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Schott's Almanac 2007 [Hardcover]

Ben Schott
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27 Oct 2006
Schott's Almanac redefines the traditional almanac to present a record the year just past and a guide to the year come. It is designed to be a practical and entertaining annual volume, that tells the real stories of the year, from the winner of Celebrity Big Brother to tax freedom day 2007, and from the devastating earthquake in Pakistan and its aftermath to the stand-off between Russia and the Ukraine over gas supplies to Western Europe, and from the collapse of Ariel Sharon to Elton John's 'Gay Marriage'. . Section headings are: Chronicle; World; Society & Health; Sci, Tech, Net; Celebrity & Media; Music & Cinema; Books & Arts; Travel & Leisure; Money; Parlimanent & Politics; The Establishment; Sport; Ephemerides. In an age when information is plentiful but selection is rare, Schott's Almanac offers both the essential facts and the lucid analysis, combining the authority and accuracy of the Economist with the wit and vitality of Have I Got News for You.

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  • Hardcover: 352 pages
  • Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing PLC; 2007 edition (27 Oct 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0747584702
  • ISBN-13: 978-0747584704
  • Product Dimensions: 13 x 21 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 542,359 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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`A record of historic reference.' -- Guardian

`A social barometer of genuine historical value.' -- Sunday Times

`A very witty, contemporary and often highly irreverent take on
the past year...brilliantly, if eccentrically, presented and edited.'
-- Daily Mirror

`A wonderful achievement.' -- News Statesman

About the Author

Ben Schott was born in North London in 1974. He was educated at University College School. Hampstead, and Gonville & Caius College, Cambridge, where he read Social and Political Sciences, graduating with a double First in 1996. He has worked with the Independent, The Times, the Sunday Times, Reader's Digest and Sunday Business, amongst many others and has photographed celebrities from Hugh Grant and Tony Blair, to Gordon Brown and Enoch Powell. Now a full-tuime writer, he has columns with a number of publications including Conde Nast Traveller and the Daily Telegraph, and is the author of three highly original and entertaining Miscellanies. He lives in London, and divides his time between Highgate and the British Library.

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41 of 43 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Informative and entertaining 4 Nov 2006
By T. Bently VINE VOICE
Format:Hardcover
Ben Schott's trivia collections lend themselves to the format of an annual almanac and the good news is that this tome is up to the same standard as his previous books, with lots of nuggets of information you didn't know you didn't know but which are strangely fascinating.

I love the mix of modern up-to-date information with the Victorian-style presentation and quaint illustrations. There is also a review of major news highlights of the year.

Overall this is an ideal Christmas present, the sort of thing you can dip into again and again. It beats socks anyway.
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Great pressie 23 July 2009
Format:Hardcover
As ever a volume of totally pointless information that nonetheless proves fascinating. Get it as a present and stick it in the toilet!
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42 of 46 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Thoroughly Entertaining! 9 Nov 2006
By Avid Book Reader - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Hardcover
I bought this book because I really enjoyed Schott's Miscellany, and I was not disappointed. It covers everything! From important facts and statistics on everything from world population, global warming, and political issues to Oscar gowns, grammy winners, what celebrities say about themselves on their web sites, who's star is rising more--Jon Stewart or Stephen Colbert, to Dwight Schrupte being named Entertainment Weekly's #10 best sidekick(I think he should have been higher). It is an endless array of fun, fascinating and random facts, that is sure to entertain, I highly recommend this book.
9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Schott in the dark - A high caliber almanac 6 Jan 2007
By D. L. Barnett - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Hardcover
Slide-rule companies pretty much went out of business with the advent of computer age. Though in the Internet age the printed page is far from endangered, traditional reference works are. All the words of the massive bound volumes of the Encyclopaedia Britannica, for which I paid $1,500 back in 1974, now come on DVDs thrown in for free with the purchase of some other computer program. The fabulously popular Wikipedia online is even beginning to rival Britannica in accuracy. And with data of every kind freely available on the Web, whither the yearly printed almanac? The "World Almanac and Book of Facts" or the "Information Please Almanac" now have a quaintness to them, almost as if someone published them year after year but had forgotten why.

