By Louis Barron

A spouse to Worldmark Yearbook 2000, this 10th variation deals 4 volumes at the continents plus one at the United countries and a brand new quantity on international leaders. every one continent quantity includes alphabetically prepared chaptersDranging from ten to 30 pagesDdescribing approximately two hundred nations and dependencies. every one bankruptcy encompasses a big variety of data on 50 issues, together with inhabitants, topography, historical past, govt, media, and a bibliography. in particular noteworthy: a few of these sections offer details now not on hand in different geographical encyclopedias (e.g., judicial method, neighborhood executive, and libraries and museums). Compiled more often than not by way of teachers, the succinctly written articles comprise a lot present info, a few of it relationship from as lately as August 2000. the amount on leaders is principally worthy, supplying hard-to-find biographical info on lesser-known heads of kingdom. those profiles, normally written or up-to-date in 2000, were culled from various print and net resources. the quantity at the United countries is a wonderful prepared reference, describing the historical past and constitution of U.N. enterprises and together with valuable comparative statistical tables. a truly minor quibble: the rustic volumes don't comprise signed entries. nonetheless, this set is a phenomenal resource supplying trustworthy, accomplished, and simply available info for commonly asked reference questions. the associated fee should be steep for smaller libraries, yet this can be hugely urged for higher public and educational collections.

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