SYNOPSIS:How does the Trump administration’s first year compare to those of past presidents? How do Harvey and Irma stack up against other historic hurricanes? While 2017 was a momentous year, its significant events will live on and gain context in The World Almanac and Book of Facts 2018, available in print and as an eBook for all platforms on December 5. The 150th anniversary edition of America’s best-selling reference book celebrates its illustrious history while keeping an eye on the future in order to be your go-to source for questions on any topic in the upcoming year.
New features include “150 Years of The World Almanac,” with highlights from its distinguished past and some old-fashioned “facts” illustrating how its defining mission has changed with the times; “World Almanac Editors’ Picks: Greatest Single-Season Performances,” featuring athletes’ best single-season runs; “Statistical Spotlight,” featuring infographics relevant to the biggest stories of the year; and “The Obama Presidency,” a recap of the policy achievements and challenges of the 44th U.S. president.
Favorite sections making their return include “Year in Sports,” “Top 10 News Topics,” “The World at a Glance,” “Time Capsule,” “Offbeat News Stories,” and “Historical Anniversaries.”
“For 150 years, The World Almanac and Book of Facts has remained a constant, authoritative source for people all around the globe,” said Sarah Janssen, senior editor of The World Almanac. “In this anniversary edition, we’ve included special features that look back on our proud history and key milestones from the past—along with additions that spotlight the past year’s developments. And with The World Almanac, you’ll take on 2018 with all of the information you’ll need in the year to come.”
Highlights from The World Almanac and Book of Facts 2018 include:
150 Years of The World Almanac: This special feature celebrating The World Almanac’s historic run includes highlights from its distinguished past and some old-fashioned “facts” illustrating how its defining mission has changed with the times.
Historical Anniversaries: The World Almanac’s recurring feature expands to incorporate milestone events and cultural touchstones dating to the book’s founding year, from the impeachment of President Andrew Johnson to the publication of Little Women.
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.
The Obama Presidency: A year after Barack Obama’s second term came to a close, The World Almanac reviews the accomplishments, missteps, and legacy of the 44th president.
Other New Highlights: A brand-new biography of the 45th president and profile of the Trump administration; official 2016 election results; and statistics on criminal incarceration and sentence lengths, health care, overdose deaths, shootings, terrorism, and much more.
The Year in Review: The World Almanac takes a look back at 2017 while providing all the information you’ll need in 2018.
2017—Top 10 News Topics: The editors of The World Almanac list the top stories that held the world’s attention in 2017.
2017—Year in Sports: Hundreds of pages of trivia and statistics that are essential for any sports fan, featuring a preview of the upcoming 2018 Winter Olympic Games; complete coverage of the 2017 World Series; new tables of NBA, NHL, and NCAA statistics; and much more.
2017—Year in Pictures: Striking full-color images from around the world in 2017, covering news, entertainment, science, and sports.
2017—Offbeat News Stories: The World Almanac editors found some of the quirkiest news stories of the year, from the king who secretly worked as an airline pilot for decades to the state that’s auctioning off its governor’s mansion.
World Almanac Editors’ Picks: Time Capsule: The World Almanac lists the items that most came to symbolize the year 2017, from news and sports to pop culture.
MY THOUGHTS: I know you may be thinking, ‘There’s an App for that.’ True, Google will probably give you all the info, too. However, in my opinion, there is no substitute for holding an actual book. While all the technological bells and whistles can be handy, today’s students aren’t reliant enough on good, old-fashioned research.
This is why I highly recommend keeping reference books such as this in your home/classroom. While it may not be a cover-to-cover read, it will get them engrossed in learning. Looking up on topic may lead to reading about another. That is something a search engine cannot do.
When my generation had research to do, we went to the library and blew a Saturday pouring over books to find info. ‘The World Almanac’ comes with countless topics, information, and education. It will start a ‘Hey, mom, did you know….’ conversation. Start some teachable, family moments.
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