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The Random House encyclopedia
Mitchell, James, 1939-
New revised edition.
Publication Information:
New York : Random House, [1990]

Physical Description:
2781 pages : illustrations\. (some color) ; 29 cm
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Central Library AG5 .R25 1990 Adult Non-Fiction Non-Fiction Area-Index Table

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Reviews 2

Library Journal Review

Except for a fair amount of updating and additional biographies, this third edition of the well-known Random House Encyclopedia remains the same as the 1983 second edition ( LJ 4/1/84). Changes are heaviest in articles on politically volatile areas such as the Middle East and Eastern Europe. Most of the revision is in the ``Alphapedia'' section (short alphabetically arranged entries) in the various country articles. There are three new ``Colorpedia'' (two-page topically arranged articles) entries: on the Middle East, Australia and New Zealand, and Canada. First published in 1977, the one-volume encyclopedia contains some three million words augmented by 13,500 illustrations, most in color. Its contemporary spirit and innovative use of visuals set the book apart from competing works, such as the new Cambridge Encyclopedia ( LJ 9/1/90) and the older New Columbia Encyclopedia ( LJ 7/75; it is currently being revised). However, its basic organization--``Colorpedia'' and ``Alphapedia''--makes the encyclopedia difficult to use for quick reference. Better for home than library.--Kenneth F. Kister, Tampa, Fla. (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

Choice Review

The review for these titles will appear for the present only in the printed version of CHOICE. -J. E. Sheets, Baylor University

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