The World Almanac and Book of Facts 2015

The World Almanac and Book of Facts 2015

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by Sarah Janssen
     
 

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The World Almanac® and Book of Facts is America's top-selling reference book of all time, with more than 82 million copies sold. Published annually since 1868, this compendium of information is the authoritative source for all your entertainment, reference, and learning needs.

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Get thousands of facts right at your fingertips with this updated resource.

The World Almanac® and Book of Facts is America's top-selling reference book of all time, with more than 82 million copies sold. Published annually since 1868, this compendium of information is the authoritative source for all your entertainment, reference, and learning needs. The 2015 edition of The World Almanac reviews the events of 2014 and will be your go-to source for any questions on any topic in the upcoming year. 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. The World Almanac® and Book of Facts will answer all of your trivia needs—from history and sports to geography, pop culture, and much more. Features include:
• The Year in Review: The World Almanac® takes a look back at 2014 while providing all the information you'll need in 2015.
• 2014—Top 10 News Topics: The editors of The World Almanac® list the top stories that held their attention in 2014.
• 2014—Election Results: Complete state-by-state results from 2014 midterm elections.
• 2014—Year in Sports: Hundreds of pages of trivia and statistics that are essential for any sports fan, featuring complete coverage of the Men's World Cup in Brazil, 2014 World Series, Winter Olympic Games in Sochi, and much more.
• 2014—Year in Pictures: Striking full-color images from around the world in 2014, covering news, entertainment, science, and sports.
• World Almanac Editors' Picks: Time Capsule: The World Almanac® lists the items that most came to symbolize the year 2014, from news and sports to pop culture.
• Offbeat News Stories: The World Almanac® editors found some of the strangest news stories of the year.
• The World at a Glance: This annual feature of The World Almanac® provides a quick look at the surprising stats and curious facts that define the changing world today.
• American Veterans: A Statistical Feature: After a year in which the performance of the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs came under scrutiny, this statistical feature reveals important information on the health, employment, education, and future prospects of American veterans.
• Health Care Statistics: Details about U.S. health care policy, including ongoing implementation of health care reform and the first statistics on federal and state health insurance marketplace enrollment, consumer costs, and much more.
• World Almanac® Editors' Picks: Most Controversial Sports Team Owners: From Walter O’Malley to George Steinbrenner to Donald Sterling, the owners of sports teams have the power to change the game. The editors of The World Almanac® choose the most controversial franchise owners of past and present pro sports.
• and much more.

Editorial Reviews

Library Journal
02/15/2015
The old adage "if it ain't broke, don't fix it" applies to the latest edition of this ready-reference classic. The tried-and-true features that have proven valuable to users over the years are here in abundance: statistics, charts, graphics, and tables—even full-color images of world maps and flags. Reports on Ebola and the status of American veterans are timely and informative. Moreover, an overview of 2014 U.S. Congressional elections accompanied by statistical data will be considered gold by political junkies. The detailed, 28-page general index and single-page quick-reference index will help readers navigate seamlessly the 1,000 pages of facts and trivia that are divided among 14 major categories. Although not nearly as comprehensive as Bernan's Statistical Abstract of the United States, the work remains a staple of reference collections because of its convenience, thoroughness, and ease of use. No doubt, most of the information in the almanac can be found using Google or Wikipedia. But it would take hours of online searching to locate the information found in this one-stop resource. In short, this work's portability and usability are hard to beat. VERDICT A source that will continue to have a place for patrons who want to find their data easily and quickly. At the same time, it's a title that users of all levels can browse happily for hours.—Rob Tench, Old Dominion Univ. Lib., Norfolk, VA

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781600571909
Publisher:
World Almanac Books
Publication date:
12/02/2014
Pages:
1008
Sales rank:
147,384
Product dimensions:
5.37(w) x 8.00(h) x 1.60(d)

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Meet the Author

Sarah Janssen is the senior editor of The World Almanac and Book of Facts, The World Almanac for Kids, and other diverse titles. She lives in Brooklyn, NY.

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World Almanac and Book of Facts 2015 4.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 6 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I always use this version of the yearly almanac; very concise.
steveburnett More than 1 year ago
I ALWAYS ENJOY THE NEW ALMANACS EACH YEAR. I LIKE TO JUST THUMB THROUGH AND READ A LOT OF INTERESTING FACTS ABOUT VARIED SUBJECTS. THIS IS A BOOK THAT IS A MUST FOR ME EACH YEAR,
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I like this book. It was just as I expected it to be.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Handy to have around or just peruse for fun.
JFSJ More than 1 year ago
This is so silly. An almanac is an almanac, probably un-necessary in this age of Google, but I like real books and have been using this for years and years.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
no review