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The People's Almanac

4.19  ·  Rating Details  ·  229 Ratings  ·  10 Reviews
The People's Almanac...the first reference book ever prepared to be read for million words...25,000 major entries...952 special articles. It probes behind the facts to offer inside information as well as constant entertainment.
Paperback, 1st Edition edition, 1481 pages
Published November 1st 1975 by Doubleday (first published 1975)
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Dec 18, 2009 Julie rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I read this book over and over as a child. Especially the sections on murder and strange deaths. Fascinating! I still can't get myself to get rid of it. Love it!
Feb 09, 2015 Andy rated it it was amazing
A perfect a snapshot of the remains of the American counterculture in the mid-1970s. The Almanac was compiled to be a one-stop source for the informed, progressive citizen's informational needs, and in that spirit covers basic facts about world history and geography. But reflecting the expansive, slightly paranoid tenor of the post-Nixon era, it's also full of psychic predictions, conspiracy theories, alternative history, analyses of contemporary events, book excerpts, lists of mail-order resour ...more
Oct 15, 2007 Donald rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: Everyone
There is something for almost everyone in "The People's Almanac." Along with their popular "Book Of Lists" series, Irving Wallace and his son David Wallechinsky produced some very readable pop culture books in the 1970s-1980s. They aren't great literature and some of the material is already dated, but their books are less dry and far more interesting than any conventional almanac. I think most readers would like the "The People's Almanac" and the other works by the same authors.
Sep 14, 2007 Snowfire rated it it was amazing
It's very 70's, but it's got a ton of weird eclectic information and self-contradiction information and viewpoints chaotically thrown together. Provides light reading material for ages. Especially funny is the Psychic prediction's section, made in the 70's. Apparently, the interplanetary conference in Vegas in 1982 or whatever must have been canceled. Definitely recommended.
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Jan 20, 2016 David Ward rated it really liked it
The People's Almanac by David Wallechinsky (Doubleday 1975) (031.02). This is billed as “the first reference book made to be read for pleasure. It was a sheer pleasure to wallow for hours in this fascinating book; there had never before been anything like it. My rating: 8/10, finished 1976.
May 30, 2013 RJ rated it it was ok
Shelves: reference
Interesting book back in the 1970's, but as I got older I saw this as far too political. As in left wing political. Kind of a post-Watergate victory lap for this bunch. Interesting chapters and well laid out but the indoctrination gets to be a bit much.
Jul 26, 2009 S. rated it really liked it
whoopdee do! i remember loving this as a kid. It wasn't the pretty coffee table book in the living room, rather the meaty coffee table book in the den. good for reading during tv commercials...
Mar 31, 2013 Tori rated it it was amazing
I read this book over and over as a child. I spent a lot of time reading through it and loved every second.
Jul 02, 2012 Jennifer rated it it was amazing
Reading this as a teen started me on the path to reference librarianship. Best reference book ever!
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David Wallechinsky is an American populist historian and television commentator, the president of the International Society of Olympic Historians (ISOH) and the founder and editor-in-chief of
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