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The 20th century has witnessed more momentous upheaval than any previous period in recorded history. Now, in the last decade of the century, the pace of change is increasing. Already, the 1990s have seen revolution in Europe, political ferment in Britain and warfare stretching from the Balkans to the Middle East. Uncertainty dominates the world economy, whilst Britain struggles to rebuild from recession and devaluation. This latest edition of "Pears" not only provides an authoritative background to our ever-changing world, but also continues to provide the reliable and wide-ranging family encyclopaedia that has earned its enduring reputation over so many years.
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They've produced it 111 times and yet "custom cannot stale its infinite variety". Quirky Pears Cyclopaedia is surely the most delicious little reference book ever printed. Everything about it appeals. There's its neat size. You can actually hold it in one hand unlike most standard one-volume encyclopaedias which can weigh as much as a small sack of potatoes. Then there's the deliberate 1897 font, traditional fussy lay out and mysterious pagination which belie just how up to date the lasted edition is--with its focus on the aftermath of the 11September 2001 assault on America, the Afghan war and European Union expansion. That's attractive too.
Set out in 21 eclectically detailed sections ranging from the World of Science and Biblical Glossary to Prominent People and Atlas of the World, Pears manages to be a whole raft of specialist reference books all rolled into one. The Literary Companion section is especially good this time, having been expanded to include mention JK Rowling and of 2001 Booker prize winning novel, Peter Carey's The History of the Kelly Gang as well a detailing literary terms special topics and authors from Chaucer to Tolkein.
Pears makes for a entertaining browse too. On one page you read that a uhlan is "light cavalry officer armed with lance" That's a few pages away from the useful information that Zagreus was a son of Zeus torn apart and eaten by the Titans. Nearby are charts showing the Periodic Table and the Table of Elements and another listing all Britain's prime ministers since 1945. It's faintly eccentric but fun.--Susan ElkinReview:
'Pears is probably the most useful all-purpose reference book there's ever been...' Amazon.co.uk '... by any standards Pears is remarkable, cramming an extraordinary wealth of fact, analysis and speculation into its 1030-odd pages.' David McKie, Guardian (2001) 'A bestseller for the home bookshelf...its coverage is impressive.' THE TIMES
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Book Description Pelham Books, 1995. Gebundene Ausgabe. Condition: Neu. 1056 Seiten Hier das Jahr 1994 ---Pears Cyclopaedia Edition -- 9713015E4267 Sprache: Englisch Gewicht in Gramm: 821. Seller Inventory # 90138