- Gebundene Ausgabe: 1008 Seiten
- Verlag: World Almanac (17. Dezember 2013)
- Sprache: Englisch
- ISBN-10: 1600571816
- ISBN-13: 978-1600571817
- Größe und/oder Gewicht: 18,4 x 5,8 x 26 cm
- Durchschnittliche Kundenbewertung: Schreiben Sie die erste Bewertung
- Amazon Bestseller-Rang: Nr. 1.961.357 in Fremdsprachige Bücher (Siehe Top 100 in Fremdsprachige Bücher)
The World Almanac and Book of Facts 2014 (Englisch) Gebundene Ausgabe – 17. Dezember 2013
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Über den Autor und weitere Mitwirkende
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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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.
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.
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.
Wasn't MY first choice actually. I cannot have anything weighing over a pound mailed to my location in Europe.
Being a generous sort of guy, I'll give THIS a FOUR, and the hardback a FIVE.
There are things in these Almanacs that are easier to access in your hand than on your PC/tablet/what-ever... and you can peruse
it from your bedside.
My family members and I routinely skim it and peruse it. We randomly read articles from the Almanac & from the Encyclopedia Britannica. I highly recommend this book for every family, for every literate adult. Sure beats "scare 'em" negative TV news and TV ratings driven Commentary programming!
I advise against the Kindle version. It isn't search functional. For an electronic almanac I recommend the Encyclopedia Britanica DVD.