What were the most memorable milestones of 2013? Which Winter Olympic moments in years past had us at the edge of our seats? What essential information can prepare voters for November 2014 elections? The answers to these questions and more can be found in The World Almanac® and Book of Facts 2014, available in print and as an eBook for all platforms on November 26. This latest edition of America’s best-selling reference book will be your go-to source in the upcoming year, containing thousands of facts that are unavailable publicly elsewhere.
The World Almanac® and Book of Facts 2014 takes on a fresh, contemporary design this year. The new cover features a world studded with images of President Barack Obama, Justin Timberlake, Serena Williams, One World Trade Center, and other notable figures—a reflection of the year’s top people, places, and events chronicled in its pages.
As the federal government begins to offer marriage benefits to same-sex couples, The World Almanac® and Book of Facts 2014 spotlights “Marriage in America: A Changing Picture,” a brand-new special feature that provides an intriguing look at the changing demographic trends behind the institution of marriage, family structures, and social attitudes in the United States. Other new additions to look forward to include “Memorable Winter Olympic Moments”—a look at The World Almanac® editors’ favorite moments of the past Winter Olympics, preparing readers for the 2014 Games—and a “Voter Guide,” which provides readers with a simple, state-by-state source for key election dates and information. Meanwhile, popular annual sections like “Year in Sports,” “Top 10 News Topics,” “The World at a Glance,” and “Time Capsule” make their return.
“This latest edition and its new look are a testament to our commitment and ability to stay current as well as relevant each year,” said Sarah Janssen, senior editor of The World Almanac®. “Our world might be changing at an increasingly rapid rate, but readers can be confident that The World Almanac® will always be a reliable, up-to-date resource for any information they need.”
Highlights from The World Almanac® and Book of Facts 2014 include:
· Marriage in America—After a year in which the U.S. Supreme Court declared the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA) unconstitutional and the federal government began to extend marriage benefits to same-sex couples, this feature on marriage in the United States reveals surprising details about the state of our unions.
· Voter Guide—Prior to the 2014 midterm elections, tap this user-friendly, state-by-state guide for key election dates and information, including voter-ID laws adopted by many states.
· Memorable Winter Olympic Moments—From Tonya Harding and Nancy Kerrigan to the Miracle on Ice, the editors of The World Almanac® chose their favorite moments from past Winter Olympics to prepare readers for the 2014 Games and beyond.
· Year in Sports—Uncover hundreds of pages of trivia and statistics that are essential for any sports fan, including complete coverage of the 2013 World Series, the brand-new National Women’s Soccer League, and more.
· Top 10 News Topics—The editors of The World Almanac® list the top stories that held their attention in 2013.
· Time Capsule—The World Almanac® features the items that most came to symbolize the year 2013, from news and sports to pop culture.
· Offbeat News Stories—Recap some of the strangest news stories of the year with The World Almanac® editors’ selection of off-the-wall news stories you might have missed.
· The World at a Glance—This annual feature provides a quick look at the surprising stats and curious facts that define the changing world today.
· Health News and Statistics—Discover details about U.S. health care policy and the ongoing implementation of health care reform, plus factual information on common diseases and disorders (including a new section on ADHD), nutrition and diet, and Medicare and insurance.