Encyclopedia of Biography
This unique new encyclopedia contains over 10,000 alphabetically arranged biographies of people from all walks of life -- from Torquemada to ... Show synopsis This unique new encyclopedia contains over 10,000 alphabetically arranged biographies of people from all walks of life -- from Torquemada to Tarantino, Garbo to Gingrich, and Havel to Hawking. Unlike many other biographical dictionaries, this volume contains numerous biographies of those who are still living. Particular attention has been paid to the 20th century's leading figures in politics, the arts, the sciences, and technology. The international and topical coverage is supplemented by more than 2,000 quotations, both ancient and modern, by and about the people in this book. Many of the biographies of the more well-known figures are accompanied by a bibliography to guide readers to the best, most thought-provoking and enjoyable biographies and memoirs. There are also 400 illustrations. At the end of the book is a unique chronological index where every person included is listed by the years in which they lived so that contemporaries can be readily identified. An authoritative tool, readers will also find the Encyclopedia of Biography a delight to browse.