"An indispensable tool for fact fanatics" is how Bill Bryson described this all-purpose desk reference. Revised and thoroughly updated, The New York Times Guide to Essential Knowledge weighs in with more than 1,300 pages of vital information on nearly every subject under the sun: art, astronomy, biology, business, economics, the environment, film, geography, history, the Internet, literature, mathematics, music, mythology, philosophy, photography, sports, theater, and much more. The second addition features 150 pages of additional material, including new sections on anthropology, archaeology, botany, government, the American people, travel meteorology, and zoology.
This widely expanded update to the original 2004 edition defines nearly every facet of contemporary life-from arts, grammar, mythology, and culture to science, economics, and geopolitical issues. Though bearing an authority and informational wealth that might rival the voluminous Oxford Dictionary of English, this surprisingly manageable volume is organized alphabetically by subject and contains thousands of highly accessible essays, tables, and lists, all composed by New York Timesfield experts. It also includes an introduction by longtime "On Language" columnist and Pulitzer Prize winner William Safire. An essential background reference for almost every subject; highly recommended for all public libraries.-Savannah Schroll Guz, formerly with Smithsonian Inst. Libs., Washington, DC
Savannah Schroll Guz