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The World Book Encyclopedia 2017

Ageless Light-Ageless Knowledge

This edition's Spinescape® is a night-sky photo taken of Lake Tahoe in the Sierra Nevada mountain range on the border between the U.S. states of California and Nevada. The scene shows dawn overtaking night and symbolizes the enlightening impact of knowledge on confusion and ignorance. With this 2017 edition, The World Book Encyclopedia marks the centenary of the publication of its first edition and celebrates 100 years of serving readers everywhere who strive to learn and to know.

Highlights include:

  • Over 1,000 new or revised articles, including:
  • In-the-news people and topics, such as politicians Hillary Clinton, Bernie Sanders, and Donald Trump; Lady Gaga; Paris terrorist attacks of 2015; Transgender; and Olympic Games
  • Historical events, such as California gold rush
  • Animals, such as snowy owl and zombie worm
  • Expert contributors, advisers, editors, and researchers ensure readability, accuracy, and currency
  • Over 25,000 photographs, maps, and illustrations
  • Extensive index and research tutorial