The new century, widely heralded as an era of great change, is already fulfilling that promise. From America to Russia, new political leaders have now taken office. Britain itself has been overshadowed by a crucial general election. Meanwhile, developments in countries from the Balkans to the Pacific Rim are changing the face of world politics. In the turbulent world of finance, the new economy with its advanced technology and global markets is transforming the lives of ordinary people. This latest edition of "Pears" provides an authoritative yet highly readable window on our ever-changing world. In "Science", there are articles on subjects as diverse as the human genome project, plate tectonics and space weather. In "Medicine", topics covered range from Alzheimer's disease to prostate cancer. The popular "Environment" section examines threatened habitat species and the latest trends in world population. In "Literature and Music", articles range from the novels of Victorian England, and the work of the new generation of Commonwealth writers, to the classical music of the great composers. Among the many popular favourites retained in this edition are "Prominent People", "Ideas and Beliefs", "Money Matters" (with its practical advice on tax, pensions and saving), the wide-ranging "World-Gazetteer" (complete with full-colour maps) and an expanded "Sporting Companion". The range of subjects included in "Pears" (and its up-to-date coverage and remarkable topicality) is the key to its enduring success. This is a book for all the family and for all age groups, offering background information on a complex world with a popular but trusted approach that has attracted loyal readers over successive generations.
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For anyone who feels daunted by the unfathomable size and relentless growth of the Information Revolution--millions of Internet sites and thousands of large-format increasingly specialist reference books-- Pears Cyclopaedia, pocket sized and as comprehensive as ever in its 110th edition, might be the answer.
It's hard to think of any other book which comes anywhere near managing to combine a pretty detailed art guide, literary companion, biographical dictionary, political compendium, Bible concordance, medical dictionary, world gazetteer, almanac of dates, and much more, all in the rather quaint and appealing way that Pears has been doing so well since 1887. Although the new cover is quite up-beat and this proclaims itself the "General Election Edition" with plenty of data dating from 1999 and 2000, the old fashioned font, deliberately retained from the century before last, makes it a comforting little book.
It is, as usual, laid out in sections. This time there are 22, beginning with Events--historical and contemporary--and ending with Atlas of the World, having taken in (for example) Money Matters and Dictionary of Computing on the way. Thus we can learn that in French music "Belgian Cesar Franck (1822-90) was the main figure in the mid-19th-cent" and only a few pages further on that Ballyhennessy Seal was the greyhound which won the 1945 Derby or that the Roman name for South Shields was Caer Urfa.
For curious people, crossword addicts, writers, students, teachers or quiz setters, Pears is probably the most useful all-purpose reference book there's ever been and it doesn't take up too much room. Keep it handy and use it as an investigative starting point on almost anything. --Susan ElkinReview:
"'A bestseller for the home bookshelf...its coverage is impressive.' The Times; 'A uniquely portable encylcopaedia that covers almost every subject under the sun...Not just a great reference book but also ideal material for browsers everywhere.' Books Magazine; 'Provides easily accessible information in an affordable way...a recommeded addition to any respectable bookshelf.' Aruna Vasudevan, Amazon.co.uk"
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