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Pears' Cyclopaedia 2010 - 2011 Hardcover – 2 Sep 2010


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  • Hardcover: 1056 pages
  • Publisher: Allen Lane (2 Sept. 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1846142938
  • ISBN-13: 978-1846142932
  • Product Dimensions: 14.1 x 3.9 x 20.4 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (20 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 381,248 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Pears is remarkable, cramming an extraordinary wealth of fact, analysis and speculation into its pages...the great almanac remains Pears. (Guardian )

About the Author

Dr Chris Cook has been editing Pears' Cyclopaedia since 1977: the year of the Queen's silver jubilee, James Callaghan and The Clash. The world has changed since then, but Pears is still the only book of its kind to be updated and revised annually.

Dr Cook is helped in his daunting yearly task of overseeing a varied team of expert contributors - and condensing their wisdom into one volume - by his love of reference books, the compulsive reading of every kind of newspaper, and his formidable academic record in creating historical works that have been translated into a dozen languages (from Spanish to Korean). He receives letters from Pears fans all around the world, who have long seen the book as a trusted friend.


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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Steve Johnson on 29 Sept. 2010
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For some time I have been looking for a one-volume encyclopedia to help my kids with their homework, but it seems this form of reference has mostly succumbed to the Internet. The latest true encyclopedia I could find was Philips 2008. Although it does not cover everything, this latest Pears Cyclopedia is bang up to date, to June this year. There are hundreds of pages of small text with no graphics (apart from three maps), which prevents the book from becoming too bulky. (You can look inside the 2009 edition on the Amazon website.) The comprehensive subject index at the back makes fast searching easy, and certainly beats the Internet from a standing start (i.e. from turning your computer on). As a previous reviewers have indicated for last years' edition, one can flop the Cylopedia open at any page and find something interesting. The book is particularly good at explaining the background to issues and events.

I will certainly be buying this again every year or two.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By flight 999 on 10 Nov. 2010
Like an old friend you don't have to get new one every year, but it updated annually and is well worth while for keeping up with the latest ideas and discoveries.

It has the answer to the many thousands of trivial questions and references that crop up daily and you would normally pass over.

I miss the maps in the gazetteer of the latest edition.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By JennyB on 11 Nov. 2010
Ever stuck for the answers to general knowledge quizzes and crosswords - this is the book. Updated annually it has masses of information in succinctly headed sections, so you can find answers quickly and easily. On the other hand it is great for browsing - and you can spend a long time finding out things that you really didn't mean to - but could just be useful in the future! A real compendium of useful facts and figures - an essential for the bookcase.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Peter Wade VINE VOICE on 17 Feb. 2011
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I had a copy of the book many years ago and it is a great little one volume encylcopaedia.I know it is regarded as old fashioned these days to get ones informaiton from the internet rather than books. The beauty of books is that you can take them anywhere and they have been edited rather than just a vast mass of information.

This publication has been around since 1897 and this is the 119th edition, they have obviously got something right.

It is set out in various sections from A-Z starting with chronicle of events to medical matters it has obviously been updated so therer are sections on the world of science ,computing and the internet and the environment.

Ther are of course trying to put a lot of information one volume so the pages are thin and the type is small. There are 1056 pages and that is a lot.

I have covered mine like we used to cover school books as I will be taking it everywhere with me.I am a quizzaholic and a triviaphiliac so it is a treasure trove of trivia which I will be dipping into regularly.

Concerning Amazon's service. I cannot fault it. The first copy I received had a printing fault. Printers are cheeeky little people.To hide a fault such as the pages being cut incorrectly they food pages back in.

I had to send the copy back. Amazon said print off a label put it back in the post.They then sent a fresh copy in the first class post even though I had not paid extra to start with.

If only everyone else I dealt with were are good. That is why they get my custom.

Book and service highly recommended.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Slimemold on 18 Dec. 2010
The content is great as usual, however the paper is thin and more importantly the print is very small. I ordered on-line so was unaware of this prior to purchase. In my opinion they would do better to reduce amount of content to allow a larger font in order to make it more readable. If Penguin books split the content across 2 volumes or alternate editions or produced a larger format I would still buy the cyclopedia but as it is trying to stuff more and more info into the same size book no longer makes it a pleasure to read.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By rob on 24 Mar. 2011
Don't be misled by the compact size - this book contains a vast amount of knowledge, 22 sections cover the entire field of human activity
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By Keith May on 7 Feb. 2011
The cyclopaedia is excellent but the delay in receiving it was "strange". Items ordered at the same time which came from Indigostarfish in Jersey arrived within 2 days. This book from Amazon itself took 14 days. And yes all items were "in stock" so can't see the reason for the disparity. It must be said though this was the first time there has been such a delay in receiving items from Amazon.
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1000 pages of densely packed information, strong on current events with a UK slant, great gazetteer, overviews of various subjects e.g. science, literature. My only gripe is that the excellent colour atlas section of previous editions has been replaced with a couple of maps on the inside covers. What a shame! Nevertheless, outstanding value.
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