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17. Dezember 2013 World Almanac and Book of Facts
Larger hardcover format offers more user-friendly access to thousands of facts at increased font size to enhance readability.

The World Almanac® and Book of Facts is America's top-selling reference book of all time, with more than 82 million copies sold. Published annually since 1868, this compendium of information is the authoritative source for all your entertainment, reference, and learning needs. The 2014 edition of The World Almanac reviews the events of 2013 and will be your go-to source for any questions on any topic in the upcoming year. Praised as a “treasure trove of political, economic, scientific and educational statistics and information” by The Wall Street Journal, The World Almanac® contains thousands of facts that are unavailable publicly elsewhere. The World Almanac® and Book of Facts will answer all of your trivia needs—from history and sports to geography, pop culture, and much more. Features of The World Almanac® 2014 include: • The Year in Review: The World Almanac® takes a look back at 2013 while providing all the information you’ll need in 2014. • 2013—Year in Sports: Hundreds of pages of trivia and statistics that are essential for any sports fan, featuring complete coverage of the 2013 World Series, the brand-new National Women’s Soccer League, and much more. • 2013—Year in Pictures: Striking full-color images from around the world in 2013, covering news, pop culture, science, and sports. • 2013—Top 10 News Topics: The editors of The World Almanac® list the top stories that held their attention in 2013. • World Almanac Editors’ Picks: Time Capsule: The World Almanac® lists the items that most came to symbolize the year 2013, from news and sports to pop culture. • Offbeat News Stories: The World Almanac® editors found some of the strangest news stories of the year. • The World at a Glance: This annual feature of The World Almanac® provides a quick look at the surprising stats and curious facts that define the changing world today. • Marriage in the U.S.: After a year in which the U.S. Supreme Court declared DOMA unconstitutional and the federal government began to extend some marriage benefits to same-sex couples, a feature on marriage in the United States reveals surprising details about the state of our unions. • Voter Guide: Prior to the 2014 midterm elections, The World Almanac® provides a user-friendly, state-by-state guide to key election dates and information, including voter-ID laws adopted by many states. • Need-to-Know Information: Browse all-new statistics on topics in the news: firearm violence and crime rates, the health and employment of U.S. veterans, and the latest in digital technologies—and who is using them. • Health News and Statistics: Details about U.S. health care policy, including ongoing implementation of health care reform. Factual information on common diseases and disorders (including a new section on ADHD), nutrition and diet, and Medicare and insurance. • World Almanac® Editors’ Picks: Memorable Winter Olympic Moments: From Tonya and Nancy to the Miracle on Ice, the editors of The World Almanac® choose their favorite moments of past Winter Olympics to prepare readers for the 2014 Games. • and much more.

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Sarah Janssen is the senior editor of The World Almanac and Book of Facts, The World Almanac for Kids, and other diverse titles. She lives in Brooklyn, NY.


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25 von 26 Kunden fanden die folgende Rezension hilfreich
5.0 von 5 Sternen There's an element to this that google doesn't have 29. November 2013
Von K. Larson - Veröffentlicht auf
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This is an extremely handy reference to have in the house, and I buy the new annual World Almanac each year. The price and delivery service can't be beat!

This contains information that is difficult to find using google, and its logical arrangement of categories makes it fairly east to find many things. It is also fun to skim through simply to be amazed or to learn something. I grew up in an era when home computers and google didn't exist, and I have always appreciated the element that a printed book brings to a research project.
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2.0 von 5 Sternen Kindle version of World Almanac 2014 20. Dezember 2013
Von William E. Brown - Veröffentlicht auf
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I have used the almanac for many, many years and found it an excellent reference book. This year I tried the Kindle version and was very surprised to find that the search function was for location and not for page number. This makes it very dificult to find the desired information by using the index,
I recommend that if one wants to use this as a reference book, that they use the printed edition. I have ordered a print edition.
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5.0 von 5 Sternen The gold standard in almanacs 30. November 2013
Von Brian Melendez - Veröffentlicht auf
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I have loved almanacs ever since my grandmother gave me a Reader's Digest almanac for Christmas in the year that I learned to read. It was the first book that I owned. I have gotten one every year since (and nowadays more than one, since I get a copy for the office too).

