Since the third most popular participation sport in the United States (bicycle riding) is the fourth most efficient form of exercise (burning 660 calories per hour), it enables you to eat enough candy to keep the Mars family as the wealthiest in America ($12.5 billion). The Top 10 Almanac is Workman Publishing's first venture with an annual title, and they chose an intriguing concept: a compendium of the biggest, best, or most popular in dozens of categories ranging from sports to demographics and entertainment to government. All lists are culled from authoritative sources in their respective fields and are cited. This is more of a cultural survey of the United States than a statistical miscellany, and chatty asides give insights into the foibles and futures of the topics examined. In an effort to attain both accuracy and timeliness, the publishers plan to go to press each February. An index provides access to particular companies, individuals, and fields. The beauty of this thin volume is that it pulls together statistics from a wide spectrum of sources that only the largest libraries would inclusively own, and as such it will be a boon to the small institution. It will be as useful ten years from now for a list of the top ten albums of 1990 as it is today for a list of the best-performing stocks. For all public libraries.-- James Moffet, Baldwin P.L., Birmingham, Mich.
YA-- This treasure trove of facts should have something to appeal to every YA. It answers such questions as: Who sold the most `` pop'' music recordings? Who is the highest paid movie star? Who has the worst roll-call attendance record in Congress? What are the best paying jobs, the ten safest cities, the highest circulation magazines? Intended to be updated yearly, this snappily written book is a ready source of information for research, general knowledge, instant history, and trivial pursuit.