Parents, teachers, and librarians consistently rank The World Book Encyclopedia the best general reference source because of its easy-to-use format that students find so appealing. World Book editors present information in a clear, direct style that makes each article readable. Articles start at a relatively basic level and advance in depth as they progress. More than 28,000 rich photographs and illustrations are combined with award-winning text to produce the perfect encyclopedia for students and families. No wonder it has been a staple on home, library, and classroom shelves since the first edition in 1917.
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World Book (WB) continues to be a first choice for libraries, schools, and homes. The 2003 print edition has 114 new articles. They include Blood doping, People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals , Hot spot , and Intellectual property. John Ashcroft, Hugh Masekela, Marcia Muller, and Sara Paretsky are a few the people covered in new biographical entries. Some 184 articles have been extensively revised or rewritten, among them Cancer (disease), Basques, Element--chemical, Immigration and Naturalization Service, Khyber Pass, and Food additive. More than 190 maps have been revised, and 350 new photographs have been added. The editors have revised 294 bibliographies. This year's special volume is World Book Focus on Terrorism, which contains encyclopedia articles and special reports on topics such as "The Attacks of September 11" and "Homeland Security: Fighting Terrorism at Home."
World Book is almost always up-to-date, although its early revision deadline--printing of the 2003 edition began in October--means that it misses events that some other encyclopedias are able to include. New entries cover the Department of Homeland Security, al-Qaeda, Tom Ridge, and the Taliban. The Afghanistan entry has been rewritten and is current through the establishment of the transitional government in April 2002. The article on terrorism covers new airport security procedures. The entries on Tony Blair and George W. Bush both make reference to the war in Afghanistan but have not yet been updated to reflect later events. Also not yet updated are the entries for Saddam Hussein and Iraq. There is no entry for Hamid Karzai. The index is detailed and easy to use, including page numbers for illustrations and maps.
Conclusion: World Book is recommended for its high-quality, current, and accurate information in an attractive package. RBB
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World Book is recommended for its high-quality, current, and accurate information in attractive print and online packages. --Reference Books Bulletin, June 2004
World Book Encyclopedia is an outstanding, beautifully illustrated, current general reference source for all age levels. --Booklist, October 2004
Highly recommended. --Catholic Library World, November 2004
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Book Description World Book Inc, 2002. Hardcover. Book Condition: New. Bookseller Inventory # DADAX0716601036