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1. The Old Farmer's Almanac 2011
2. The World Almanac and Book of
3. Stock Trader's Almanac 2011 (Almanac
4. World Almanac and Book of Facts
5. The American Patriot's Almanac:
6. Commodity Trader's Almanac 2011:
7. National Geographic Kids Almanac
8. The World Almanac for Kids 2011
9. A Sand County Almanac (Outdoor
10. The Inheritance Almanac
11. Elizabeth Zimmermann's Knitter's
12. Llewellyn's 2011 Magical Almanac:
13. Time Almanac 2011
14. Elizabeth Zimmermann's Knitter's
15. The Old Farmer's Almanac 2010
16. The Witches Almanac: Spring 2010-Spring
17. Llewellyn's 2011 Witches' Companion:
18. Llewellyn's Sabbats Almanac: Samhain
19. Nutrition Almanac
20. The Almanac of American Politics

1. The Old Farmer's Almanac 2011
by Old Farmer's Almanac
Paperback: 288 Pages (2010-09-15)
list price: US$6.95 -- used & new: US$3.38
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Asin: 1571985166
Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars
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America’s best-selling annual publication is also the most beloved: Its name makes people smile and its contents tickle funny bones. A reference book that reads like a magazine, the Almanac is packed with facts, features, and fun that make every day special.
The 2011 edition, which marks the publication’s 219th anniversary, will feature . . .

•weather predictions for every day and climatic trends for each season, plus the science behind weather folklore
• the most accurate astronomical data under the sun, with best-viewing recommendations for every month
• gardening advice for growing vegetables and flowers, not to mention worthwhile weeds
• easy, mouthwatering recipes for Dutch ovens
• amusing and enlightening articles on topics such as cures for a headache, quirky measurements, and heirloom animals
• ideas, hints, and charts that provide simple solutions and shortcuts for everyday challenges
• and much, much more!
Added value this year . . .
• 80 full-color pages
• full-color national weather maps of winter and summer forecasts
• national, in-person TV, radio, and print publicity campaign, beginning in September 2010
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5-0 out of 5 stars The Old Farmer's Almanac 2011
I have always enjoyed this publication.It has lots of little quips and sayings as well as good advice and answers to questions you might not think to ask.Lots of weather realated things and I love to see if the forecasts for the NE are correct.Living in Vermont that can always be a challange!Thanks

3-0 out of 5 stars how could I know
I ordered both 2010 and 2011 almanacs because I kept hearing how "the farmer's almanac is predicting..."
When ordering, there is nothing to indicate (that I saw) that I would need to purchase individual pages online to get the information for my area in the Northwest.
The books are made for Boston specifically and New England.

5-0 out of 5 stars Great product
I always get the Almanac every year. This made it great pre ordering it. I didn't have to wait and get it at the store.

4-0 out of 5 stars Weather Forecasts, Astronomical Information, and More
The Old Farmer's Almanac has been published since the late eighteenth century, and the 2011 edition has all of the standard information that longtime readers have come to expect.The book contains information on astronomy, including sunrise and sunset times, dates of eclipses, and tips on when to view the planets in our solar system that can be viewed with the naked eye.Miscellaneous factoids are listed in the "This Year at a Glance" section.Weather forecasts for all sections of the U.S. for November 2010 through October 2011 are issued, and there are also gardening tips and recipes.Long-range weather forecasts are not always reliable, but the publishers claim that their forecasts have an accuracy rate of 80 percent.The Old Farmer's Almanac is a long-standing American institution and always contains some interesting browsing material.

5-0 out of 5 stars Lots of information, Low price
Published since 1792, one of the oldest periodicals in the country is still available. I like to keep two of these on hand, this year's and the edition for next.As always, great information and entertainment.The usual holiday and observance times, astronomy guide, monthly breakdowns, a very interesting article on scything, a table of measure conversions, and more.

For an amateur skywatcher, you can't beat the Old Farmer's Almanac for telling you when and where to expect interesting sights, well in advance so you can plan your viewing.If you are a professional astronomer, you should by all means use a dedicated astronomical almanac.For my level, this sort of information is all I need and far cheaper.Yes, it has a lot of ads, but that's the tradeoff for selling this amount of data for less than seven bucks.

For example, I know from my 2010 edition that there will be a full eclipse of the moon December 21st starting at 12:28 a.m. and becoming total at 2:40 a.m.My 2011 edition says the weather at that time should be sunny and warm.Is this weather information accurate?We'll find out!That's half the fun of this book. ... Read more

2. The World Almanac and Book of Facts 2011
by World Almanac
Paperback: 1008 Pages (2010-11-22)
list price: US$12.99 -- used & new: US$9.35
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Asin: 1600571344
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The World Almanac® and Book of Facts is America s top-selling reference book of all time, with more than 80 million copies sold. Published annually since 1868, this compendium of information is the authoritative source for all your entertainment, reference, and learning needs. Praised as a treasure trove of political, economic, scientific and educational statistics and information by the Wall Street Journal, The World Almanac® contains thousands of facts that are unavailable publicly elsewhere in fact, it has been featured as a category on Jeopardy! and is routinely used as a go-to, all-encompassing guide for aspiring game show contestants. The 2011 edition of The World Almanac® and Book of Facts will answer all of your trivia questions from history and sports to geography, pop culture, and much more.

Key Features:

  • 2010 Time Capsule

  • 2010 Olympic Games

  • 2010 Midterm Election Results

  • U.S. Colleges and Universities

  • Population Statistics for Cities over 10,000 People

  • The World at a Glance

  • Offbeat News Stories

  • World Series Results

  • Year in Pictures.

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3. Stock Trader's Almanac 2011 (Almanac Investor Series)
by Jeffrey A. Hirsch
Hardcover-spiral: 196 Pages (2010-10-05)
list price: US$39.95 -- used & new: US$21.94
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Asin: 0470557443
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A time-tested guide to stock trading

Published every year since 1968, the Stock Trader's Almanac is a practical investment tool with a wealth of information organized in calendar format. Everyone from well-known money managers to savvy traders and investors relies upon this annual resource for its in-depth analyses and insights. The Stock Trader's Almanac 2011 contains essential historical price information on the stock market, provides monthly and daily reminders, and highlights seasonal trading opportunities and dangers.

