World Almanac and Book of Facts 2009

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New for 2009—The World Almanac and Book of Facts includes the most comprehensive  2008 U.S. election results, tallied through November 7th, and World Series statistics. Every family needs this New York Times best-selling reference book.

The World Almanac is the #1 best-selling American reference book of all time. It is the source for essential and authoritative facts for entertainment, reference and learning. The book contains thousands of facts and statistics that ...

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Overview

New for 2009—The World Almanac and Book of Facts includes the most comprehensive  2008 U.S. election results, tallied through November 7th, and World Series statistics. Every family needs this New York Times best-selling reference book.

The World Almanac is the #1 best-selling American reference book of all time. It is the source for essential and authoritative facts for entertainment, reference and learning. The book contains thousands of facts and statistics that aren’t publicly available which are sourced and double-checked by the staff of World Almanac experts.

The 2008 Edition spent 12 weeks on the NYT Bestseller list reaching #2; 10 weeks on the USA Today Bestseller List reaching #51; and 9 weeks on the Book Sense List reaching a high of #11.

 

Features in The World Almanac and Book of Facts 2009

·         The World at a Glance: The most fascinating facts of the past year in science, economics,     sports, arts and media, and more

·         Election 2008 Coverage and Results: Twenty-four pages dedicated to the complete coverage of key issues, pivotal primaries, memorable moments, and election results from the presidential campaign.

·         Beijing Olympics Recap: faces, Places and records from the Summer 2008 games.

·         World Series: For the first time in 5 years, the World Almanac will contain facts covering the World Series.  

·         Year in Pictures: 16 page color photo section of the top stories of 2008, as well as 16 pages of world maps and flags and easy-to-use side abs.

·         Plus thousands of facts and statistics that aren’t publicly available; sourced and double-checked by our full-time editorial staff who are reference experts by category

·         Downloadable World Almanac Trivia Quiz Night Kit: All that you need to host a quiz night in your local pub, bookstore, or classroom.  Our editors provide over 150 questions and answers - all derived from The World Almanac 2009.  Have fun, fundraise, or draw a crowd with this turn-key party kit!

 

World Almanac Online: www.WorldAlmanac.com

2009 will feature the third year of Bonus Content Online, extended reading to the printed edition for the same combined price of $12.99. This year will feature the Election Results from 2008, plus lots more free information available year-round at worldalmanac.com: historical presidential information, health news and features, and early access to WA09 info.

 

Once online, look for The World Almanac Blog, launched in 2006 and every weekday featuring

·         New original entries, including provocative postings such as Unbreakable Sports Records; fascinating scientific and historical trivia; and new links to online tools and archives for almanac fans ·         This Day in History, Notable Birthdays and unusual anniversaries such as when Nixon met Elvis Presley in the Oval Office (1970)

·         More useful links and tags to essential reads


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With hotly contested primary campaigns and a presidential election, the Beijing Olympics, a worldwide economic crisis, war in the Middle East, and political upheavals around the world, 2008 will go down as a major news year. The 2009 installment of the World Almanac & Book of Facts contains prime-time information on all these events, plus 16 pages of world maps and flags and thousands of facts and statistics on sports, science, economics, arts, media, memorable moments, birthdays, people, places, and things.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781615569762
  • Publisher: World Almanac Books
  • Publication date: 11/25/2008
  • Pages: 1008
  • Product dimensions: 5.40 (w) x 7.90 (h) x 1.60 (d)

Meet the Author

C. Alan Joyce is the Editorial Director for World Almanac Books, serving as chief editor for the #1 bestselling The World Almanac and Book of Facts and The World Almanac for Kids. He created the new World Almanac blog in 2006, and continues to oversee its daily publishing schedule. Alan was previously a freelance writer and editor, with years of experience in reference publishing—and a lifelong addiction to reference books of all kinds. He is the former Executive Editor of The New York Times Almanac and The New York Times Guide to Essential Knowledge

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  • Posted December 15, 2009

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    A FEW PROBLEMS AMONG THE EXTRAVAGANT PRAISE

    The "World Almanac" is my favorite book to browse and learn things I didn't know. However, the 2009 edition is a disappointment. The information on U.S. cities is only the the population areas, so you cannot find the population of a city. There used to be listings of U.S. counties, but not this year. There used to be information on individual colleges and universities -- not this year.

    And I was appalled at the inaccuracy in the information on the 100 largest U.S. ciites. Salt Lake City is left out! Thst is a MAJOR city forgotten or ??? And so is Amarillo, Texas, which just has to be one of the top 100. What is going on? If these are just editing blunders, it calls the entire publication into question as a source of accurate information. If there is some reason, it needs to be VERY CAREFULLY explained at the top of the list, possibly in large red type, because the almanac is giving phony information. Even if there is an explanation like "Cities did not get data in on time," the almanac is STILL GIVING FALSE INFORMATION and does not deserve all the kudos.

    One of my favorite parts is the list of entertainment figures, living and dead. I wish that the editors did not make so many decisions to drop persons from the list, because some of us are still interested in those dropped. For the dead ones, I wish that exact birth and death dates were provided. For the recently deceased, I wish brief obituaries were given.

    And finally, this almanac purports to be for the WORLD, but it must mean for people whose world is the United States. The rest of the world is given short shrift. Americans are SO ethnocentric, and such publications only encourage their short-sightedness, to their detriment.

    I will buy the 2010 edition, but I do not think this publication is as fine as it could be. It could do better.

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