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4.0 out of 5 stars One for that desert island, 3 Feb. 2006
Mike D (London, United Kingdom) - See all my reviews
This review is from: People's Almanac Presents The Twentieth Century: History with the Boring Parts Left Out: History with the Boring Bits Left Out (Hardcover)
Three volumes' worth of these almanacs appeared in the late 1970s and early 80s, and this is an updated compilation of the twentieth century portions of all three. They were probably the first books of their kind - not Whitaker's-dry compilations of facts, but marvellously eclectic assemblages of short essays, lists and footnote information that dip into more or less the whole of human knowledge. An academic historian might say some of the information isn't as well sourced and reliable as it might have been (and he'd be right), but I probably learned more useful - and useless - stuff from my People's Almanacs than I did at school. Better yet, these books are inexhaustible. The first two volumes are each well over 1,000 pages long, the third only a little shorter, and I'm still exhuming fresh nuggets from them after a quarter of a century.
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