Thursday, December 11, 2014

Book Review: The World Almanac and Book of Facts 2015, ed by Sarah Janssen


Disclosure / Disclaimer: I received this book, free of charge, from World Almanac, via the Rosen Group, for review purposes on this blog. No other compensation, monetary or in kind, has been received or implied for this post. Nor was I told how to post about it

he World Almanac and Book of Facts 2015 cover

Synopsis:

Get thousands of facts right at your fingertips with this updated resource.

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 2015 edition of The World Almanac reviews the events of 2014 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 include:
• The Year in Review: The World Almanac takes a look back at 2014 while providing all the information you'll need in 2015. 
• 2014—Top 10 News Topics: The editors of The World Almanac list the top stories that held their attention in 2014. 
• 2014—Election Results: Complete state-by-state results from 2014 midterm elections. 
• 2014—Year in Sports: Hundreds of pages of trivia and statistics that are essential for any sports fan, featuring complete coverage of the Men's World Cup in Brazil, 2014 World Series, Winter Olympic Games in Sochi, and much more. 
• 2014—Year in Pictures: Striking full-color images from around the world in 2014, covering news, entertainment, science, and sports. 
• World Almanac Editors' Picks: Time Capsule: The World Almanac lists the items that most came to symbolize the year 2014, 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. 
• American Veterans: A Statistical Feature: After a year in which the performance of the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs came under scrutiny, this statistical feature reveals important information on the health, employment, education, and future prospects of American veterans. 
• Health Care Statistics: Details about U.S. health care policy, including ongoing implementation of health care reform and the first statistics on federal and state health insurance marketplace enrollment, consumer costs, and much more. 
• World Almanac Editors' Picks: Most Controversial Sports Team Owners: From Walter O’Malley to George Steinbrenner to Donald Sterling, the owners of sports teams have the power to change the game. The editors of The World Almanac choose the most controversial franchise owners of past and present pro sports. 

he World Almanac and Book of Facts 2015 sample pages collage

Review:

As you can see this book really is THE resource book! It has everything you need for a quick look up of facts and information, helpful to student reports, writing, blog posts and even trivia games! The state sections has some really great info for kids doing reports about them, as does the history section! There are 1,008 pages of information! You may need a magnifying glass though! It is in pretty small print, in order to get the book as small as possible! I love how there is now a Year in Review section with color pictures. In fact the first section focuses on 2014, then the next 9 sections cover everything else, or the 'nouns' as Miss Grace called them- the people, places and things! LOL Having grown up in libraries, and having read an encyclopedia set cover to cover, these type of reference books always excite me with the amount of knowledge available in them. Granted you won't be remembering everything, but knowing where to look it up is 9/10th of finding an answer! This is a great resource book and I recommend every household have one- you never know when you'll need it! 


About The World Almanac

The World Almanac's history as a publisher of award-winning reference titles dates back more than 140 years. The imprint includes the iconic title The World Almanac and Book of Facts, the best-selling American reference book of all time. The World Almanac brand is part of Infobase Holdingsan educational media company that owns such well-known brands as Facts On File, Films Media Group, Chelsea House, Bloom's, and Ferguson’s. Infobase is a portfolio company investment of Veronis Suhler Stevenson.  a private equity firm that invests in the media, information, and education industries.

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