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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Dr Chris Cook is an economist and historian who has published many books for both Penguin and Longman. He lives in Wimbledon, SW19.Review:
"'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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Book Description Penguin UK, 2001. Hardcover. Book Condition: New. book. Bookseller Inventory # M0140297499