The International Book of Days
Stephen G. Christianson et al
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The International Book of Days

Stephen G. Christianson et al
H.W. Wilson
889 pages
December 2004
rated 4 of 5 possible stars
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This interesting historical almanac of all times and places in the traditional almanac format from January 1st to December 31st. It covers when historical people were born or died, when unusual things occurred - like the Beatles arriving in the United States, Abraham Gesner patent on kerosene, Big Benís first chime - and other interesting and odd facts.

Christianson starts the book with a table of contents of sorts giving the date and the entries for that date with the page number for quick reference. Each month has an introduction and the entries follow. Besides the historical entries, Christianson has included black-and-white maps and, in the appendices, explanations on the calendar, the era, and days of the week Ė and he provides the Charter of the United Nations, the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, and The North Atlantic Treaty. The book concludes with an index.

There are more than 1,500 articles in this book, entries 200 to 1,000 words long depending on the topic. This book is in the tradition of The American Book of Days by Christianson and published also by H. W. Wilson, a reputable publisher of reference books and other resources.

Stephen G. Christianson is a graduate of Oberlin College (1984) and received his J.D. from the Marshall-Whythe School of Law of the College of William and Mary in 1987. He is the author of How to Administer an Estate (2004), The American Book of Days (2000), now in its fourth edition, and Facts About Congress (1996).

The International Book of Days is a great reference resource for public and academic libraries. Individuals interested in trivia would also like this very readable book for themselves.

Originally published on Curled Up With A Good Book at © Br. Benet Exton, O.S.B., 2005

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