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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 understandi 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 book is for you. An indispensable resource for every home, office, dorm room, and library, this new edition of The New York Times Guide to Essential Knowledge offers in-depth explorations of art, astronomy, biology, business, economics, the environment, film, geography, history, the Internet, literature, mathematics, music, mythology, philosophy, photography, sports, theater, film, and many other subjects.   This one volume is designed to offer more information than any other book on the most important subjects, as well as provide easy-to-access data critical to everyday life. It is the only universal reference book to include authoritative and engaging essays from New York Times experts in almost every field of endeavor.


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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 understandi 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 book is for you. An indispensable resource for every home, office, dorm room, and library, this new edition of The New York Times Guide to Essential Knowledge offers in-depth explorations of art, astronomy, biology, business, economics, the environment, film, geography, history, the Internet, literature, mathematics, music, mythology, philosophy, photography, sports, theater, film, and many other subjects.   This one volume is designed to offer more information than any other book on the most important subjects, as well as provide easy-to-access data critical to everyday life. It is the only universal reference book to include authoritative and engaging essays from New York Times experts in almost every field of endeavor.

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

  1. 4 out of 5

    Spike Gomes

    Since I'm attempting to get on Jeopardy, I decided that a wide review of knowledge was necessary, and so I picked the second edition of this book at a used bookstore. Well, I certainly don't recommend trying to read this cover to cover as I did. It's really not made for that sort of thing, though I can tell you this: some of the section writers are far better at others in providing an overview of their field of expertise, and more than a couple don't know how to take an ideologically neutral sta Since I'm attempting to get on Jeopardy, I decided that a wide review of knowledge was necessary, and so I picked the second edition of this book at a used bookstore. Well, I certainly don't recommend trying to read this cover to cover as I did. It's really not made for that sort of thing, though I can tell you this: some of the section writers are far better at others in providing an overview of their field of expertise, and more than a couple don't know how to take an ideologically neutral stance for the life of themselves (but being that this is sponsored by the New York Times, I was expecting such a bias to pop up). That said, I did learn quite a bit of new factoids, as well as refresh what I already know.

  2. 4 out of 5

    Daniel

    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! 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!

  3. 5 out of 5

    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. 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.

  4. 4 out of 5

    Lindsay

    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) 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)

  5. 5 out of 5

    Jon

    yea, has a lot of good info in there

  6. 5 out of 5

    Abby

    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. 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.

  7. 4 out of 5

    Sam Motes

    This was a truly a massive collection of trivial knowledge on a vast area of topics. Not deep enough in all areas obviously but a good high level over view of a wide swatch of areas of knowledge.

  8. 4 out of 5

    Stephenie

    I love this book. Words can not express how awesome it is.

  9. 4 out of 5

    Sumi

    Covers a broad range of subjects and yet I still felt it was missing something. In terms of readability I prefer 'An Incomplete Education' Covers a broad range of subjects and yet I still felt it was missing something. In terms of readability I prefer 'An Incomplete Education'

  10. 5 out of 5

    Joe

    Pretty weak narrative

  11. 5 out of 5

    Cari

    great to flip through... would probably take a year and a half to actually read the whole dang thing. Great for the bathroom! :)

  12. 5 out of 5

    Daisy

    Very helpful book!

  13. 5 out of 5

    Catherine

  14. 4 out of 5

    lori uyematsu

  15. 5 out of 5

    Andrew Bartels

  16. 5 out of 5

    A.E. D'orsay

  17. 4 out of 5

    Ash Friend

  18. 4 out of 5

    Georgia

  19. 4 out of 5

    Jeff Hernandez

  20. 5 out of 5

    Ricardo Rodriguez

  21. 5 out of 5

    Gregory

  22. 4 out of 5

    Matt

  23. 5 out of 5

    Desiree

  24. 4 out of 5

    Theodora

  25. 4 out of 5

    Sydney Zekley

  26. 4 out of 5

    TED STOCKWELL

  27. 5 out of 5

    Dan Emery

  28. 4 out of 5

    Maria

  29. 4 out of 5

    Kathryn Featherston

  30. 4 out of 5

    Eilir Rowan

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