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  • Paperback: 732 pages
  • Publisher: Dorling Kindersley Publishers Ltd; 3rd edition edition (6 Jan 2000)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0751308226
  • ISBN-13: 978-0751308228
  • Product Dimensions: 13 x 3.8 x 25.4 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,629,949 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Set aside a little extra time when you are looking up information from the DK World Desk Reference--you won't be able to keep yourself from browsing. The large, gorgeous pages are colourful and well designed, and while the facts you need are readily available, their neighbours are clamouring for your attention too. Beginning with a set of physical, historical and economic maps of the world and its continents, the Desk Reference quickly gets to its heart: several pages devoted to each nation of the world (as of the year 2000) from Afghanistan to Zimbabwe. Clear, detailed maps, synopses of political, economic, environmental, historical and demographic information, and exquisitely helpful charts bring each country to life and serve as a brief but thorough lesson on its place in the world. The four-page spread on Yugoslavia will help you understand the situation there better and faster than a pile of history textbooks, and your awareness of the importance of groups like the G7, WTO, and IMF will expand tremendously after just a few minutes of browsing. Despite its entertainment and educational value, though, the DK World Desk Reference is also a sharply focused reference tool: the index and gazetteer will bring you to the right page without fail time and again. --Rob Lightner

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 28 Mar 2000
... It's extremely accessible, lively and informative. It's also beautifully presented and entirely digestible. I like the way you can look up any country in the world and find out the things you actually want to know but the news never tells you. Quick and "read - at - a glance", you can find out those things you don't quite like to ask but you feel you should know about a country...like where is it? Who's the Prime Minister, what's the capital city? etc. and for more detail, What are the people like? How does their health compare with ours?..what about their economy, religion, etc? Perfect for browsing and dipping or for more serious study, it would make a perfect present for a fact lover ...
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 28 Mar 2000
Fantastic. If (like me), you want to know all about the world but haven't got time to go looking in a hundred different books, then this is THE ONE. I must confess that since I bought it I find myself strangely drawn to the obscure facts about economics and politics in far-flung corners of the world. If only I'd paid more attention in geography class . . .
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 7 Mar 2001
I ordered this book because our home encyclopedias are so old that the populations of countries and other important facts have already grown old. The book came today (it came in four days)accompanied by the Macmillan Encyclopedia 2001. I flicked it through and was surprised to have a very good-looking book in my hands. I recommend this book.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 8 Dec 2001
I especially like books from DK. And this one doesn't disappoint me. DK World Desk Reference is a fine reference to the countries of the world. Like many DK books, the books are easy to read. DK uses vivid colors and symbols make the books very interesting and easy to understand. Highly recommended.
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