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The People's Almanac
The People's Almanac...the first reference book ever prepared to be read for pleasure...one 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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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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 AllGov.com.More about David Wallechinsky...