The World Almanac has been the bestselling reference and fact guide for everything from the Economy to Sports. Started in 1868, outside of a 10-year stint, it has produced an amazing volume every year. To think that the very first World Almanac was published after the Civil War and referenced the assassination of President Lincoln is remarkable!
I’ve been pretty sucked into this book lately. Mostly regarding the statistics on population in U.S. Cities, statistics on Bullying and Consumer Information. I had no idea that my city, St. Louis, was ranked #18 on most populated cities in the U.S.! And you if you are a Reality T.V. Fanatic, you can find odd tidbits such as every single winner of selected Reality T.V. shows from 2000-12. Some other neat things I have found are:
- Some Notable New Books for Children 2012 (#1 All the Water in the World by George Ella Lyon)
- Most Challenged Books, 2011 (#1 is ttyl, ttfn, l8r, g8r series by Lauren Myracle)
- Most Popular DVDs – Rented & Sold, 2011 (Top Rentals are #1 Red, #2 Due Date and #3Little Fockers)
- Basic First Aid – First Aid for Choking
- Provisions of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act
- Status of Top Recipients of Treasury Department Bailout Funds, 2012 (Disbursed / Repaid / Profit)
- Directory of Associations and Organizations – Businesses and Corporations – Health Organizations, etc.
- United States History
- Biographies of U.S. Presidents
- Presidential Election Results by State
- Nations of the World
- Olympic Games Statistics
- Education – Public Schools Overview, Spending, Statistics, etc.
- Basic Laws of Physics
There is so much in this book that I couldn’t possibly even begin to go over everything. Anything you could possibly want to know is in The World Almanac or references where to find that information.
It is really telling, some of this information, in regards to current events right now. The information about the Affordable Care Act, the Bailout Money, Tax information in regards to Credits, Education and it’s Anti-Bullying Laws and much more. Every day I watch the news and there is always contradictory numbers of things, this is a book about FACTS with actual statistics. And even though it is a heavy book with 1007 pages (that includes the Index), it is actually very easy to read. I was quite impressed with how engrossed I was and it was really hard to put it down or not bug my family to death about what I had learned!
Now I have my teen currently sucked into it. He likes to go to school and feel very smart and important; it’s a great reference guide for high-school; especially if they have Current Events like my teen! There is also a World Almanac for Kids, if you are looking for something more relatable for your children (like Justin Bieber).
Although this would make an incredible gift for anyone, I also want to encourage you to get one for yourself! There are a lot of reference numbers, addresses and information for everyone from who you should call with tax questions to who you can contact to help with your child being bullied in school. It also helps to be informed on the statistics of what is going on in your districts, communities, hospitals and government!
I like to think that the gift is not in the book itself, but in the knowledge that it provides you.
You can pick up a copy of The World Almanac for $7.36 right now, on sale, at Amazon!
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I received a copy for the purpose of reviewing. Opinions are my own and/or my families and are not influenced by any form of compensation.