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The World Almanac® and Book of Facts 2018
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  • Authored by: World Almanac
  • From the Series: World Almanac
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  • ISBN-10: 1600572111
  • ISBN-13: 978-1-6005-7211-1
  • Status: In Stock
  • List Price: $36.95
  • Imprint: World Almanac
  • Published: 12/01/2017
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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 

"A treasure trove of political, economic, scientific and educational statistics and information."Wall Street Journal

"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

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

"...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..."—Booklist

"...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

The World Almanac® and Book of Facts is America's top-selling reference book of all time, with more than 82 million copies sold. Since 1868, this compendium has been the authoritative source for all your entertainment, reference, and learning needs. The 150th anniversary edition 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. 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:

  • 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.
  • The Obama Presidency: A year after Barack Obama's second term ended, The World Almanac reviews the legacy of the 44th president.
  • 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 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 statistics that are essential for any sports fan, featuring a preview of the 2018 Winter Olympic Games; coverage of the 2017 World Series; new 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.
    • 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.
  • World Almanac Editors' Picks: Greatest Single-Season Performances: In light of Russell Westbrook's unprecedented 42 regular-season triple-doubles (and the second-ever season triple-double), The World Almanac takes a look back in sports history for athletes' best single-season runs.
  • Statistical Spotlight: This popular feature highlights statistics relevant to the biggest stories of the year, providing important context and new perspectives to give readers a fresh angle on important issues.
  • 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.
  • Other New Highlights: A brand-new biography of the 45th president and profile of the Trump administration; statistics on criminal incarceration and sentence lengths, health care, overdose deaths, shootings, terrorism, immigration, 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

"...all-inclusive...Superior...The anniversary edition celebrates a long history of reader satisfaction and tradition. Contemporary consumers will find the 150th edition worth celebrating. [The World Almanac®] hits a home run with this edition—all library acquisition decision-makers will consider this contribution an essential resource."

American Reference Books Annual

"Simply stated, no home, school, or community library General Reference collection will or should be considered either complete or comprehensive without the inclusion of 'The World Almanac and Book of Facts 2018'."

Midwest Book Review

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The World Almanac® and Book of Facts 2019

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