This is a muser's dictionary. You know, the kind of guy or gal who has no intention of finding anything specfically, but will hunker down and read what others consider reference.
Reference, schmeference! Dictionaries are not mean for bookshleves, but to be devoured and enjoyed! And with the "Readers Digest Illustrated Reverse Dictionary" you get a great book to do that with.
On one hand, it acts like the standard dictionaries. Look up a word, get a definition. It goes beyond this, though. Rather than getting bogged down by linguistics and pronuciation indexes, you'll be greeted by a bevy of charts and lists organizing words. It isn't quite a thesaurus, but it isn't a dictionary either. It is somewhere in-between, and something new in the midst of it all.
For those among us smitten by words and all the curiosity that goes with them, this is a book to feast on.
Be assured that the "Illustrated Reverse Dictionary" won't be the only dictionary you'll need. Far from it, but it is a lot of fun.
There are other great dictionaries to be reckoned with, from "The New Oxford American Dictionary," which defines words with clarity, to the big kahuna of them all, to the highly unusual "The Highly Selective Dictionary for the Extraordinarily Literate."
Then there is the collection of esoteric but high-scoring words, the "Scrabble Dictionary," to the mighty "Oxford English Dictionary" (see my reviews on these elsewhere on Amazon). There is a wily world of wondrous words wisping whist you read... go get them!
I fully recommend "Readers Digest Illustrated Reverse Dictionary."