So London-based Ben Schott decided to reinvent the yearly almanac. The result is "Schott's Almanac: 2007" ($25.95 in hardcover from Bloomsbury USA), designed especially for American readers (there are also British and German versions). In the brief introduction, the author writes, " 'Schott's Almanac' reflects the age in which it has been written: an age when information is plentiful, but selection and analysis are more elusive. ... 'Schott's Almanac' aspires to provide an informative, selective and entertaining analysis of the year. 'Schott's' is an almanac written to be read."

Superficially resembling the more traditional almanac, with familiar section titles like "books and arts" and "the States," "Schott's" is shorter (368 pages) and its content far quirkier. It's unlikely that years from now we will be driven to look up "street names, unusual" to find the "7 'wackiest' street names, according to a 2006 poll by Car Connection Web site." (A few of the selections, for the record: Psycho Path, in Traverse City, Mich.; Divorce Court, in Heather Highlands, Pa.; and, in Story, Alaska, Farfrompoopen Road, "the only road leading to Constipation Ridge.")

Oldsters beware, too. The print is minuscule and the overall tone decidedly hip. There are lots of fun lists (the "Hacker, Cracker, & Geek Speak" lexicon distinguishes among geeks, nerds, dweebs and dorks) but lots of serious talk as well, especially in the survey of the year that leads off the book. You'll find an official definition of genocide, a biography of Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, and a short article on Holocaust denial. Some of the sections (sports, the nation) are more prosaic than others (such as media and celebrity, which leads off with a comparison of the cover stars pictured on issues of People and US Weekly) but all in all Schott's lives up to its claim to be readable.

Odd corners abound. Here's a poem from Thomas Hood (1799-1845): "Dirty days hath September, / April, June and November, / From January up to May / The rain it raineth every day. / February hath 28 alone, / And all the rest have 31. / If any of them had two and 30 / They'd be just as wet and dirty."

Then there are the Ig Nobel prizes, for real research that seems pointless, with the 2005 winners in chemistry: "Edward Cussler and Brian Gettelfinger (University of Minnesota) for their tireless investigation into whether people swim faster in syrup or in water."

The "Oddest Book Title of the Year" award for 2005 goes to author Gary Leon Hill for "People Who Don't know They Are Dead: How They Attach Themselves to Unsuspecting Bystanders and What to Do About It."

Don't look for a review anytime soon.

Copyright 2007 Chico Enterprise-Record. Used by permission.
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars More Schott 29 Dec 2006
By Travisji Corcoran - Published on Amazon.com
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Fans of Schott's Miscelany and follow on books will enjoy this super-sized (350+ pages) collection of somewhat timely, somewhat topical, thoroughly random information. From short biographies of Nobel Prize in Literature winners, to a discussion of why a traditional psuedonym for actors was retired (a porn starlet started using it as her screen name) to the winner of this year's Ernest Hemmingway look alike contest, to the body fat statistic of the president (16.8%), this book has everything you don't need to know.

Because the book can be picked up at a random page and enjoyed in doses of 1 sentence to 10 pages (actually, that is - I'd argue - how it *SHOULD* be enjoyed), it's perfect bathroom reading for the obscure-knowledge set.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars fun book for fact-junkies 10 Jan 2007
By rural girl - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Hardcover|Verified Purchase
Hi - this is a fun book for fact-junkies. Any page you open to has interesting information; we have given it to 3 people for holday gifts so they too can spew possibly needless and deffinately endless interesting facts.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Endless Interest 15 Jan 2007
By William H. Goodhart - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Hardcover
Nearly every page of this book has something that can spark a conversation among my friends, and more important, inspire me to think more about the world around me. I particularly appreciate the index (which even lists itself as an item) so that my browsing can have more focus. The only item lacking would be a bibliography, but many of the items are in themselves enough to key me to the right sources for more information.
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