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The New York Times Guide to Essential Knowledge: A Desk Reference for the Curious Mind

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A Complete Revision and Thorough Updating of the Ultimate Reference from the Newspaper of Record

Whether you are researching the history of Western art, investigating an obscure medical test, following current environmental trends, studying Shakespeare, brushing up on your crossword and Sudoku skills, or simply looking for a deeper understanding of the world, this boo

Hardcover, Second Edition, 1328 pages
Published October 30th 2007 by St. Martin's Press (first published November 5th 2004)
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Mo El-Bishry
كتاب عن كل المعارف الاساسية مثل الفن والتاريخ والقانون والدين والرياضة و الطب والفيزياء و قد شعرت بالسعادة لأنني وجدته في مكتبة جرير ذات ليلة بثمن عادل ومعه كتاب آخر عن المعارف العملية و بنفس الثمن
I didn't read the entire thing because it's longer than the Bible, but a great reference for curious people to learn new facts daily. I just open the book to random pages, learn some interesting info for half an hour and close it till the next time. Did you know Japanese is spoken on the small island country of Palau? Now I do thanks to this book!
This book (along with Bartlett's Roget's Thesaurus) was all I really wanted for my birthday. I know, I know... I'm a book nerd.

The Guide to Essential Knowledge is the most awesome and non-boring reference book I have ever perused. (No, I did not read all eight billion pages)
Sherif Fahmy
This is a great book, together with "An Incomplete Education", this is my go to reference when I want to learn about a certain topic. I haven't read it from cover to cover, I just zoom in on the topic I want to learn about. Has served me very well so far.
i didn't read the whole thing because its like a DICTIONARY. this thing is huge. its not a book were you read the whole thing but you could try if you really wanted to.
Dec 03, 2008 Sumi rated it 3 of 5 stars
Shelves: trivia
Covers a broad range of subjects and yet I still felt it was missing something.

In terms of readability I prefer 'An Incomplete Education'
Dec 10, 2012 Paula marked it as to-read
I went to my friend's house recently and found this on his bookshelf. It's an almanac-y encyclopedia-esque thingy. I want it. I'll borrow it soon.
great to flip through... would probably take a year and a half to actually read the whole dang thing. Great for the bathroom! :)
Aug 27, 2012 Stephenie rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: Everyone
I love this book. Words can not express how awesome it is.
yea, has a lot of good info in there
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This book is incredible, I'm earning my BA of knowledge
Nov 11, 2007 Daisy rated it 4 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: all nerds like me!
Very helpful book!
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