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Bursting with thought-provoking and often hilarious facts — from the world's richest people to the world's deadliest spiders — The Top 10 of Everything 2004 is the latest annual edition or DK's perennially popular compendium of knowledge. Fully updated, the book contains more than 1,000 Top 10 lists and is sure to educate and entertain.

Author Biography: Russell Ash is the uncontested king of lists. He began his career in publishing in 1967, and then established his own ...

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Overview

Bursting with thought-provoking and often hilarious facts — from the world's richest people to the world's deadliest spiders — The Top 10 of Everything 2004 is the latest annual edition or DK's perennially popular compendium of knowledge. Fully updated, the book contains more than 1,000 Top 10 lists and is sure to educate and entertain.

Author Biography: Russell Ash is the uncontested king of lists. He began his career in publishing in 1967, and then established his own publishing company in 1973. His books include Incredible Comparisons, The World in One Day, and Factastic Millennium Facts.

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Full of fascinating facts and intriguing trivia that explore every facet of human achievement and natural wonders, The Top 10 of Everything 2001 is a compendium of knowledge and entertainment. Featuring more than 400 colorful illustrations, it has more than 1,000 lists on subjects ranging from Oscar winners to the world's richest people, from speed records to rail and transport disasters. This annual review is No. 1 for anyone looking to rank the best of the best.
Asbury Park Press
Outrageous, entertaining fun.
VOYA
There are at least six top reasons for purchasing this entertaining and browseable book. First, your library reference books budget includes a little extra this year for something not entirely necessary but definitely fun. Second, DK's shiny cover and glossy format rival the millennium edition of the Guinness Book of World Records for packaging coolness with its gorgeously reproduced photographs and impeccable design. Third, reading aloud from any page in Ash's book of lists would be an effective advertising tool for it during a junior high booktalk. Fourth, the content of the lists themselves is widely varied, including inventories of the "Youngest Female Singers to Have a Number One Single in the U.S." and "Top 10 Kevin Spacey Movies." Fifth, "Pop-Up Video"-esque squares along the lower margin of select pages offer still more trivial information about the subjects listed on the page. And sixth, Readers can check the box on page 223, "World Tourism," to discover the home of the first roller coaster. The aforementioned impeccable design will draw browsers irresistibly and possibly even encourage reluctant researchers. One can consider Ash's Top 10 to be a cram sheet and guarantor of success in the Teen Trivial Pursuit challenge of your library. To ensure a librarian win, do not display book until after the trivia game. VOYA CODES: 4Q 4P M J (Better than most, marred only by occasional lapses; Broad general YA appeal; Middle School, defined as grades 6 to 8; Junior High, defined as grades 7 to 9). 2001 (orig. 2000), DK, Illus. Photos. 288p. Ages 12 to 15. Reviewer: Amy S. Pattee VOYA, February 2001 (Vol. 23, No.6)
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Rivaling the popularity of The Guinness Book of World Records, this updated compilation of over 700 lists makes for irresistible browsing, and it's useful for quick reference too, as sources for data are provided. Chapters cover the universe and the Earth; life on Earth; the human world; town and country; culture and learning; music and musicians; stage and screen; the commercial world; transport and tourism; and sport and leisure. A section at the end of "Further Information" offers ten Web sites on each of the these topics. The book's large format, clear layout, and abundance of color photos make it attractive and easy to use, and who can resist lists like "Top Ten Rock Songs of All Time" or "Top Ten Snakes With the Deadliest Bites"? Sidebars provide information on famous firsts, such as the first million-dollar film star and the first 200-mph car. For all libraries. (See also review of The Top Ten of Film in this issue.) KLIATT Codes: JSA*-Exceptional book, recommended for junior and senior high school students, advanced students, and adults. 2003, DK, 256p. illus. index., Ages 12 to adult.
— Paula Rohrlick
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The updated new edition of this popular annual title is as colorful and informative as the earlier volumes. Ash (Incredible Comparisons; Factastic Millennium Facts) has gathered a wide assortment of "top 10" lists (1000 in all) and arranged them in an eye-catching, easy-to-use format according to ten major categories (e.g., "Life on Earth," "Commercial World," "Stage & Screen," and "Town & Country"). Gathered from a variety of government, commercial, and research organizations, the statistics are educational-e.g., Mali holds the record for the highest proportion of child workers, totaling 51.14 percent of the work force-but can also be entertaining-e.g., the gorilla is the heaviest living primate, averaging 485 pounds. Other useful features include a browsable index and a list of the top ten web sites for each category. Overall, this illustrative reference tool combines the appealing graphics and fun facts of the Guinness Book of World Records with the in-depth lists of The World Almanac and The Statesman's Year-Book. Sure to satisfy students, general readers, and ardent trivia buffs with its wide range of hard-to-find facts, this work is recommended for all school, public, and academic libraries.-Michele McGraw, Hennepin Cty. Lib., Edina, MN Copyright 2003 Reed Business Information.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780789496591
  • Publisher: DK Publishing, Inc.
  • Publication date: 10/28/2003
  • Pages: 256
  • Product dimensions: 8.52 (w) x 10.80 (h) x 0.69 (d)

