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Worldmark encyclopedia of the nations
Gall, Susan B.
Eleventh edition.
Publication Information:
Detroit : Gale Group, [2004]

Physical Description:
6 volumes : illustrations (some color), maps (some color) ; 29 cm
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[Vol. 6] edited by Susan Bevan Gall and Timothy L. Gall.
v. 1. United Nations -- v. 2. Africa -- v. 3. Americas -- v. 4. Asia & Oceania -- v. 5. Europe -- v. 6. World leaders, 2003.
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G103 .W65 2004 V.6 Adult Non-Fiction Central Closed Stacks-Oversize Non-Circ

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Presents easy-to-understand information on 200 countries and dependencies from around the world. Entries range from four to 30 pages in length and discuss in detail a variety of topics--from banking and securities to climate, from government data to demographic statistics. A new 6th volume provides biographical essays on national leaders.

Reviews 3

Booklist Review

The first edition of this standard title contained 119 articles in one volume. The new edition has entries for 194 countries (including East Timor) and six dependencies. Volume six provides profiles of 193 world leaders.--Mary Ellen Quinn

Library Journal Review

A companion to Worldmark Yearbook 2000, this tenth edition offers four volumes on the continents plus one on the United Nations and a new volume on world leaders. Each continent volume contains alphabetically arranged chaptersDranging from ten to 30 pagesDdescribing about 200 countries and dependencies. Each chapter contains a wide variety of information on 50 topics, including population, topography, history, government, media, and a bibliography. Especially noteworthy: some of these sections provide information not available in other geographical encyclopedias (e.g., judicial system, local government, and libraries and museums). Compiled mostly by academics, the succinctly written articles contain much current information, some of it dating from as recently as August 2000. The volume on leaders is especially useful, providing hard-to-find biographical information on lesser-known heads of state. These profiles, mostly written or updated in 2000, have been culled from a variety of print and web sources. The volume on the United Nations is a superb ready reference, describing the history and structure of U.N. agencies and including useful comparative statistical tables. A very minor quibble: the country volumes do not contain signed entries. Still, this set is an outstanding source providing reliable, comprehensive, and easily accessible information for frequently asked reference questions. The price may be steep for smaller libraries, but this is highly recommended for larger public and academic collections.DDonald Altschiller, Boston Univ. Libs. (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

Choice Review

The tenth edition of this standard work describes in detail the UN, countries of the world, and their leaders. Volume 1 covers the structure, history, and purposes of the UN, including detailed analyses of its committees, offices, and issues. Appendixes provide world tables of statistics on demography, agriculture, income, education, current accounts, government revenue and expenditures, and electronic media indicators. Volumes 2-5, reflecting the changing face of the world, are arranged by geographical area. One new country profile, East Timor, has been added. Profiles use 50 categories to describe the history, economy, politics, and social progress for each of 194 countries. Volume 6, "World Leaders," new with this edition, provides a biographical profile for the person who heads each nation's government. Arranged alphabetically, country profiles include brief descriptions of the country, the political and personal background of the leader, leadership, and foreign and domestic policies. All profiles, country and biographical, cite references and Web sites. Although this encyclopedia is factual, up-to-date, and useful, the "World Leaders" volume will become dated quickly, since leadership changes rapidly. General readers; upper-division and graduate students. K. F. Muther; emeritus, California State University, Sacramento