Highlighting the Most Notable Issues of 2012
The Update section contains more than 250 important articles arranged in alphabetical order to help your family easily understand the significant events of 2012. The 2013 Year Book is filled with topics covering influential people and events, such as former Massachusetts Governor Mitt Romney’s primary campaign for the Republican nomination for president of the United States. Read about how the recession in Europe depressed economies around the world and how drought in the United States affected food prices worldwide. Also, learn about NASA’s Curiosity rover, the most advanced robotic laboratory ever sent to another planet, which reached Mars on August 6 in an attempt to discover how the possibly once warmer and wetter surface of Mars became so cold and dry. The reader will marvel at the grand opening in London of the Shard, Europe’s tallest building. The 2013 Year Book includes all of the important events that changed the world.
Special Reports from 2012
The 2013 Year Book by World Book Encyclopedia features five Special Reports chronicling a range of events, including full coverage of the 2012 U.S. election. The American presidential and congressional races are documented in a series of charts, graphs, and maps; the reopening of the American Wing of the Metropolitan Museum of Art, in New York City, with 30,000 square feet of spectacular refurbished galleries; the economic crisis in the eurozone that featured bailouts by the European Union that proved ineffective at curbing downward slides in Greece, Spain, Portugal, and Italy; the full-fledged civil war in Syria, examining the historical, religious, and political roots of the conflict and the threat it poses for the entire Middle East; and total coverage of the Summer Olympic Games, including authoritative statistics on the winners in 302 events, that proved to be a triumph for the host country, the United Kingdom.
The 2013 Year Book includes seven new Portraits, including Neil Armstrong, the first human being to step onto a celestial body other than planet Earth; Mike Wallace, television personality and journalist who became the face of “60 Minutes”; Ray Bradbury, one of the 20 th century’s foremost authors of science fiction; Gore Vidal, arguably America’s foremost man of letters in the 20 th century; journalist, humorist, novelist, screenwriter, and film director Nora Ephron; Elinor Ostrom, the only woman to win a Nobel Prize in economics; and Sally Ride, the first American woman to travel in space.
There are also four Focus On articles spanning such topics as Queen Elizabeth’s Diamond Jubilee, highlighting the festivities in celebration of the queen’s 60 years on the throne; Curiosity, spectacular images of Mars as well as a description of the probe’s remarkable touch down; Academy Award winners; and extreme weather events that caused drought, tornadoes, flooding, and wildfires that wreaked havoc in the United States, Europe and Asia in 2012.
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