The World Almanac and Book of Facts Paperback – Nov 23 2010
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In fact, this is worse than a simple waste -- it's literally infuriating!
I should have read the other reviews before purchasing this sorry 'piece of work'!! So much of it is just a nasty bait-and-switch con that there really should be laws against allowing this kind of customer rip-off, since normal ethical practices are obviously not even considered by the crooks who stick us with this pile of illegible screen shots for so many of its pages of tables and lists.
I'd try to get my money back if I knew of a way to do that for a Kindle purchase (on Jan 17, 2011).
Shame on the crooked publishers pawning this garbage off as an actual book to read ...
Update on Thurs., Jan 20, 2011
Thanks to the kindness of Lady Galaxy for reminding me of the Amazon policy of being able to receive a refund for a Kindle book within a week of purchase (I'd never felt the need before), I requested and promptly received just that! I was also very pleased with the marvelously generous and pleasant Amazon support for the Kindle, getting immediate approval for a refund for this sorry production of a Kindle book -- no hassle at all ... and I remain a devoted Kindle user and happy customer once again! In fact I'm such a Kindle fan that I'm always recommending it to others ... and this experience only adds to the good reasons for doing so !!
Just looking at the table of contents gives a sense of the scope of the 2011 volume. Special features and the year in review open the volume (e.g., Top Ten News Topics, Health Care Reform, Notable Quotes, and Historical anniversaries). The year in pictures is another feature, with a series of color photos commemorating events and people from 2010.
Then, the substantive material, with categories such as: Economy, business, and energy; Crime; Military affairs; Health and vital statistics; science and technology; consumer information; US facts and history; World maps and flags; US government; US Cities, states, and population; World history and culture; Sports. The volume concludes with a detailed index.
What of statistics? I'll simply report what pops up on a few pages that I select at random. On page 203, there is a listing of philosophers and religious figures from history (e.g., John Cotton, Karl Jaspers, Johann Fichte). Page 351 features information on small Solar System bodies, such as asteroids and comets; Page 453 summarizes important historical events in American History from 1936 (Jesse Owens winning four gold medals) to 1946 (a steel strike); Page 529 focuses on election results in the 2004 and 2008 presidential elections county-by-county in Georgia. Page 591 contains basic descriptive information on two American states--North Carolina and North Dakota. Page 749 has a more global coverage--with basic data about Armenia and Australia.
There are also rich data from the world of sports. Page 875, for instance, presents a discussion of Special Olympics and then records in outdoor track and field competition. The reader is reminded that Usain Bolt holds records in the 100 and 200 meter races; Hicham El Guerrouj has records in the 1500 meters, mile run, and 2000 meter run. Page 895? Super Bowl results (as a Chicago Bears' fan, it's nice to look at the results of Super Bowl XX!). Page 921? Major league leaders in runs batted in per year from 1907 through 1990.
So, once more, a cool resource and great fun!
Not everyone lives online or on their latest Smartphone device. Get this book for easy access to facts on the world. For example, in ranking of population, what is the fifth largest city in the U.S.A.? I suspect many people will instantly get the first, second and third city correct but number five? It's near where I live: Phoenix, Arizona.
I recommend this reference book.
Well this book is my entertainment and information go to source that beats the net. So much data, that is not really avialble on the internet. Concisely assembled and easily accessible.
It takes some getting used to, but I have been using this Almanac for over 30 years, and it always delivers.
Want to fact check a political speech, very easy with referenced official data - not some unfounded rantings of a net weirdo.
Arm yourself with information, and never look back.