  • Alerts you to little-known market patterns and tendencies to help forecast market trends with accuracy and confidence
  • An indispensable annual resource, trusted for over 40 years by traders and investors
  • The data in the Almanac is some of the cleanest in the business

For its wealth of information and the authority of its sources, the Stock Trader's Almanac stands alone as the guide to intelligent investing. ... Read more

4. World Almanac and Book of Facts 2010
by World Almanac
Hardcover: 1008 Pages (2009-11-30)
list price: US$34.95 -- used & new: US$14.95
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Asin: 1600571263
Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars
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Get answers to virtually any question with this impressive compendium of information.

The World Almanac and Book of Facts is America's top-selling reference book of all time, with more than 80 million copies sold. Published annually since 1868, this compendium of information is the source for all your entertainment, reference, and learning needs. Labeled a "treasure trove of political, economic, scientific and educational statistics and information" by the Wall Street Journal, the almanac contains thousands of facts that are unavailable publicly elsewhere, making it a must-have for students, teachers, and anyone with a thirst for knowledge-in fact, it has been featured as a category on Jeopardy and is routinely used as a go-to general study guide for aspiring game show contestants. Coming soon in a 2010 edition and boasting full-color and black-and-white photographs, The World Almanac and Book of Facts will answer all your trivia questions-spanning a wide range of categories, including history, sports, geography, pop culture, and much more.

Notable features include:

2009 Time Capsule
The Bush Legacy
Swine Flu Coverage
Decade in Review
U.S. Colleges and Universities
Population Statistics for Cities over 10,000 People
The World at a Glance
Offbeat News Stories
World Series Results
Year in Pictures. ... Read more

Customer Reviews (35)

1-0 out of 5 stars Poor Kindel Addition
I bought the Kindle addition thinking that it would be an excellent version to have handy.I've bought the World Almanac for years and know it's a great quick source.

The Kindle addition has no active index.In fact, the index is read only and useless.Also, the charts are not scanned at a high enough resolution to be easily readable.They are pretty much useless too.Suggest you avoid the 2010 Kindle edition.Maybe for the 2011 edition they will spend a little more time and make it as useful as the paper version.

5-0 out of 5 stars It's all here!
... a complete reference book. It doesn't have analysis, but has facts. Early times to current times, science to sport, government, economics, all the arts and much, much more, the statistics are here. Have a question? This book probably has the answer.I buy the newest edition every three or four years and give my older one away, making someone else happy too.

4-0 out of 5 stars excellent source of information
The information contained in the World Almanac is always very useful and interesting.I particularly enjoy the sections on population, climate, and geography.

5-0 out of 5 stars The best World Almanac
I believe that this book is my best work's tool I have ever had. As a journalist I can find any information I need in The World Almanac and Book of Fact. And any news is complete ad exhaustive. I buy it every year and can't stay without it.

2-0 out of 5 stars Kindle Edition review
I am reviewing the Kindle edition.I should have looked at the reviews more carefully before I purchased and realized that there were almost no Kindle reviews.I thought that as I was looking in the Kindle section the reviews were all for the Kindle edition.Not the case- they are all lumped together - Hardback edition, paperback edition and Kindle edition.

The Kindle edition has several large problems compared with the print editions.First of all, for some reason, there are large omissions from the print editions.I have no idea why since size should not be a factor when creating the electronic version.You actually are getting a greater volume of information when you buy the paperback.

Secondly, all the charts and graphs are scanned in somehow and are difficult to read.If the resolution of the scan was better, it might help.However, most of these tables could be made electronically just like the text.After all, that is how they are originally made before they are published in print form.Now I grant you that it must be more difficult to publish an almanac electronically compared with, say, a John Grisham novel (which is just one really large text file), but this is what the electonic medium should be about.

Also, the full index is not present in electronic form - just the table of contents.This makes it very difficult to find particular information you want to look up.Say you want to know the state flower of Indiana.The best you can do is find that USA section in the table of contents and then turn pages - one by one - till you find Indiana and then read.You could find it in the paperback in 10 seconds - it would take minutes on the Kindle.There is no reason they could not have a detailed index at the back.

Hopefully, this will get better as electronic book publishing improves over time.I have always thought it would be great to have an almanac on a device like the Kindle or Ipad to have all this info at your fingertips, but it will have to be in a much improved published format to be really useful. ... Read more

5. The American Patriot's Almanac: Daily Readings on America
by Dr. William J. Bennett, John T.E. Cribb
Hardcover: 592 Pages (2010-09-28)
list price: US$32.99 -- used & new: US$19.70
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Asin: 159555260X
Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars
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365 reasons to love America!

The fife and drum of history mark the time of each passing day. And within their cadence, personalities, conflicts, discoveries, ideas, and nations peal and fade. American history is no different. From the starving time of Jamestown during the Winter of 1609, through the bloody argument of the Civil War, and to today, the United States is a tale best told one day at a time.

Best-selling author and educator Dr. William J. Bennett is a master of the story that is the United States. And in The American Patriot's Almanac, Bennett distills the American drama into three hundred sixty-five entries-one for each day of the year. Fascinating in its detail and singular in its grasp of the big themes, Bennett's Almanac will make anyone a fan of history, assembling even some of the most obscure details. Even better, it will make of everyone a patriot.

This revised edition includes:

  • A new Preface and updated facts and figures
  • Updates to the American History Parade lists and daily readings
  • New special  sections on "Faith and the Founders;" "State Facts and Symbols," with fascinating trivia; and "Fifty American Quotes," containing great quotes about the American spirit.
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5-0 out of 5 stars The American Patriot's Almanac
The American Patriot's Almanac by William J. Bennett is a wonderful slice of history presented in a very unique way, almost in a "devotional" style. An excerpt of reading and learning every day. As my friend was looking it over, she mused that this would be a great book to read with children, to give them a greater appreciation of history and to spark discussions and I agree!

The book is well written, with a plethora of facts and interesting, colorful personalities. There are plenty of quotes and great sayings. Since it is organized in little daily doses of reading and the dates correspond to a date in history (like a famous event or birthday) it seems at time to be a little disjointed, at times I wanted to know more information, but that is not what this book is for. It is inspiring and enjoyable to learn more about history, and most of what I read was new to me, or at least with a few newly discovered facts. I thoroughly enjoyed this book and can't wait to share it with my kids. This book is packed with information and is a delight to read.

