The World Almanac® and Book of Facts

Since its debut in 1868, The World Almanac and Book of Facts has become the best-selling American reference book of all time, with more than 82 million copies sold. This essential household and workplace desk reference is “the most useful reference book known to modern man,” according to the L.A. Times. Renowned New York Times crossword puzzle editor Will Shortz calls it his “#1 reference work for facts.”

The World Almanac is the #1 best-selling American reference book of all time. It is the source for essential and authoritative facts for entertainment, reference and learning. The book contains thousands of facts and statistics that aren’t publicly available which are sourced and double-checked by the staff of World Almanac experts.

The 2014 Edition is jam-packed with essential and authoritative facts. The Wall Street Journal calls The World Almanac and Book of Facts “a treasure trove of political, economic, scientific and educational statistics and information.” Available wherever books are sold.

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Praise for the World Almanac

“An institution … The range of records and data the book collects is staggering.”

- Dallas Morning News

The World Almanac is the most useful reference book known to modern man.”

- Los Angeles Times

“For the most information in one source, The World Almanac remains the champion.”

- American Library Association

“My #1 reference work for facts.”

- Will Shortz, The New York Times Crossword Editor

The World Almanac has become an American institution. In schools, libraries, and homes, it is an indispensable reference work.”

- Lyndon B. Johnson (1967)

The World Almanac is a superb source book of facts with broad-based information at your fingertips. I use it often.”

- Gerald Ford

“As a private citizen, Governor and President, I have depended on The World Almanac for precise and accurate information — and for entertainment.”

- Jimmy Carter

“A literary institution.”

- Bill Bradley

“The amount of valuable information crowded into The World Almanac is little short of marvelous, and it will repay its costs many times over during the year.”

- William Jennings Bryan (1908)

“I use it at least once every day.”

- David Brinkley (1986)

“An indispensable volume for any newsperson’s desk.”

- Walter Cronkite

“I consider The World Almanac one of the most valuable books in my collection...there is nothing I’ve ever looked for in it that I haven’t been able to find.”

- Placido Domingo (1986)

“I refer to The World Almanac constantly and would be lost without it.”

- James A. Michener

The World Almanac is the King of the Jungle.”

- Andy Rooney

“I have kept The World Almanac within easy reach ever since my father bought me my first copy more than half a century ago.”

- Arthur Schlesinger, Jr. (1986)

“For the most information in one source, The World Almanac remains the champion.”

- American Library Association

“The most versatile single volume, and probably the biggest bargain on the shelf.”

- Esquire

“The monarch of the genre...Packed with just about every fact and figure you might conceivably want to know.”

- Arkansas Democrat-Gazette

The World Almanac has always been an unfailing source”

- Atlantic Constitution

“No home should be without one of these handy reference sources.”

- Boston Herald

“If there is a bargain in the bookstore, this compendium of more than one million facts is it.”

- Chattanooga Times

“An institution ... The range of records and data the book collects is staggering.”

- Dallas Morning News

“A wealth of facts and figures in one inexpensive, easy-to-use source.”

- Houston Chronicle

“A must for any home or office.”

- King Features Syndicate

“It’s mind-boggling the amount of stuff you can find in this book. And it’s the kind of thing one needs every year, too, because the world keeps changing.”

- Knoxville New Sentinel

“It’s the best in the business.”

- Manchester Union Leader

“As fascinating as it is informative.”

- Memphis Commercial Appeal

“Men of every shade of conviction will be satisfied of its fairness and accuracy...It is one of those useful publications that no politician can afford to be without.”

- The New York Times (1876)

“To say that it is indispensable is perhaps the highest praise we can accord to the almanac.”

- The New York Times (1903)

“Its contents have always been what an almanac’s contents should be — accurate, concise, inclusive.”

- The New York Times (1906)

“There has never been anything, and probably never will be anything, quite like The World Almanac...The Almanac is as much an event as New Year’s Day. May it round out its second half century and still go strong!”

- The New York Times (1938)

“Provides brief, accurate information on an endless array of subjects.”

- The New York Times

“Every household needs a copy.”

- Richmond Times

“Useful to any human being on the planet...The World Almanac still reigns as the world's most powerful reference.”

- Seattle Times

“...desk reference superstar...”

- St. Louis Post Dispatch

“Here it is, the just-updated compendium of facts and figures, maps and charts that has become a valuable resource for schools, homes and offices since its inception in 1868.”

- Washington Post

Notable Features for 2014

  • The World at a Glance: The most fascinating facts of the past year in science, economics, sports, arts and media, and more
  • 2013 Year in Sports
  • 2013 Year in Pictures
  • 2013 Top 10 News Topics
  • Voter Guide
  • Time Capsule
  • Memorable Winter Olympic Moments
  • Offbeat News Stories
  • Marriage in America: A Changing Picture
  • Economy and Employment
  • Health News and Statistics
  • 16 pages of world maps and flags and easy-to-use side tabs
  • and much more.

Time Capsules

The 1932 World Almanac was buried in the cornerstone of the Supreme Court building in Washington, DC by Mrs. William Howard Taft on October 13, 1932.

The 1938 World Almanac was buried in a 5,000 Year Time Capsule at the World Fair Grounds in New York, September 23, 1938.

Specifications

Paperback edition
  • Trim size: 5-3/8” x 8”
  • 1,008 pages
  • 16 pages of color maps and flags
  • 16 pages of Year in Pictures — 80 color and black-and-white photographs
  • ISBN 10: 1-60057-182-4
  • ISBN 13: 978-1-60057-182-4
  • $13.99 U.S./$14.99 (Can)
Hardcover edition
  • Trim size: 7-1/4” x 10-1/4”
  • 1,008 pages
  • 16 pages of color maps and flags
  • 16 pages of Year in Pictures — 80 color and black-and-white photographs
  • ISBN 10: 1-60057-181-6
  • ISBN 13: 978-1-60057-181-7
  • List price: $34.95 U.S.
10-pack Paperback Classroom set
  • Trim size: 5-3/8” x 8”
  • Ten paperbacks, 1,008 pages each
  • ISBN 10: 1-60057-184-0
  • ISBN 13: 978-1-60057-184-8
  • List price: $139.90 U.S.
The World Almanac® 2014 Trivia Game
  • Q & A card game
  • ISBN 10: 1-60057-186-7
  • ISBN 13: 978-1-60057-186-2
  • List price: $26.95 U.S.
  • Pocket chart sold separately.
Pocket Chart for the Trivia Game
  • Item number: CD-5609
  • List price: $21.99 U.S.
The World Almanac® and Book of Facts 2014 Kit
  • Kit includes 1 hardcover and 20 paperback copies of The World Almanac® and Book of Facts 2014, The World Almanac® and Book of Facts 2014 Trivia Game.
  • Pocket chart sold separately.
  • ISBN 10: 1-60057-185-9
  • ISBN 13: 978-1-60057-185-5
  • List price: $341.70 U.S.
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