Reviewer Conny Withay:Operating her own business in office management since 1991, Conny is an avid reader, volunteers reading the Bible to the elderly, and makes handmade jewelry. A cum laude graduate with a degree in art living in the Pacific Northwest, she is married with two sons, two daughter-in-laws, and one granddaughter.
Senior Editor: Sarah Janssen
Publisher: World Almanac Books
“The World Almanac has been informing, entertaining, and amusing Americans since 1868. With more fascinating facts per page than any other general reference, The World Almanachas the authoritative answers to your questions on every essential subject …” the back jacket states of the 2015 version.
At one thousand and eight pages of small print in a thick paperback book, this is the go-to physical format for data, information, or explanation up to the year 2014. With sixteen glossy pages of colored photographs, a few black and white pictures, charts, colored maps, and small paragraph format, this book is targeted for those fascinated with information from America and around the world.
The first fifty pages tabbed the Year in Review are special features that cover top ten news topics, the world at a glance, Ebola outbreak facts, American Veterans, election results, a chronology of events, obituaries, Congress, the U.S. Supreme Court, notable quotes, offbeat news stories, anniversaries, and a time capsule.
The remaining nine tabbed sections relate to the economy and employment, health, personalities, science and technology, consumer information, United States, the world, nations, and sports. The general index and quick reference guide are included in over twenty-five pages at the conclusion.
Using both types of indexes, readers can easily look up data on aviation, disabled people, high schools, Mars, nutrition, quantum physics, Toyotas, yellow fever, or a plethora of memorable and banal events, happenings, or interests, to name a few.
Under the one page “World at a Glance,” there are first-time occurrences, surprising facts, and milestone birthdays. The several pages on chronological events start in November 2013 and offers monthly highlights on a national, international, and general interests through October 2014.
Several portions are done in a chronological order for topics such as the year in review and United States history. Weather conditions, state population, and sports statistics date back to the first record or recent accomplishments in practically every conceivable aspect.
This myriad of information may match an internet search engine trying to find data quickly as it is arranged methodically and precisely. In spite of its small print, the book may challenge Google in accessing answers fast as it gives one source instead of thousands to glean while researching.
Thanks to The Rosen Group for furnishing this complimentary book in exchange for a review based on the reader’s honest opinion.