Bibliographic Details

Famous first facts / Steven Anzovin & Janet Podell.

Author / Creator Anzovin, Steven.
Edition International ed.
Imprint New York : H.W. Wilson, 2000.
Description ix, 837 p. ; 27 cm.
Language English
Subject Encyclopedias and dictionaries.
Encyclopedias and dictionaries.
Format Print, Book
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Other authors / contributors Podell, Janet.
ISBN 0824209583 (alk. paper)
Notes Includes indexes.
Review by Choice Review

Unlike its predecessors that focused primarily on US history, the latest volume in Wilson's "Facts" series selects historical events from all countries. Like its US-focused counterpart, Joseph Nathan Kane's Famous First Facts (FFF; 1st ed., 1933), this source compiles some 5,000 brief facts about discoveries, inventions, scientific and technological advancements (e.g., the cellular telephone system), and origins of ordinary objects such as chocolate and newspapers. The time period covered extends from 3.5 billion BCE to 2001 CE, the year the first building over 1,500 feet tall (World Financial Center, Shanghai) is to be completed. Using the same arrangement as the 5th edition of FFF (CH, Jul'98), this international edition arranges broad subject categories and subcategories alphabetically, with individual entries listed chronologically to show the development of a field or endeavor and numbered from 1001 (Agriculture) to 6138 (Weapons). Five indexes (subject, years, days, names, and geographical--nearly 50 percent of the book) help locate specific entries. Several entries from earlier FFFs are updated. A welcome companion to FFF, highly recommended for all levels of readers and a wide range of libraries, especially general reference collections. ; University of California, Berkeley

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