Like a box full of chocolates with a surprise in every wrapper, this book is filled with delights.
The Reverse Dictionary is one of my favorite books, the place where I can always find the right word. Not only are words defined as they are in a standard dictionary, but this dictionary provides alternatives with their meanings as it relates to the selected word:
This is an example from the book:
deceive -- See also cheat
- deceive, pretending to be something or someone that is not -- masquerade, dissemble
- deceive or flatter with smooth charming talk-- blarney
- easily deceived, fooled, or duped -- credulous, gullible
The next entries in the Reverse Dictionary are for deception, then deceptive which give you additional routs to finding perfection.
In addition to the thesaurus quality of the book, there are charts, maps, and pictures. By using the quick table for German terms I discover that the meaning of Junker is "a former Prussian aristocrat." Also if you have wondered what the mathematical symbols or therapy (rolfing) terms mean the answer is in this book. One of the most interesting charts is a tree diagram of the Indo-European Languages.
Providing multiple variations of the same word and additional thesaurus options makes this book an excellent choice. When coupled with the many graphics and tables it is easy to see that this tool is for students, writers, teachers, lecturers, and everyone else.
This is such an interesting book that it is difficult to classify it as a reference tool.. It is, without doubt, worth five stars.