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The World Almanac® and Book of Facts 2017
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  • ISBN-10: 1600572065
  • ISBN-13: 978-1-60057-206-7
  • Status: In Stock
  • List Price: $34.95
  • Imprint: World Almanac
  • Published: 12/01/2016
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  • Reading Level: Grades 6-12


Praise for the previous editions:

"The World Almanac® is the most useful reference book known to modern man."—Los Angeles Times

"The most versatile single volume, and probably the biggest bargain on the shelf."—Esquire

"For the most information in one source, The World Almanac® remains the champion."—American Library Association

"My #1 reference work for facts."—Will Shortz, The New York Times Crossword Editor

"...a powerhouse of statistics, facts, lists, and stories...It is hard to imagine a question you might have that is not covered by this reference."—American Reference Books Annual

The World Almanac® and Book of Facts is America's top-selling reference book of all time, with more than 83 million copies sold. Since 1868, this compendium of information has been the authoritative source for all your entertainment, reference, and learning needs. The 2017 edition of The World Almanac® reviews the events of 2016 and will be your go-to source for questions on any topic in the upcoming year. Praised as a "treasure trove of political, economic, scientific and educational statistics and information" by The Wall Street Journal, The World Almanac® and Book of Facts will answer all of your trivia needs—from history and sports to geography, pop culture, and much more. 

Features include:

  • The Year in Review: The World Almanac® takes a look back at 2016 while providing all the information you'll need in 2017.  
    • 2016—Top 10 News Topics: The editors of The World Almanac® list the top stories that held the world's attention in 2016. 
    • 2016—Year in Sports: Hundreds of pages of trivia and statistics that are essential for any sports fan, featuring complete coverage of the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio, the 2016 World Series, and much more.  
    • 2016—Year in Pictures: Striking full-color images from around the world in 2016, covering news, entertainment, science, and sports. 
    • 2016—Offbeat News Stories: The World Almanac® editors found some of the strangest news stories of the year, reporting on a fugitive octopus, an olfactory matchmaking service, and the meaning of Bundespräsidentenwiederholungswahlverschiebung.
    • 2016—World Almanac® Editors' Picks: Time Capsule: The World Almanac® lists the items that most came to symbolize the year 2016, from news and sports to pop culture. 
  • 2016 Election Results: The World Almanac® provides a comprehensive look at the entire 2016 election process, from the roller coaster of the early primaries and candidate biographies to state and county presidential voting results and coverage of House, Senate, and gubernatorial races.  
  • 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.  
  • World Almanac® Editors' Picks: The Best Teams That Never Won It All: In light of Golden State's unprecedented regular season success and eventual downfall in the NBA Finals, The World Almanac® takes a look back into sports history for the best teams that fell just short of championship glory. 
  • Statistical Spotlight: This brand-new graphic feature highlights statistics relevant to the biggest stories of the year, providing context and giving readers a fresh perspective on important issues like the economy and unemployment, the Zika virus, the world's migrant/refugee crisis, and the end of the Obama presidency.  
  • Other New Highlights: Newly available statistics on sexuality, student loans, overdose deaths, state minimum wages, and much more.


Black-and-white photographs. Three full-color inserts. Index.

1,008 pp. 7 1/4 x 10 1/4.

Reviews and Awards

"...a core resource for libraries and researchers...an indispensable ready reference tool and should be on the reference shelves of every school, public, and academic library...Highly Recommended."

School Library Connection

"Thoroughly 'user friendly' in organization and presentation...Informed and informative...give[s] readers a fresh perspective on important issues...unreservedly recommended..."

Midwest Book Review

"...a core resource...continues the excellence of the series...an indispensable ready reference tool and should be on the reference shelves of every school, public, and academic library."

American Reference Books Annual

"...long considered the standard behind-the-desk reference source...still a useful addition to any library collection...easy to use...recommended for libraries of all types..."


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The World Almanac® and Book of Facts 2018

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