The World Almanac and Book of Facts 2012

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The World Almanac® and Book of Facts is America's top-selling reference book of all time, with more than 80 million copies sold. Published annually since 1868, this compendium of information is the authoritative source for all your entertainment, reference, and learning needs. Praised as a treasure trove of political, economic, scientific and educational statistics and information by The Wall Street Journal, The World Almanac® contains thousands of facts that are unavailable publicly elsewhere in fact, it has ...
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Overview


The World Almanac® and Book of Facts is America's top-selling reference book of all time, with more than 80 million copies sold. Published annually since 1868, this compendium of information is the authoritative source for all your entertainment, reference, and learning needs. Praised as a treasure trove of political, economic, scientific and educational statistics and information by The Wall Street Journal, The World Almanac® contains thousands of facts that are unavailable publicly elsewhere in fact, it has been featured as a category on Jeopardy! and is routinely used as a go-to, all-encompassing guide for aspiring game show contestants. The 2012 edition of
The World Almanac® and Book of Facts will answer all of your trivia questions from history and sports to geography, pop culture, and much more.

Key Features:


  • 2010 Census results

  • Time Capsule

  • Year in Sports

  • The World at a Glance

  • The Year in Review

  • Offbeat News Stories

  • 2011 Year in Pictures

  • U.S. Colleges and Universities

  • and much more.

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Editorial Reviews

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No one loves the internet more than we do, but there is something special about this annual all-purpose reference. Forty years of consulting have not dulled our sense of appreciation; in fact, we can affirm that thousand page 2012 edition is the best yet. This well-indexed fact pack makes it easy to come up with the information you need about hundreds of subjects. This year's edition of the top-selling reference book of all time includes a 2011 Time Capsule; a Year in Sports review; a thoroughly revised World at a Glance section; features on The Year in Review and The Year in Pictures; a section on U.S. colleges and universities; and a revealing detailed breakdown of 2010 census data. A browser delight at a bargain price.

Library Journal
It would be difficult to overstate the breadth of data included between these covers; take, for example, this sampling of indexed entries beginning with the letter p: peas, the House of Plantagenet, the Pueblo Incident of 1958, Preakness Stakes, prime numbers, prisoners' rights, and pregnancy. The book kicks off with a "Year in Review" and then organizes information in sections such as "Economy, Business & Energy," "Crime," "Military Affairs," "Health & Vital Statistics," "Personalities, Arts & Media," "U.S. Facts & History," "World Maps & Flags," "Nations of the World," and "Sports." Enhanced throughout by glossy color photographs, this lively book is one the trivia-minded will find hard to put down. VERDICT Bursting with fun facts, startling statistics, and enticing entries, this self-proclaimed "authority since 1868" is a must-have for every reference desk, classroom, and household. If you buy only one ready-reference book this year (or if you've been chosen to appear on Jeopardy!), purchase this juggernaut with no hesitation.—Christina Connolly, Clark Univ., Worcester, MA
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781600571480
  • Publisher: World Almanac Books
  • Publication date: 11/1/2011
  • Pages: 1007
  • Sales rank: 591,118
  • Age range: 11 - 17 Years
  • Product dimensions: 8.06 (w) x 8.52 (h) x 1.50 (d)

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