|About the Book|
This indispensable reference puts the whole world of knowledge at your fingertips in a compact, easy-to-carry format and in clear, jargon-free language. From the countries of the globe, through science and engineering, to biographies of major figures--nearly 10,000 informative entries cover the worlds of history, economics, sports, language, politics, the arts, science, awards and records, and more. Fully revised & updated, with extensive cross-references to help the reader understand a subject thoroughly and find related information. Packed with helpful illustrations, maps, charts, and tables.