There are many imitators on the market, some of them quite good, but The World Almanac has set the standard for more than a century. The New York World newspaper began publishing an almanac in 1868, "a 120-page volume with 12 pages of advertising." The newspaper suspended the almanac's publication in 1876, but publisher Joseph Pulitzer revived it in 1886 as a "compendium of universal knowledge." The almanac has been published annually since, outliving the newspaper whose name it still bears. (The World Almanac is not the oldest almanac in publication, though: that distinction belongs to The Old Farmer's Almanac, which is "North America's oldest continuously published periodical," founded in 1792.)

The World Almanac contains much useful information that belongs in any serious basic-reference set. For the world, the almanac presents basic statistics about each nation, and about the world's major religions; and summarizes world history, with more detailed histories of the United States and of the preceding year. For the United States, the almanac reprints the nation's organic documents, the Declaration of Independence and the Constitution; contains a directory of the entire Federal government; presents basic statistics about each state and major city, and a short biography of each president; and much more. The almanac also contains bountiful information about education, science, sports, and many other topics.

The 2014 edition is out in late November, a couple weeks later than the 2013 edition, possibly because the 2013 edition covered the 2012 election. The regular news coverage in the 2014 edition ends in late October 2013, consistent with recent editions. (The preceding year's news had been ending earlier and earlier in recent editions -- in the 1999 edition the last entry was 3 November 1998, in the 2004 edition it was 16 October 2003, and in the 2008 edition it was 12 October 2007 -- so the end of October is an improvement. The 2014 edition's coverage ends on 21 October 2013.)

My only disappointment with the 2014 edition is that it drops the one feature that I used the most in recent editions: the handy one-page sheet of area codes in numerical order, which I tabbed and have often used to look up an incoming call to see what state it was coming from while the phone was still ringing.

Overall, the 2014 World Almanac continues to set the standard, and is well worth the price. No other single volume offers such a wealth of information on such a variety of subjects.
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Quick -- what's the population of the Seychelles? For that matter, where ARE the Seychelles? What's the minimum legal age of driving in Utah? Does Norway use the Euro? What picture won the Academy Award for 1952? Yes, you can answer these questions well enough with your computer (assuming you've spelled "Seychelles" correctly) but what if the power goes out? Even if you've gargled your Google and bungled your Bing, the new WORLD ALMANAC AND BOOK OF FACTS FOR 2014 stands ready to help at all times. It's no surprise that entry-level college Journalism courses still include this perennial and easy-to-use reference work on their required-reading lists. Additional color photos for the 2014 volume are a plus. Well worth the price, even without a discount.
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5.0 von 5 Sternen Updated edition of the most popular well-made reference book... 26. November 2013
Von Denis Vukosav - Veröffentlicht auf
"World Almanac and Book of Facts 2014" is the updated edition of the popular reference book full of useful information, the best-selling reference book of all time that is published annually since 1868.

Readers which are familiar with previous editions will know the value of this extensive guide to history which provides information on various aspects of human activity and entertainment, including politics, economics, geography, music, science, sports and others.
The guide does not go deep into the details, but it is more designed for quick search of basic information providing large number of facts contained on its pages sorted by clear and easily searchable criteria.

So if you need to know what was the population of a certain year, who was nominated in some elections, who won and who lost the elections, if you search for some company or want to know who won the 100m race at the Olympics, all such information you will find inside.
World Almanac can be read by all generations, and it is difficult to define which the minimum reader's age is in order to be able to use it.
Still I believe that it can already be useful to children in elementary school, as a starting point for getting some basic information before the investigation can be continued in other books or on the Internet.

The book is written in a style and language that enables it to be easily read by all audience and its added value is that covers topics from all around the world, not only from American history/present.
Question that will probably be asked from readers who bought last year's edition is whether it is worth to buy this year edition; and this is actually quite easy to answer - if you are interested about the events of this 2013 year, the answer is yes because this year's edition well covered them.

Though in my opinion the recommendations for its purchase should primarily go to those who previously haven't bought this book, because it will give them a mountain of information on its pages which certainly will be useful in many situations.
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