Laurie Katz, Director of Publicity

Now Available—The 150th Anniversary Edition of The World Almanac® and Book of Facts!

Praise for the previous editions:

"My #1 reference work for facts."—Will Shortz, The New York Times Crossword Editor

"...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

"...long considered the standard behind-the-desk reference source...still a useful addition to any library collection...easy to use...recommended for libraries of all types..."—Booklist

"...this lively book is one the trivia-minded will find hard to put down...a must-have for every reference desk, classroom, and household. If you buy only one ready-reference book this year (or if you've been chosen to appear on Jeopardy!), purchase this juggernaut with no hesitation."—Library Journal

"...a powerhouse of statistics, facts, lists, and stories...It is hard to imagine a question you might have that is not covered by this reference."—American Reference Books Annual

"...a core resource for libraries and indispensable ready reference tool and should be on the reference shelves of every school, public, and academic library...Highly Recommended."—School Library Connection

The World Almanac and Book of Facts is America's top-selling reference book of all time, containing thousands of facts that are unavailable publicly elsewhere. Published annually since 1868, this compendium of information is the authoritative source for all your entertainment, reference, and learning needs. The 150th anniversary edition celebrates its illustrious history while keeping an eye on the future in order to be the go-to source for questions on any topic in the upcoming year. Teachers can use this fascinating reference to teach both skimming and scanning techniques.

Highlights from The World Almanac and Book of Facts 2018 include:

    • 150 Years of The World Almanac: This special feature celebrating The World Almanac's historic run includes highlights from its distinguished past and some old-fashioned "facts."

    • Historical Anniversaries: The World Almanac's recurring feature expands to incorporate milestone events and cultural touchstones dating to the book's founding year.

    • The World at a Glance: This annual feature provides a quick look at the surprising stats and curious facts that define the changing world.

    • The Obama Presidency: A year after Barack Obama's second term came to a close, The World Almanac reviews the accomplishments, missteps, and legacy of the 44th president.

    • Other New Highlights: A brand-new biography of the 45th president and profile of the Trump administration; plus, statistics on health care, terrorism, immigration, and much more.

    • The Year in Review: The World Almanac takes a look back at 2017 while providing all the information you'll need in 2018.

        • 2017—Top 10 News Topics: The editors of The World Almanac list the top stories that held the world's attention in 2017.

        • 2017—Year in Sports: Hundreds of pages of trivia and statistics essential for any sports fan, featuring a preview of the upcoming 2018 Winter Olympic Games; complete coverage of the 2017 World Series; new tables of NBA, NHL, and NCAA statistics; and much more.

        • 2017—Year in Pictures: Striking full-color images from around the world in 2017, covering news, entertainment, science, and sports.

        • 2017—Offbeat News Stories: Some of the quirkiest news stories of the year.

        • 2017—Time Capsule: The World Almanac lists the items that most came to symbolize the year 2017, from news and sports to pop culture.

    • World Almanac Editors' Picks: Greatest Single-Season Performances: This feature takes a look back in sports history for athletes' best single-season runs.

    • Statistical Spotlight: This popular feature highlights statistics relevant to the biggest stories of the year, providing context and a fresh perspective on important issues.

Also available:

    • The World Almanac® and Book of Facts 2018 Kit:, Includes 1 hardcover and 20 paperback copies of The World Almanac® and Book of Facts 2018, plus The World Almanac® 2018 Trivia Game. (ISBN: 978-1-60057-215-9. List price: $363.70. Pocket chart sold separately.)

    • The World Almanac® and Book of Facts 2018 10-Pack Paperback Classroom Set (ISBN: 978-1-60057-214-2. List price: $149.90.)

    • The World Almanac® 2018 Trivia Game (ISBN: 978-1-60057-216-6. List price: $26.95. Pocket chart sold separately.)

    • Pocket Chart for the Trivia Game (Item # CD-5609. List price: $21.99.)

    • Teacher Resources (available for free at


The World Almanac® and Book of Facts 2018

December 2017. ISBN: 978-1-60057-211-1. Hardcover. List price: $36.95.

Black-and-white photographs. Three full-color inserts. Index.

Grades 6–12.

The World Almanac®, an Infobase Company.

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