DISCLOSURE OF MATERIAL CONNECTION: I received this book free from Thomas Nelson Publishing. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission's 16 CFR, Part 255

5-0 out of 5 stars The American Patriot's Almanac
A quick daily read giving events of historical significance for the date.Informative and interesting.

4-0 out of 5 stars Review of The American Patriot's Almanac
Do you like history? In William J. Bennett and John T.E. Cribb's book The American Patriot's Almanac, history fills the entire year. On each page you will find a new "on this day in history." Every day has a story relevant to the date, along with other notable facts. For example, April 13th is the day Thomas Jefferson was born. After a story about Jefferson, quoting Franklin D. Roosevelt's dedication of the Jefferson Memorial in Washington., D.C., the authors list four other facts that make the 13th of April unique. Three hundred sixty-five days and over two hundred years of history are packed into the pages of this book.Then, at the end of each month, the authors provide bonus material, like facts about various flags, the Declaration of Independence, and the Constitution.

Though not light reading, as a novel could be, the Almanac does not cram too much information onto each page. Taken one entry at a time, this book is an excellent resource in the home, school, or any place where you want to learn more about the history of America. The Almanac is an historical resource, not only for those who love history, but for anyone who wants to learn more about America. I highly recommend it as a great source of inspiration and information.

4-0 out of 5 stars Interesting -Not captivating
As titled, it is an almanac, not a story. Facts are chronologically gathered to show each day in U.S. history. Fine for occasional gems, but my interest flagged very quickly

5-0 out of 5 stars Almanac
Got this as a Christmas gift for my grand nephew.Can't WAIT to give it to him so he can start 2011 off with this book.His dad is also excited because he wants to teach his sons real American history, not the politically correct, secular humanist stuff taught in government schools.Bill Bennett--you rock! ... Read more

6. Commodity Trader's Almanac 2011: For Active Traders of Futures, Forex, Stocks & ETFs (Almanac Investor Series)
by Jeffrey A. Hirsch, John L. Person
Hardcover: 198 Pages (2010-10-26)
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Asin: 0470557451
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An indispensable resource for today's commodity and currency trader

The 2011 Edition of the Commodity Trader's Almanac, is an essential tool for professional traders, and can help you understand the complex and exciting world of commodities and foreign currencies.

Created in a similar fashion to the Stock Trader's Almanac-which has been trusted for over 40 years by traders and investors-the Commodity Trader's Almanac is a comprehensive guide featuring monthly strategies, patterns, trends, and trading techniques geared towards active investors of the major commodities and currencies, as well as ETFs, futures, and options.

  • Helps you understand how commodity pricing works and offers great insight into investing in them
  • Alerts you to little-known market patterns and tendencies to help forecast commodity market trends with accuracy and confidence
  • Contains market highlights that cover key supply, demand, and seasonal tendencies on markets including crude oil, ethanol, and precious metals; critical agricultural products such as corn, wheat, and cattle; and foreign currencies

Intended for active traders and investors interested in making the most out of today's commodity, ETF, futures, options, and currencies resources, this guide will help you make more informed decisions as you look for greater profits in this arena.

... Read more

7. National Geographic Kids Almanac 2011
by National Geographic
Paperback: 352 Pages (2010-05-25)
list price: US$13.99 -- used & new: US$8.43
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Asin: 142630630X
Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars
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Dare to explore! The National Geographic Kids Almanac 2011 brings young readers the very latest updates on living on, and caring for, planet Earth. The Almanac’s cool photos, lively illustrations and easy-to-read format encourages readers to absorb countless incredible facts and spend hours browsing hot topics, such as fun ways to convince your family to go green.

In true National Geographic Kids magazine style, this is a book to excite kids about their planet: its fun-filled pages are packed with everything from how to decode your dreams to the excitement of underwater pumpkin carving to the fascinating powers of the human brain. Geography, history, science, and adventure—it’s all here to explore in one single volume. This is the reference book that gives young minds MORE...

More than 15 homework-helper sections More than 50 puzzles, projects, and really cool experiments More than 500 pictures of our planet and all that’s on it More than 5,000 fun and amazing facts

The opening section introduces timely information for 2011and unique National Geographic content. The rest of the Almanac is filled with fun facts and helpful references on subjects from countries worldwide to Presidents stateside, from the wisdom of convention to cool new inventions. ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars Very Interesting - Holds A kid's attention
We took the kids on a two-week long road trip across the country. My eldest daughter brought this almanac along to keep her mind occupied. We did not make it through the first day of the trip without having to stop at a bookstore to purchase a second copy for our younger son. Both of them took turns reading aloud and sharing different facts. It made for a very special trip. We are not familiar with the author Curtis Malarkey, but if we knew of other book he has written we would be certain to get copies ... multiple copies.

5-0 out of 5 stars My son loves it!
Bought this book for my 9 year old son when we had a 12 hour car ride ahead of us.It kept him occupied and he found it very interesting.He kept sharing facts and pictures with his little brother and I.

5-0 out of 5 stars My son loves these
These are the best! My 8 year old son loves the almanacs! There are so many times that we are going somewhere and he starts telling me some random fact and I ask where he gets it and it's always "my almanacs!" ... Read more

8. The World Almanac for Kids 2011
by World Almanac
Hardcover: 352 Pages (2010-08-18)
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Asin: 1600571352
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The World Almanac® for Kids is the best-selling reference book for kids, with more than 3.5 million copies sold. Filled with thousands of fun, fascinating facts and essential homework help on a wide range of subjects, this full-color almanac has been completely updated and is packed with puzzles, games, activities, maps, Web sites, and much more to get young readers excited about learning. The World Almanac® for Kids 2011 is arranged by subject, providing timely and timeless information on popular subjects such as animals, science, sports, music, U.S. history, and more. This user-friendly book is an ideal homework aid and a joy to read for kids and adults alike. Readers will find out what s hot for 2011 with photographs and facts about their favorite sports and entertainment superstars.

Key Features:

  • Faces and Places

  • Animals

  • Environment

  • Games

  • Homework Help

  • Movies and TV

  • Music and Dance

  • Nations of the World

  • Space

  • Sports

  • and much more.

