Picks and Pans Review: The People's Almanac 3

updated 10/12/1981 AT 01:00 AM EDT

originally published 10/12/1981 AT 01:00 AM EDT

by David Wallechinsky and Irving Wallace

The Wallace family is giving trivia a bad name. Their publisher has put a notice—"100% Brand New"—on the cover. After all, People's Almanacs 1 and 2 came out in 1975 and 1978, and the clan has published novels, a book about the sex lives of famous people, and other works too. This new volume's 700 pages are devoted to essays with titles such as "What 10 Defeated Nations Planned to Do Had They Won the War" and "Seven Well-Known Sons of Rabbis." This is not writing; it is an agglutination prepared by a staff of researchers, though only David and Irving have the nerve to put their names on the cover. (Morrow, $17.95)

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