A very useful quick reference, but could use a second edition that could include all the events from 1993-1999. A time line on the right margin lists events small and large regarding political and military events for each year. The text inside is more like a newspaper article in its formatting as well as the heavy paper it uses in its printing. World War I and especialy WWII has large sections of the book dedicated to it documenting all the events of the wars. I use this book all the time for papers here in college (as a Pol Sci major) and would reccomend it.