Stay informed about today's world - its constant change, the significant events, and the memorable moments that made history. The fascinating 2012 Britannica Book of the Year helps you uncover it all. Whether it's a major social movement, such as the 'Occupy Wall Street' protests; a poignant historical milestone, like the end of the NASA space ...
Stay informed about today's world - its constant change, the significant events, and the memorable moments that made history. The fascinating 2012 Britannica Book of the Year helps you uncover it all. Whether it's a major social movement, such as the 'Occupy Wall Street' protests; a poignant historical milestone, like the end of the NASA space shuttle programme; or a storybook wedding, like that of Prince William and Catherine Middleton, you'll find it explored and illuminated in the Britannica Book of the Year. This new title offers a valuable viewpoint of the people and events that shaped the year. In addition to keeping the Encyclopadia Britannica set up-to-date, it serves as a great reference source for the latest news on the ever-changing populations, governments and economies throughout the world. Learn more about today's hot topics and major world events. The Special Reports section covers the Economy, which continues to show frustratingly slow improvement long after the last recession officially ended; Japan's Earthquake and Tsunami, a disaster that has tested the ability of even an advanced industrial nation to cope with multiple adversities; Dinosaurs in Antarctica, an exploration of recent studies within the context of historical dinosaur research, which began in earnest in 1986; the uprisings we now call the 'Arab Spring', which have overturned dictators and transformed the political landscape; and a look back at the American Civil War on its 150th anniversary by Pulitzer Prize-winning Princeton University historian James McPherson. Find farewell reports on the people who shaped the times we live in. Those who died in 2011 include some remarkable and elusive personalities, such as actress Elizabeth Taylor; television personality Andy Rooney; militant Osama bin Laden, killed by U.S. special forces almost a decade after the 9/11 attacks; James Arness, the beloved Matt Dillon of the TV programme Gunsmoke; and Muammar al-Qaddafi, the Libyan strongman deposed and killed by his own people after holding that country in a vise grip for four decades. A statistical snapshot of the world in World Data. Need to know the literacy rate in Spain? Life expectancy in China? The gross national income of Cameroon? World Data brings you statistical data - social, economic, and financial - on more than 200 countries and dependencies throughout the world. It's the kind of detailed information you won't - or can't - find anywhere else. Britannica Biographies - those who made a difference in 2011. Each year the Britannica editors profile the most fascinating and influential people across the world - people who made history, broke records, or made a difference, such as: Yingluck Shinawatra, the prime minister of Thailand and the first woman to hold that country's top political post; Gisele Bundchen, the Brazilian supermodel turned actress and goodwill ambassador for the United Nations; and Grant Achatz, the chef, restaurateur, and leader in 'molecular gastronomy' and in the culinary world in general, even after a harrowing battle with tongue cancer.
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