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The Cambridge encyclopedia
Crystal, David, 1941-
Fourth edition.
Publication Information:
Cambridge, UK ; New York : Cambridge University Press, 2000.
Physical Description:
vi, 1336 pages : illustrations, maps (some color) ; 29 cm
General Note:
Includes index.
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Format :


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AG5 .C26 2000 Adult Non-Fiction E-Branch

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The Cambridge Encyclopedia, which now appears in a significantly expanded and updated Fourth Edition, is one of the world's leading single-volume encyclopedias. It has an unrivalled reputation for its authority and reliability, as well as for the stylishness and concise nature of its entries, and it is a presence in homes, studies, offices, classrooms and libraries the world over. The book, with A-Z entries running to about two million words and an easy-to-use Ready Reference section, has been praised for its inclusiveness and for the clarity of its information. As a compendium of general knowledge in one easily accessible volume, it provides a superb reference resource. Its range of coverage is broad (from people and places to scientific concepts, the media, philosophical ideas, and international issues) and its information is precise and accurate.

Reviews 2

Library Journal Review

First published in 1990 (LJ 9/1/90) and previously revised in 1994, this stout, single-volume general encyclopedia tips the scales at close to seven pounds. By comparison, the larger‘and superior‘Columbia Encyclopedia (LJ 9/15/93) weighs in at nearly 11 pounds. The Cambridge's new revised edition has the same structure as before, comprising about 26,000 concise A-Z entries plus a 128-page "Ready Reference" supplement that offers much information in tabular form. Approximately 600 illustrations enhance the text, including a 24-page color world atlas and 200 country flags, also in color, printed on the endpapers. The volume is admirably current, as the entries "English Channel," "Globe Theatre," and "Chechnya" attest. The editor and most of the contributors are academics from the United Kingdom; not surprisingly, the contents reflect a British emphasis, e.g., all five entries under "Butler" are Englishmen; among the missing are Americans Ben Butler (Civil War general) and Nicholas Murray Butler (educator). Recommended as an authoritative, up-to-date reference work, but the crème de la crème remains the Columbia.‘Ken Kister, author of "Best Encyclopedias," Tampa, Fla. (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

Choice Review

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Table of Contents

How to use The Cambridge Encyclopedia
Atlas section
A-Z section
Ready Reference section
Consultants and contributors