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The World Almanac and Book of Facts 2020

World Almanac. 2019. 1,007p. ed. by ed. by Sarah Janssen. ISBN 9781600572289. $36.95; pap. ISBN 9781600572302. $14.99. REF
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While smartphones make it possible to look up arcane facts when a specific need arises, this almanac supplies information you might not realize you want to know. Whether tastes run toward Canadian prime ministers, the original names of selected entertainers, crude oil imports by country, or country statistics and profiles, there is a fact for every interest. Color insets include flags, maps, and notable events in arts, science, and sports.
VERDICT Equally useful for completing school assignments, settling bets, and discovering trivia.

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