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Book of What: A Thesaurus of Things Everyday And Esoteric (Collector's Library) [Hardcover]

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Book of What: A Thesaurus of Things Everyday And Esoteric (Collector's Library) by Rodney Dale

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Pages   320
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 7.64" Width: 5.35" Height: 1.1"
Weight:   0.79 lbs.
Binding  Hardcover
Release Date   Jun 30, 2005
Publisher   Book Sales
ISBN  1904919197  
ISBN13  9781904919193  

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Series Editor Rodney Dale is a professional writer and editor who has spent a lifetime writing books at all levels on engineering and technology topics. Henry Dale specialized in aircraft simulator maintenance and computers before turning to writing. His experience of parachuting and hang-gliding
has brought him closer to the pioneers of flight. Rebecca Weaver is a former teacher with a special interest in 18th and 19th century history.

Rodney Dale was born in 1933.

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Product Categories

1Books > Subjects > Children > Science, Nature & How It Works > General
2Books > Subjects > Literature & Fiction > World Literature > Mythology > General
3Books > Subjects > Nonfiction > Social Sciences > Folklore & Mythology
4Books > Subjects > Reference > Dictionaries & Thesauruses > Thesauruses
5Books > Subjects > Reference > Encyclopedias > General
6Books > Subjects > Reference > Encyclopedias > Mythology & Folklore
7Books > Subjects > Reference > Fun Facts > Trivia
8Books > Subjects > Reference > General

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What's it worth?  Aug 26, 2008
As a collection of uncommon things, one is bound to be rewarded with a piece of fascinating information here and there. In the main, the book is filled with very basic information which most well-read people would already know. There is a short paragraph on "prayer time" which hardly merited space. There are some dubious items such as refrerring the collective name for apes as "shrewdness". This is either long gone from use or is completely wrong. It is not consistent in its use of Chinese terms. For example, he uses "pe tsai" which is Mandarin for Chinese cabbage and "pak Choi" which is Cantonese for another variety of cabbage. On the subject of things Chinese, it gives the wrong impression that all "cheongsams" are elaborately embroidered. That is certainly not the case.

In the first part where the editor sets out items according to alphabetical order we see unimaginative inclusions and bland descriptions. Under "A" for example, we see "Ablutions" : "Military bathroom accomodation". This book comes with three other similarly titled companions, namely, "The Book of When", "The Book of Who", and "The Book of Where". I would recommend the others but not this present volume as it appears to be the most feebly compiled of the set. The four books look neat and handy and might be worth acquiring if you wish to decorate a small corner of your home with books. A small cosy corner where guests may amuse themselves while waiting for the host.

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