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9. A Sand County Almanac (Outdoor Essays & Reflections)
by Aldo Leopold
Hardcover: 194 Pages (2001-11-15)
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Asin: 0195146174
Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars
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Aldo Leopold's "A Sand County Almanac" has enthralledgenerations of nature lovers and conservationists and is indeedrevered by everyone seriously interested in protecting the naturalworld. Hailed for prose that is "full of beauty and vigor and bite"(The New York Times), it is perhaps the finest example of naturewriting since Thoreau's Walden.

Now this classic work is available in a completely redesigned andlavishly illustrated gift edition, featuring over one hundredbeautiful full-color pictures by Michael Sewell, one of the country'sleading nature photographers.Sewell, whose work has graced the pagesof Audubon and Sierra magazines, walked Leopold's property inWisconsin and shot these photographs specifically for this edition,allowing readers to see Sand County as Leopold saw it. The resultinglayout is spectacular. But the heart of the book remains Leopold'scarefully rendered observations of nature. Here we follow Leopoldthroughout the year, from January to December, as he walks about therural Wisconsin landscape, watching a woodcock dance skyward in goldenafternoon light, or spying a rough-legged hawk dropping like afeathered bomb on its prey. And perhaps most important are Leopold'strenchant comments throughout the book on our abuse of the land and onwhat we must do to preserve this invaluable treasure. This editionalso includes two of Leopold's most eloquent essays on conservation,"The Land Ethic" and "Marshland Elegy."

With this gift edition of A Sand County Almanac, a new generation ofreaders can walk beside one of America's most respected naturalists ashe conveys the beauty of a marsh before sunrise or the wealth ofhistory to be found in an ancient oak.Amazon.com Review
Published in 1949, shortly after the author's death, A Sand County Almanac is a classic of nature writing, widely cited as one of the most influential nature books ever published. Writing from the vantage of his summer shack along the banks of the Wisconsin River, Leopold mixes essay, polemic, and memoir in his book's pages. In one famous episode, he writes of killing a female wolf early in his career as a forest ranger, coming upon his victim just as she was dying, "in time to watch a fierce green fire dying in her eyes.... I was young then, and full of trigger-itch; I thought that because fewer wolves meant more deer, no wolves would mean hunters' paradise. But after seeing the green fire die, I sensed that neither the wolf nor the mountain agreed with such a view." Leopold's road-to-Damascus change of view would find its fruit some years later in his so-called land ethic, in which he held that nothing that disturbs the balance of nature is right. Much of Almanac elaborates on this basic premise, as well as on Leopold's view that it is something of a human duty to preserve as much wild land as possible, as a kind of bank for the biological future of all species. Beautifully written, quiet, and elegant, Leopold's book deserves continued study and discussion today. --Gregory McNamee ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars Inspiring
I had read a smaller paperback version of this before, and bought this version as a gift.The photography is a truly beautiful addition, and in keeping with the spirit of the writing.Each word is carefully chosen, and the style is simple, poetic, and quietly powerful.This is a very special and unique book, one to be savored.

4-0 out of 5 stars Great Book
A classic book with a coffee table appearance. A little large considering how thin a book it is though.

5-0 out of 5 stars An early deep ecologist
"A Sand County Almanac" by Aldo Leopold was first published in 1949. I have the Oxford University Press paperback edition (the one with the honkers at the cover). As far as I understand, this edition contains all of the original work. Other editions leave out parts of sections II and III. The OUP edition is beautifully illustrated by Charles W. Schwartz.

Although less known than Carson's "Silent Spring", Leopold's "A Sand County Almanac" is considered a classic by the conservationist and environmentalist movements. Leopold was a leading conservationist himself and a co-founder of the Wilderness Society, an organization devoted to the expansion and protection of wilderness areas. Deep ecologists consider "A Sound County Almanac" a precursor to their own philosophy, because of Leopold's attempt to formulate a "land ethic" which takes into consideration the entire "biotic community", not just humans. Said Leopold: "A thing is right when it tends to preserve the integrity, stability, and beauty of the biotic community. It is wrong when it tends otherwise."

Most of the almanac consist of short descriptions and reflections on wildlife, most of them based on observations around Leopold's backwoods farm in Wisconsin. He seems to have deliberately obtained a small and run down piece of property. Occasionally, the area was so flooded that Leopold couldn't make it to his job (he was professor at the university of Wisconsin-Madison).

Often, Leopold's sketches simply deal with the beauties of trees, flowering plants and animals (such as honkers). The author also writes about his hunting trips - in contrast to animal rights activists, Leopold was no vegan. However, he seems to have given up killing large mammal predators, preferring instead to hunt birds strictly for food. Still, this part of the book will definitely be objectionable to animal liberationists, as when Leopold glowingly retells a childhood memory of his first (and succesful) duck hunt.

At other times, Leopold's descriptions of nature and wildlife have a more political or philosophical tinge. A recurrent theme is the interdependence of living organisms, as when Leopold muses that his refusal to deal with various forms of tree sickness around his farm has made the environment more diverse. A nostalgic encounter with a Silphium plant becomes an opportunity to bemoan the disappearence of the original praire landscape. The author admits to like aspens, tamaracks and cottonwood, three species of trees heartily hated by his neighbours, not to mention foresters. The message is clear: the trees are good in themselves, they are aesthetically pleasing and make the environment more diverse and interesting. That they are economically unviable or a nuisance to humans should be irrelevant. Leopold's panegyric to the extinct passanger pigeon is my favourite piece. The fact that humans can mourn the loss of the pigeon, while the pigeon cannot mourn the loss of humans, is to Leopold what really makes us higher than the brutes.

In the third section of the book, called "The Upshot", Leopold presents his philosophical views. He wants to extend ethics to all of creation: animals, plants and the land itself. He attacks the massive tourism in wildnerness areas, and in general opposes human encroachments on wild nature. He doesn't idealize farmers as somehow being closer to the land. Quite the contrary: there are plenty of sharp attacks on farmers in this book, farmers who farm for profit only, and take conservationist measures only if given handouts from the public treasury. It seems that Leopold is calling for more government regulation. National parks should be made much larger by buying out farms or compensating the farmers for livestock lost to predation. Obviously, this can only be done by state or federal authorities.

