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The most successful and useful new almanac of the decade is back, with reams of new material to help readers make the most out of their lives in the coming year. This year's Practical Guide includes advice from more than 500 experts, including O.J. Simpson's jury consultant on the ins and outs of jury duty; Cal Ripken, Jr., on how to go from Little League to the majors; master chef Jacques Pepin on his favorite low-fat gourmet desserts; and C. Everett Koop on how to choose a ...

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Overview

The most successful and useful new almanac of the decade is back, with reams of new material to help readers make the most out of their lives in the coming year. This year's Practical Guide includes advice from more than 500 experts, including O.J. Simpson's jury consultant on the ins and outs of jury duty; Cal Ripken, Jr., on how to go from Little League to the majors; master chef Jacques Pepin on his favorite low-fat gourmet desserts; and C. Everett Koop on how to choose a doctor. Graphs, tables, charts & illustrations.

This extensive, one-volume personal library offers a better way of getting the facts one needs to live safety, easily, inexpensively, and enjoyably in complicated times. In a lively style, The Practical Guide to Practically Everything covers such consumer issues as health care, money matters, buying a car, safety on airlines and in airports, strategies for getting better pay, and more. Graphs, tables, charts & illustrations.

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Densely packed with more than 400 tables, 100 black-and-white illustrations and maps, and much basic printed text, this book covers the American revolutionary period in 19 topical chapters. Most topicsgeography, demographics, the economy, health, education, religion, science, the arts, popular culture, crimereceive adequate attention, with heavy emphasis on "insight into everyday life." On the other hand, Purvis (American National Biography Project) inexplicably slights the Revolutionary War, which, after all, is the central historical event of the period; only individual battles are briefly mentioned in a chronology. The first of four volumes in a series intended to explore the American experience from 1492 to 1945, this work is recommended for larger libraries as a complement to such standard sources as the Encyclopedia of Colonial and Revolutionary America (LJ 11/1/89) and the Encyclopedia of American Social History (LJ 6/1/93).Ken Kister, author of "Kister's Best Encyclopedias," Tampa, Fla.
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From the best financial investments to the best online sources, this one-volume, almanac-style, portable personal reference helps you sort out all the facts! Features the fields of health, money, education, careers, sex, home and gardening, travel, sports, entertainment, computers, and vital statistics. B&W & 2-color illus.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780517288832
  • Publisher: Random House Value Publishing, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 9/1/1997
  • Pages: 788

Table of Contents

Contributors
Introduction
Ch. 1 Money 1
Ch. 2 Health 151
Ch. 3 Sexuality 303
Ch. 4 Education 331
Ch. 5 Careers 389
Ch. 6 House & Garden 425
Ch. 7 Travel 485
Ch. 8 Sports 585
Ch. 9 Entertainment 643
Ch. 10 Autos 693
Ch. 11 Computers 721
Ch. 12 The U.S.A. 783
Ch. 13 The World 861
Ch. 14 Facts for Life 901
Index 965
Acknowledgments 1003
Reader's Questionnaire 1005
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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 9, 2000

    An Education on Every Page

    It's not really a reference book, although it could be used as a reference. It's not a history book, but it contains historical data. It's not a textbook, but the information is educational. What this book is, in one word, is 'intriguing.'

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