Whitaker's Almanack 2000 provides accurate and up-to-date information on the United Kingdom and the rest of the world. As the most comprehensive annual reference book on Britain, Whitaker's offers coverage of a wide range of topics, including important dates and events of the previous year; information about parliament and government; obituaries of notable individuals; and more.
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A useful what's-what and who's-who of the world, this reference brings together a wide range of facts, figures and directory information.Review:
21st century people inhabit an information world. Data is hurled in a non-stop stream. Internet, CD Roms, TV, video, newspapers, magazines, junk mail, hoardings ... It's relentless, brash and sometimes exhausting. That's why Whitaker's Almanack, a one-volume reference book which manages to be comfortingly traditional but bang up-to-date, is such a treasure.
The eclecticism is astonishing because Whitaker's manages to be calendar, atlas, peerage, gazetteer and newspaper digest all at once. If you want to know, say, the population of Afghanistan, the number of passengers who used Manchester airport last year, the address of the Knitting Industries Federation or the opening hours of the Aberdeen Maritime Museum, Whitaker's will tell you, which is great news for quiz buffs.
"There are about 64,000 licensed taxis in Great Britain, of which 19,000 are in London", says Whitaker's helpfully. And did you know that "The probation service is organised into 54 areas"? The dates of all the Christian churches' moveable feasts from now until 2035, alongside breakdowns of the Sikh, Hindu and Jewish calendars, are here. So are the names of the senior civil servants in every government department.
Published annually since 1868, Whitaker's was first compiled by journalist Joseph Whitaker. It has grown and developed into a yearly institution comparable only with the Guinness Book of Records or Wisden. Now published by the Stationery Office--although there's still a member of the Whitaker family on the editorial board--it's a user-friendly, pleasant-to-handle book whether you want facts, figures and statistics for work or just sheer pleasure. --Susan Elkin
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Book Description Stationery Office, 1999. Hardcover. Book Condition: New. book. Bookseller Inventory # 0117022527