"A Sand County Almanac" criticizes the utilitarian and economic ethos of modern civilization, where animals and plants are saved only to the extent they are believed to be useful to humans. The author believes that only about 5% of the species of "higher" animals and plants found in Wisconsin have economic value for humans. Yet, all species have the right to exist, since the stability of the environment or "biotic community" as a whole depends on it. (Presumably, this principle also applies to environments that aren't economically useful to humans.) I get the impression that Leopold was somewhat pessimistic about the prospects of saving nature from the encroachments of modern civilization. The siuation has hardly improved since his death in 1948.

Despite its descriptions of animals and plants, "A Sand County Almanac" isn't a natural history. Nor is it a stringent philosophical work. The chapter on the land ethic isn't argued at great length. "A Sand County Almanac" is rather a series of short meditations on nature, wildlife and the human predicament. If you like it or not probably depends on your mood or personal attitude.

People who feel nothing when walking in a park or visiting a duckpond won't like the "real" nature sketches in this book. Those who admire the steelworks of Hank Rearden or railways of Dagny Taggart will probably need some artificial substance to get through the almanac. As already noted, animal rights activists will (ironically) be horrified by the author shooting grouse, partridges and ducks. Even more ironically, the almanac might struck avid hunters and outdoorsmen as too boring. Most of the time, Leopold doesn't stray far from his small farmstead and the beloved tamaracks. He is no Bernd Heinrich, hot on the trail of wolves in Yellowstone and fascinated by their blood-curling hunts. Nor is he ready to throw geese to caged, hungry ravens just to see some action!

"A Sand County Almanac" is a a book for those who like solitude, peace and quiet, and don't necessarily identify wilderness with Alaska or the Rockies. A bit of nostalgia about what has been lost will also help you grasp the deep ecology of Aldo Leopold.

5-0 out of 5 stars A classic
This book launched a new strain of environmental ethics.It's very well written and insightful.

5-0 out of 5 stars The simgle most important book on man and nature.
A Sand County Almanac takes the spirit of Thoreau's Walden and translates into modern, pragmatic language. Leopold's "Land Ethic" is the basic principle on which all responsible conservation action should take place. The "Ecological Conscience" which forms from affinity with the land is a key to human health, as well as ecological harmony. If you want to read one book about what living in harmony with nature is, this is it. ... Read more

10. The Inheritance Almanac
by Michael Macauley
Paperback: 224 Pages (2010-10-26)
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Christopher Paolini's world of Alagaësia is a magical land, full of mysterious people, objects, and places-one that has captivated millions of fans across the globe. Now, with the Inheritance Fan Book, those fans have a resource in the form of an A-to-Z almanac, where they can find everything they ever wanted to know about this fascinating world.  From Arya to Zar'roc, this is an exhaustive encyclopedia about the land of the Inheritance cycle that also offers little-known facts gleaned from dozens of interviews with Christopher Paolini.
Did you know . . .
-that Helgrind, the den of the Raz'ac, is based on a real rock formation?
-that Saphira's blue-tinted vision was inspired by Paolini's own color blindness?
-that the Broddrings are the original humans who traveled to Alagaësia with King Palancar?
A must-have book for every Inheritance fan! ... Read more

11. Elizabeth Zimmermann's Knitter's Almanac
by Elizabeth Zimmermann
Paperback: 160 Pages (1981-10-01)
list price: US$7.95 -- used & new: US$4.11
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Asin: 0486241785
Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars
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A year’s worth of knitting projects from the "Busy Knitter," called "one of America’s most ingenious and creative knitters." Classic patterns for Aran sweaters, baby items, blankets, mittens, moccasins and other seasonal needs may be followed by intermediate to advanced knitters, or may be adapted into original works. Charming, delightful informal and opinionated, very instructive. 35 illustrations.
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5-0 out of 5 stars Classic knitting book
Interesting stories with valuable tips and observations on knitting.Great for all types of knitters.

5-0 out of 5 stars One of my favorite books
This is one of my favorite knitting books. The first copy I bought, because it had refootable socks in it. I hadnt knitted much of anything but socks at that point. I got intrigued by the pi shawl and knit one, which actually ended up an afghan. EZ knitted the way my grandmother did, a few measurments then went at it and made us all sweaters that fit. It was the first EZ book I read, I then bought a couple more of her books, and found them usefull. Knitting without Tears taught me a lot as I ws learning to knit something other than socks. I let someone else borrow my Knitters Almanac, never got it back, and just reordered it because I miss it. Its small enough to go in my purse, and I enjoy re reading it. I recomend this book to anyone who likes to knit and has an open mind about not following patterns exactly.The patterns in the book work well, and she encourages experamentation.

5-0 out of 5 stars entertaining and informative
This is a lovely read and has lots of interesting patterns. A quirky perspective shines from the text.

5-0 out of 5 stars This is great!
Elizabeth Zimmerman's recipes for her knitting are a little vague, but that is so you can make them the way you want them, not the way you think she meant the pattern to be. Typical EZ. Great techniques, great projects, just great!

5-0 out of 5 stars Any-book service is AWFUL !!!!
The book is great any-book service was HORRENDOUS . I purchased on May 6 and just received it today June 8. They provided NO TRACKING info on the first attempt and then reshipped and SWEVERAL back and forth emails. Would definitely not use them ever again!!!! ... Read more

12. Llewellyn's 2011 Magical Almanac: Practical Magic for Everyday Living (Annuals - Magical Almanac)
by Llewellyn
Paperback: 360 Pages (2010-07-08)
list price: US$10.99 -- used & new: US$6.21
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Asin: 0738711322
Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars
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Filled with practical spells, rituals, and ideas for invoking the power of the elements, Llewellyn's 2011 Magical Almanac has been inspiring all levels of magical practitioners for over twenty years. With this collection of magical wisdom at hand, you can enhance every day of your life and deepen your craft with nature's empowering energies.

Get organized and keep track of important dates with a calendar section-now shaded for easier "flip to" reference-featuring world festivals and holidays, 2011 sabbats for both Northern and Southern hemispheres, and Full Moons. You'll also find the Moon's sign and phase, plus each day's color and incense to help you maximize the power of your magical work. This edition also includes enlightening articles, organized by element, on everything from keeping nature journals to ritual fire dancing.

