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World Leaders was first published as volume 6 of the tenth edition (2001) of Worldmark Encyclopedia of the Nations. In an earlier life, it was a loose-leaf volume entitled Current Leaders of Nations (Gale, 1997). To add more confusion, the 1997 information is now part of Gale's online Biography Resource Center. So here is a case of a print volume being more up-to-date than an online version.
The 2002 edition has the same format as volume 6 of the Worldmark Encyclopedia of the Nations. Entries for all 193 countries of the world were updated, with more than 50 having a change of leadership. The entries are arranged alphabetically by country, with the country as the header on the left page and the leader's name as the header on the right page. In most cases the profiles are accompanied by a photograph of the leader (the prime minister of Vanuatu has no photograph), a location map of the country, and a quotation from the leader. There is also a pronunciation guide to the leader's name ("JORGE BUHSH"). Entries follow a relatively standard form, with an introductory paragraph on the country, political and personal background of the leader, his or her rise to power, leadership, domestic and foreign policy, and business address. Length is generally around three pages, with the entry for Jorge Ibanez (Uruguay) and George Bush (U.S.) almost identical in length. Five to 10 relatively current references (including articles and Web sites) complete each discussion. The author or authors of each profile are listed, with both the date of the original writing and the update.
Gale has not announced the publication of the eleventh edition of the Worldmark Encyclopedia of the Nations, so it is unclear whether World Leaders will continue to be part of that set or only sold separately. With no comparable title, this is a current, readable resource for public, high-school, and academic libraries. RBB
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Book Description Gale Group, 2002. Condition: Very Good. Former Library book. Great condition for a used book! Minimal wear. Seller Inventory # GRP3194788