 2000, brings you up to date with the subjects that have dominated the headlines and news of the 1990s. New entries are particularly notable in such areas as technology, health, alternative medicine, and current affairs. For instance, consider these topics and names that have fixed themselves in our global vocabulary: World Wide Web, e-mail, Year 2000 problem, Echinacea, St.-John's wort, Tony Blair, Slobodan Milosevic, George Soros, the Unabomber and Pete Sampras. These are just a few of more than 1000 entries that are entirely new to the Encyclopedia. As well, existing entries have been fully updated and geographical entries reflect the most recent political changes and population statistics.

Leave a copy of this respected compendium of knowledge open on your general reference table next to the dictionary for easy access by browsing library patrons or students performing research.

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This sixth edition of a leading single-volume encyclopedia boasts 1300 new entries and the revision of 40 percent of the previous content. Last published in 1993, the encyclopedia now includes such new entries as "Internet," "Vladimir Putin," and "Michael Jordan." In another new entry, the term "e-commerce" is explained in full. Included are the history and figures of reported sales over the Internet in 1998 ($7.2 billion), with books being the "most popular on-line order." Of the updated information, the section on Bill Clinton is expanded from a mere 22 lines to nearly a column and a half. Ironically, the "Lewinsky Scandal"--described as the "sensation that enveloped the presidency of Bill Clinton in 1998-1999, leading to his impeachment by the U.S. House of Representatives and acquittal by the Senate"--is given roughly the same space. Hillary Rodham Clinton gets her own entry for the first time, which cites her intended run for U.S. Senate. Additionally helpful are the updated maps of the former Soviet Union and the Baltics. With 40,000 bibliographical references, 800,000 cross references, and 700 line drawings, this concise volume leaves out surprisingly little. Recommended for all libraries.--Mark Rotella, Jersey City, NJ Copyright 2000 Cahners Business Information.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780787650155
  • Publisher: Gale Group
  • Publication date: 6/1/1900
  • Edition description: 6TH
  • Edition number: 6
  • Pages: 3200
  • Product dimensions: 9.80 (w) x 14.90 (h) x 3.70 (d)

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    This is an excellent encyclopedia and it should be present in all students' library. But it is also relevent for everyone who wants to review a subject, be it in any area of knowledge, to study one's biography or just spend some time receiving information from an authoritative and comprehensive source.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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