Table of Contents

Introduction 6
The Universe & The Earth
Star Gazing 12
Asteroids, Meteorites & Comets 14
Space Firsts 16
Space Explorers 18
Waterworld 20
Islands of the World 22
The Face of the Earth 24
World Weather 26
Out of This World 28
Natural Disasters 30
Life on Earth
Extinct & Endangered 34
Land Animals 36
Marine Animals 40
Flying Animals 42
Cats, Dogs & Pets 44
Creepy Crawlies 46
Trees & Forests 50
The Human World
The Human Body & Health 54
Diet & Fitness 56
Births, Marriages & Deaths 58
What's in a Name? 60
World Royalty 62
The Political World 64
Human Achievements 66
The Nobel Century 68
Criminal Records 70
Murder File 72
Military Matters 74
Air Wars 76
World Religions 78
Town & Country
Countries of the World 82
World Cities 84
The States of the US 86
Place Names 88
The Tallest Buildings 90
Bridges & Other Structures 92
Culture & Learning
Word Power 96
Children in School 98
Higher Education 100
Book Firsts & Records 102
Bestsellers & Literary Awards 104
The Press 106
Toys & Games 108
Art on Show 110
Art on Sale 112
20th-Century Artists 114
Objects of Desire 116
Music
Chart Hits 122
Record Firsts 124
Chart Toppers 126
Hit Singles of the Decades 128
Hit Albums of the Decades 130
Female Singers 132
Female Groups 134
Star Singles & Albums 136
Pop Stars of the 90s 138
Music Genres 140
Gold & Platinum Albums 144
Oscar-Winning Movie Music 146
Soundtrack Smashes 148
Music Awards 150
Classical & Opera 152
Stage & Screen
All the World's a Stage 156
Box-Office Winners 158
Movie Hits 160
Movies of the Decades 162
Movie Genres 164
Oscar-Winning Movies 166
Oscar-Winning Stars 168
And the Winner Is 172
Leading Men 174
Leading Ladies 176
Character Actors 178
Character Actresses 180
The Directors 182
Movie Outtakes 184
Animated Action 186
On the Radio 188
Top TV 190
Music on TV 192
Top Videos 194
The Commercial World
Workers & Inventors 198
The Financial World 200
Wealth & Riches 202
Advertising & Brands 204
Imports & Exports 206
Communication Matters 208
Energy & Environment 210
Accidents at Home & Work 212
Industrial & Other Disasters 214
Food for Thought 216
Sweet Treats 218
Alcoholic & Soft Drinks 220
World Tourism 222
On the Move
Speed Records 226
Cars & Road Transportation 228
Road Accidents & Disasters 230
Rail Transportation 232
Water Transportation 234
Air Records 236
Air Transportation 238
Sports
Olympic Records 242
Sporting Heroes 244
Football Feats 246
Athletic Achievements 248
Basketball Bests 250
Combat Sports 252
Baseball Teams 254
Baseball Stars 256
International Soccer 258
On Two Wheels 260
Auto Racing 262
Golfing Greats 264
Horse Racing 266
Hockey Headlines 268
Tennis Triumphs 270
Team Games 272
Water Sports 274
Winter Sports 276
Sports Trivia 278
Index 280
Acknowledgments 288
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