 Achieve your goals with voice magic

Interpret bird omens for wise counsel

Express gratitude with a blessing bowl

Connect with Irish faeries for protection, health, & healing


Published annually for over twenty years




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4-0 out of 5 stars Magical Almanac 2011 good book.
I buy these almanacs every year since 1999 the grey calendar pages are a bit drab depressing I tend to read my almanacs when the cold seasons start and the grey pages in he middle of the book well that is one star less.
A variety of info always in the almanacs something to gain ideas insight a good read.

5-0 out of 5 stars Llewellyn's Magical Almanac 2011
I pre-order this book every year.The knowledge contained in here is amazing - Love it! ... Read more

13. Time Almanac 2011
by Editors of TIME Magazine Powered by Encyclopaedia Britannica
Paperback: 864 Pages (2010-11-02)
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Asin: 1603201653
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From global trends to national events...outer space to cyberspace...the past to the present...the "Time Almanac 2011" contains all the comprehensive up-to-the-minute facts, statistics, dates, and information you'll ever need or want. Highlights include global and country statistics, astronomy and space, calendar and holidays, health and nutrition, sports results, business, economy, personal finance, the Internet, a web-site guide, and so much more! Turn to the "Time Almanac 2011" - powered by "Encyclopaedia Britannica" - for more than one million answers. ... Read more

14. Elizabeth Zimmermann's Knitter's Almanac: The Commemorative Edition
by Elizabeth Zimmermann
Hardcover: 176 Pages (2010-09-16)
list price: US$24.95 -- used & new: US$13.85
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Asin: 0486479129
Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars
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This expanded hardcover edition of a perennial bestseller presents 23 patterns from one of America's most creative knitters. Classic projects for Aran sweaters, mittens, moccasins, and other items can be followed by intermediate to advanced knitters or adapted into original works. New features include color photos of the finished patterns, sizing charts, and more.
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5-0 out of 5 stars Updated Knitter's Almanac
Its great to see this knitting classic updated in a larger hardback version, with larger print, color pictures, and some things re-knit in todays yarns.EZ fans everywhere will want to have this new version!The Almanac features lovely things to knit for each month of the year with accompanying story and instructions from Elizabeth.It feels like sitting around and knitting with your beloved grandmother.

Stephanie Pearl-McPhee writes the new introduction and EZ's daughter adds some relevant clarifications here and there.Otherwise, its the same EZ instructions we've come to know and love, the long written out version and the "pithy" version.The charts are still hand-drawn, I'm surprised they didn't update those too.

3-0 out of 5 stars Not one of my favorites
EZ as she's called was a wonderful knitter who wrote books for people who didn't want to have everything in a pattern written out. She preferred to give an outline of what the pattern would end up as and a mathematical way of doing shawls and other items. I am one of many who just can't figure her methods out or make them work even after years of knitting and designing things myself.
This is a good book if you want to be freed to do whatever you want in making a knitted garment, but it isn't a roadmap of what you need to do to make it. She liked to be daring and this book has shown many people that they can be too.

5-0 out of 5 stars A worthwhile purchase, even if you already have the original book
I already have the older edition of the Almanac, so I was of two minds whether it was worthwhile to spend the money on the commemorative edition.I am so glad I did!Stephanie Pearl-McPhee's intro is exactly what I would want to say about Elizabeth Zimmermann, except that she says it so much better than I ever could.And the book itself is much better in many ways.The new color photos are gorgeous, and I love that they mimic the layout of the original photos.The samples are beautiful in themselves, and really show off what can be done with EZ's ideas with all of the wide variety of yarns we have available to us now.The larger format and larger print make the volume much more readable, and I find I am slowing down to actually enjoy EZ's writing and stories, instead of skipping from project to project.

I would recommend purchasing this book to anyone, even if they already own the earlier edition. ... Read more

15. The Old Farmer's Almanac 2010
by Old Farmer's Almanac
Paperback: 288 Pages (2009-09-01)
list price: US$6.95 -- used & new: US$2.99
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Asin: 1571984844
Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars
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A reference book that reads like a magazine, the Old Farmer's Almanac is packed with facts, features, and fun that make every day special. The 2010 edition includes weather predictions, gardening advice, and easy and delicious recipes--all served with a healthy dose of Almanac's signature wit. ... Read more

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3-0 out of 5 stars not what I thought
Until I received my book, I didn't know that it was made for Boston and the East Coast.To get information for my area in the Northwest, I need to go online and purchase pages.
I am making this into a gift for someone who lives in the East.
I scanned a few pages before going for the weather predictions, and I liked a lot of the information.
I am still let down.

5-0 out of 5 stars Awesome!!!
As far as a review goes, there isn't anything to be specific about.When I logged onto Amazon.com to find an almanac, I knew it would be there and contain the info I was looking for.The issue on my mind was the price.I purchased the 2009 Almanac and didn't want to pay more for the 2010 Almanac than I did the 2009 almanac.The seller fit my needs and the rest is history.I will recommend to all both Amazon and the seller!Keep up the good work!

4-0 out of 5 stars Used for Studies
This is a great book for use in study it answers 99 percent of my questions

4-0 out of 5 stars A Family Almanac
I bought this book only for curiosity, but I like it. If you wish to immerse yourself just for a while in the atmosphere of the old and the most traditional US countryside, this is the right book for you. In this Almanac, you can find a lot of information about calendar, food, gardening, health & home, husbandry, nature, weather and much news "with a pleasant degree of humor". Don't forget that this book is fitted for Boston and the New England states, but it got special corrections and calculations to answer for all the USA. It's also interesting the large number of astronomical calculations.

5-0 out of 5 stars awesome almanac
First purchase of Farmer's ALmanac. Awesome is my description for it.Basic planting, weather information as well as trivia. I gave one to a fellow-gardner at my church. Hopefully this year my carrots will be normal size instead of minis with large full tops and no bottoms. ... Read more

16. The Witches Almanac: Spring 2010-Spring 2011
Paperback: 152 Pages (2009-10-31)
list price: US$11.95 -- used & new: US$6.55
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Asin: 0977370372
Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars
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This new edition of the venerable publication The Witches' Almanac pays tribute to the animal kingdom—some home companions, some wild ones, some creatures of fantasy. The book features a throng of animals, great and small, in stories such as:

    •The buzz from beekeepers celebrates honey
    •White alligators haunt Florida swamps
    •A dog becomes a Japanese icon
    •The Irish kidnap a wild goat for the Puck Fair
    •Flea, Frog, and Grasshopper have a jumping contest

This year's Almanac also includes:

    •The Man in Black, the Devil's own?
    •Mayan calendar prophecy
    •A Minnesota mom who comforts her son with Norse gods
    •Garlic recipes to ward off blandness
    •Horoscopes, moon cycles, and monthly weather forecasts

Insightful, entertaining, and filled with stunning graphics, this is the almanac on which thousands of readers rely every year.

