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Book of What: A Thesaurus of Things Everyday And Esoteric (Collector's Library) by Rodney Dale
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Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 7.64" Width: 5.35" Height: 1.1" Weight: 0.79 lbs.
Release Date Jun 30, 2005
Publisher Book Sales
ISBN 1904919197 ISBN13 9781904919193
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More About Rodney Dale
About the Editors: 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.
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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.