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Hutchinson Encyclopedia 2001 Hardcover – 27 Jul 2000

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  • Hardcover: 1248 pages
  • Publisher: Hodder & Stoughton; Revised edition edition (27 July 2000)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1859863337
  • ISBN-13: 978-1859863336
  • Product Dimensions: 24.1 x 6.3 x 29.6 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,400,827 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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From a trainspotter point of view, it's fantastic to find one book, admittedly a doorstop of a tome, that discusses authoritatively Digital Television, selling football internationally, E-Commerce and the Big Brother Phenomenon--George Orwell not Channel Four. The Hutchinson Encyclopaedia, 2001 is one such work. Highly illustrated, multi-coloured, large format pages entice the reader to learn about everything from Abba to Sick Building Syndrome.

The Encyclopaedia begins by introducing a new feature--21 specialist subjects, each 1-3 pages in length, which cover the broad spectrum of significant current affairs, scientific, cultural and popular topics. It ends with a useful, concise Factfile, full of chronological lists of prizes, religious events, sports, leaders and government and important measurement leagues--such as the highest population, largest cities and currency tables. The short entries, which form the main body of the book, are arranged alphabetically in an easy-to-read, well-designed format and are extensively cross-referenced. Colour illustrations, photographs, timelines, tables and maps break up the text. In addition, there are Focus feature articles on a range of subjects, from "Seeing the Universe", "Gandhi and Indian Independence", to "Leonardo da Vinci" and "The Break-up of the USSR", all by experts in the field.

The 2001 edition of The Hutchinson Encyclopaedia has been updated extensively to give the reader accurate information in an efficient, readable way. This is the kind of book that shouldn't be viewed in a hurry; set aside a few evenings and swot up on those subjects you always wanted to know more about. As a veritable mine of information The Hutchinson Encyclopaedia is an investment at £40.00, but it would be difficult to disagree with The Financial Times's assessment that "looking up a subject is a pleasure". Believe me, it is. --Aruna Vasudevan

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If you want to buy a one-volume general encyclopedia, there are quite some books available: the Columbia encyclopedia (50000+ articles, 6.500000+ words), the Cambridge encyclopedia (27.000+ articles, 2.000000 words), the Oxford paperback encyclopedia (20.000+ articles, 1.500000 words), the Merriam Webster collegiate encyclopedia (25.000 articles, 2.500000+ words), Hutchinson (I'm guessing about 18.000 - 20.000 articles, approximately 2 million words), and the Macmillan encyclopedia (25.500+ articles).
Looking at the numbers, you would say the Columbia encyclopedia is by far the best. This however, is not the case, since it is filled with a lot of obscure, irrelevant biographies (if you want biographies, you should buy the Chambers biographical dictionary). You will find the best pick of articles at the Merriam Webster. That's quite logical, knowing that the selection of the entries comes from Encyclopedia Britannica. However, it is completely black-and-white, so it is not attractive to read in.
That is why I prefer the Hutchinson encyclopedia: lots of pictures, timelines, maps, photographs etc., all in colour. This book is really fun to browse, hour after hour. The numerous timelines ad to the easy reading. Although the Cambridge encyclopedia is a fine encyclopedia (with a lot of cross-references) is doesn't really "ad up" to anything special: it has black-and white text and drawings (so it really can't compete with the Hutchinson), and it's pick of articles isn't as good as the Merriam Webster.
The Oxford paperback encyclopedia finally, doesn't really belong in the list. Don't get me wrong: it is a terrific encyclopedia, which is not expensive at all. However, you'll soon want to move up to the before mentioned "big guys" like Merriam Webster and Hutchinson.
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When I read through this encyclopidia, I found all the information that I could possibly. It is superior to the 1999 edition is is updated with colour charts and quotes and facts and figures. One literally has all the information one could need at the flick of a page. It is a wonderful reference book.
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Though a few years old now, this encyclopedia is a superbly illustrated book. It can be used as a quick reference guide, though is wonderfully detailed and is fun and easy to navigate. A must for any family household.
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