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2-0 out of 5 stars Kindle version review!
I bought this on Kindle a couple of days ago and while the articles are interesting I mainly purchased it for the moon calendar...which must have been an image but it isn't included in the Kindle version. I have tried changing my screen orientation as well as text size and figured maybe it's just because I don't have the DX, so I downloaded the Kindle software for my PC and it still isn't in the book! The table of Contents isn't terribly user friendly either.
I was really excited to get wiccan reference material that I can carry with me discretely on my Kindle but I'm very disappointed in the publishers for not ensuring that all the material actually appears in the electronic version. Overall I'd say pick up the paperback copy since they didn't seem to take much care in converting this to the Kindle.

4-0 out of 5 stars Good Witches Book!
If you are a bit WITCHY, this is the book for you! Good littlebook with lots of information for day to day living in Wicca World.Enjoy the info and the smiles!

5-0 out of 5 stars The Witches Almanic
I have been getting this book for more than 15 years now. It seems to get better every year. They are great books to save and go back to for reference.

5-0 out of 5 stars The Witches Almanac
I am perfectly happy with this item. No issues. The item I received is in mint condtion. Accordingly, I would again make purcahses from this vendor.
In terms of actual content I am never disappointed as I read this almanac yearly and always look forward to the updated information & points of views that it offers.

4-0 out of 5 stars Great Reference
I love The Witches Almanac!It has information in there that you can get anywhere, but mostly things that are unique that you would not find in any other pagan/witch's reading.I plan on buying them each year! ... Read more

17. Llewellyn's 2011 Witches' Companion: An Almanac for Everyday Living (Annuals - Witches' Companion)
by Llewellyn
Paperback: 288 Pages (2010-07-08)
list price: US$10.99 -- used & new: US$6.07
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Asin: 0738711373
Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars
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Gain insight on issues relevant to you and find some great tips and ideas for living your craft every day in Llewellyn’s indispensable Witches’ Companion. Stay one step ahead of the latest witchy trends and craft practices with the provocative and practical articles, how-tos, and lunar information inside this guide.

This year’s almanac features twenty-one thought-provoking essays on a variety of timely topics—the magical benefits of a vegetarian lifestyle, inviting house spirits to participate in rituals, finding magic on the Internet, and much, much more.

Must Pagans Do Everything Pagan?  by Barbara Ardinger

Conferring Celebrity Status on “Big Name Pagans”  by Boudica

Chakra Balancing and Tarot by Calantirniel 

Green Witch Initiation by Susun S. Weed

Personal Myths by Lupa

Written for busy modern witches, Llewellyn’s Witches’ Companion is the perfect complement to our Witches’ Calendar and Witches’ Datebook. 

Includes a sixteen-month calendar featuring lunar information to fuel your spellwork and rituals.



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5-0 out of 5 stars bought book for yule give away
came in great codition
have bought this book for the last 10 years
and will buy it again

5-0 out of 5 stars very informative
If you are looking for information, this is the companiion book for you...you will not be dissappoited... ... Read more

18. Llewellyn's Sabbats Almanac: Samhain 2010 to Mabon 2011 (Annuals - Sabbats Almanac)
by Llewellyn
Paperback: 312 Pages (2010-07-08)
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Asin: 0738714976
Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars
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Celebrate each season of the Witches’ year with rituals, recipes, and crafts. Discover new and unique ways to follow the Wheel of the Year and enrich your spiritual life with this essential resource for celebrating the eight sacred Wiccan holidays.

From seasonal crafts to time-honored customs, this handy almanac offers an abundance of meaningful ways to empower your own celebrations. Your favorite Wiccan and Pagan authors offer rituals, Craft activities, history and lore, plus a variety of family-friendly ideas for discovering the gifts and lessons of each Sabbat and season:

—Simple recipes for tasty holiday appetizers, entrees, beverages, and desserts
—Information on full and new moons and major planetary influences so you can easily plan rituals    
    according to cosmic energies
—A journal page for each Sabbat so you can keep a record of memorable events or insights gained

Samhain 2010 to Mabon 2011



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5-0 out of 5 stars Always a pleasure to read!
Highly recommend this book! If you love Llewellyns other books than this one is also a must! Always enjoyable & worth getting! ... Read more

19. Nutrition Almanac
by John Kirschmann, Inc. Nutrition Search
Paperback: 384 Pages (2006-12-21)
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Asin: 0071436588
Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars
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Take charge of your well-being, improve your health, feel younger, and live longer

The Nutrition Almanac offers you reliable information based on the latest scientific discoveries as well as an expanded section on essential vitamins and minerals and their amazing benefits. All the nutritional information you need is here, so enhancing and maintaining good health is easy!

Eat better. Live longer.

  • Learn how what you eat can affect more than 100 common ailments
  • Discover rich sources of vitamins and minerals in foods at your supermarket
  • Understand the difference between good fats and bad fats
  • Get practical information on the benefits of antioxidants and phytonutrients in food
  • Find out which food ingredients and additives to avoid
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The first three editions of Nutrition Almanac sold morethan 2.5 million copies. The 494-page fourth edition is expanded andupdated, with new information to answer your questions and help youplan your personal nutritional program. "Nutrition is the relationshipof foods to the health of the human body," explain the Kirschmanns(daughter and father), and they cover every aspect of how food relatesto health. A detailed section on nutrients, for example, describeseach vitamin and mineral, how it is absorbed and stored, dosage andtoxicity, deficiency effects and symptoms, beneficial effect onailments, and research findings. Another section offers 175 pages ofcommon ailments and stressful conditions that may be related tonutrition, and which nutrients, exercise, herbs, and homeopathicremedies may be beneficial for each. A shorter chapter on herbssummarizes the medicinal uses of 70 herbs. The book also includes 73pages of extensive nutritional information about common foods, showinghow they help meet the RDA for each nutrient for both babies andadults. It is surprising in a book as up-to-date as this one that theauthors choose to include height/desirable-weight charts, which arethought by experts to be outdated and irrelevant to health. Otherwise,this is a reference book you'll use often if you care about trackingand improving your nutrition. --Joan Price ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars VERY USEFULL
Everybody should have "Nutrition Almanac" as a reference book
to find information on food, it's function in the human body and
it's effect on your health. Concise and properly organized, it seems
to contain all that one should know about nutrition.

