12 of 12 people found the following review helpful
Everyone's said this book was so great...I have a different view,
This review is from: A To Z Of Everything, 5th Edition: A Compendium of General Knowledge (Hardcover)
This book is packed with knowledge and facts, some which is essential information and some which is random weird facts - thats fine by me. It's has all the information you need if you were writing an essay on a particular subject and covers pretty much every topic you an think of.
So why two stars?
Well basically it can be very, very difficult to find something specific, particularly people. If you're looking for, as an example, information on Elvis Pressley, do you look at the marriages section, the country of birth section, the death section etc, etc. These subsections just make it hard to find a certain person, as they're usually only mentioned in one of these lists instead of all of them.
The history section is concise, and it's good that it has a TV and film listings section. However you can't put in a TV show like Footballers Wives and leave more prominent drama shows like Spooks and Hustle, as an example. It's like it's trying to add a bit of everything, but not always whats most important. A book can't contain every piece of information there is, and the authors misunderstood that.
Maybe I was expecting more of an encyclopedia, but this book didn't do it for me. It's full of information, stuffed with it, but I didn't find it easy to use and some more important things (historical figures etc.) should have been included rather than wasting a page on paper sizes.