Picks and Pans Review: The World Almanac and Book of Facts 1984

updated 04/09/1984 AT 01:00 AM EST

originally published 04/09/1984 AT 01:00 AM EST

Hana Umlauf Lane, editor

Produced under various imprints since 1868, the World Almanac is a fact-seeker's savior. It's readable, wide-ranging and, perhaps most important, well indexed. "Molybdenum resources, world," is listed along with "Mottoes of states," "Oil spills" and the rather more sweeping "Philosophy." While the Olympic section is somewhat skimpy for a year when the Games are being held, there is a new section of consumer information and a poll among newspaper editors on "America's 25 Most Influential Women." Justice Sandra Day O'Connor finished first for the second year in a row. (Newspaper Enterprise Association, paper, $4.95)

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