5-0 out of 5 stars BETTER HEALTH & KNOWLEDGE

5-0 out of 5 stars Very helpful...
I use this book to help my family & friends get more of the nutrients they need or find out more about how to treat an existing issue they have. It just opens your eyes up to how poper eating can improve your health so much. It's great.

1-0 out of 5 stars not satisfied
Copy to:Amazon.com/feedback

I received the Nutrition Almanac Saturday from Pacific Trails Books. They mentioned that they purchased the book from a library. They also mentioned that the book was soiled. They did not divulge that information when I ordered. In any case, I mailed everything they sent me back to them. I also included a letter as follows:

September 20, 2008

Pacific Trail Books:

We got this piece of trash Saturday, September 20. It is totally unacceptable. I am glad that our staff did not see it on Monday.

I packed it up and mailed it today, September 22.

I did not want to touch that book. I washed my hands numerous times after packaging it.

It is yours and you are under no obligation to do anything. I suggest that you toss it!

It is unconscionable to offer the condition of that book on Amazon. We do purchase items and books from Amazon...and have been satisfied with their advertised products and sellers.

In the future, we will only purchase "new" if your firm is selected as the seller.

Unfortunately, it is a lose-lose situation for both of us.

We do want a new book, latest edition, and will check with Amazon soon.

5-0 out of 5 stars advice
good no nonsense adviceI always use the information in my health food store provided by this publication. ... Read more

20. The Almanac of American Politics 2010
by Michael Barone, Richard E. Cohen
Paperback: 1726 Pages (2009-09-14)
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Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars
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The results of the 2008 presidential election were extraordinary, marking the beginning of a new period in American political history. Democrat Barack Obama became the first African American president in the United States, claiming a decisive over Republican John McCain. His fellow Democrats, meanwhile, established a robust majority in the Senate, winning seats in New Hampshire, New Jersey, and North Carolina, among others. Florida, Indiana, Ohio, and Virginia—states carried by Republicans in previous elections—“went blue” for the first time in decades. Across the political spectrum, Americans turned out to vote in droves.


No matter how you voted in the 2008 presidential election, it was unmistakably exciting. Its implications for both parties, however, remain unknown. From Internet fundraising to foreign policy, ballot fraud to ethics scandals, the political scene for Republics and Democrats is changing quickly. And in this time of uncertainty, there’s one book both parties turn to: The Almanac of American Politics. The 2010 Almanac remains the gold standard of accessible political information, relied upon by everyone involved, invested, or interested in American politics.


As in previous editions, the 2010 Almanac includes profiles of every member of Congress and every governor; as well as in-depth and completely up-to-date narrative profiles of all 50 states and 435 House districts, covering everything from economics to history to, of course, politics. It also contains Michael Barone’s sharp-eyed analysis of the 2008 presidential elections, congressional elections, and redistricting battles. New to this edition is a statistical breakdown of the 2008 presidential vote by state and congressional district, plus coverage of all recent special elections.


Full of maps, census data, and information on topics ranging from campaign expenditures to voting records to interest group ratings, the 2010 Almanac of American Politics presents everything you need to know about American politics in snappy prose and framed by cogent analysis.

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5-0 out of 5 stars The book insiders read
I have read every edition of the Almanac since 1990.Technology changes, yet the prose and percise analysis from Barone is succinct, accurate and I dare say addictive.This is not a book you pick up and read from start to finish.Rather, a resource to help you understand the recent history of our republic, and the people who represent us in Congress.

The true treasure I find is reading edition after edition and watching the changes in congressional districts and how and why people get elected.It is educational and insightful in a era of 30 second television ads.Read this, look at Larry Sabato's crystal ball (online) and watch the polls from Real Clear politics.In a short time, you will have a informed opinion and educated guess on how the 2010 election will break down, seat by seat.Quite amazing!

5-0 out of 5 stars The Almanac of American Politics 2010
Bought this for my brother.

He says that it's a wonderful source of reference, and is enjoying the read.

5-0 out of 5 stars Good comprehensive resource
This edition lives up to the quality of prior editions, which is saying a lot. I bought my first edition back in the 70s, and I get an updated version every few years. This book is a must for political bloggers.

5-0 out of 5 stars Great Political Book
Purchased this almanac to learn more about the political leanings and motivations of present politicians in office.Very interesting information on who is running our country.Also general political analysis of districts and other political facts you won't find elsewhere very easily. Our country is undergoing major political upheaval and it is time for the average citizen to be informed rather than blindly picking candidates because they belong to a certain party.Highly recommended book for those who care ragardless of party affiliation.

5-0 out of 5 stars Indispensable Political Data
Since 1972, when Michael Barone, Grant Ujifusa, and Douglas Matthews first published the Almanac, these biennial books have constituted a dynamic resource for anyone interested in the American political scene.The current volume, like its predecessors, is enjoyable simply to page through. It is of enormous value, however, to anyone who wants to evaluate or expand on political information gained from other sources, whether journalistic, scholarly, or personal.

Does the book have any faults? Yes. Data on backgrounds of legislators sometimes contained errors. In at least a couple of cases the authors supplied conflicting information in different segments of biographical data. Moreover, the definition of military service can be perplexing, omitting interpretation of reserve service (active or inactive?) and in one case including even ROTC service in college. (I mention military service here only because it does constitute one of the variables used in the authors' analysis of voting and demographic characteristics.)But problems are minor. The charge of Republican political bias has no validity. Michael Barone is a conservative but he and his co-author, Richard E. Cohen, longtime correspondent for the highly respected, nonpartisan National Journal, have scrupulously avoided unfair selection of information or unfair judgments. They provided a vast array of verifiable empirical data, and in their narrative an individual's political party affiliation played no part in the selection of examples of praiseworthy or embarrassing behavior.

It has become a cliché to describe a book as indispensable--no human would have time to read all books so designated--but for anyone interested in understanding American politics as observer, student, or participant, this book comes closest to deserving the label.

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