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The Book of Amazing Facts and Feats, Volume 2
Reviewed by Herbert White - September 19, 2011
The Book of Amazing Facts and Feats, Volume 2 is a truly amazing book that is crammed with a wide assortment of factoids, statistics, and information that explores the world as a whole, with an emphasis on Jewish topics. The information in this book is organized into eight main categories:
Written by Nattan Hurvitz and Aharon Yosef Hoffman, The Book of Amazing Facts and Feats, Volume 2 is a fun and informative book that will fascinate adults and children alike. This is the type of book that you can read straight through, or skip around reading an entry or page at random. It is also a book that you will read, and reread time and time again, each time discovering a new fact or piece of wisdom that you will find yourself compelled to share with someone else. For instance, did you know that the most expensive yo-yo was valued at 10,000 US dollars when it was first made or that the first Israeli submarine was the INS Tanin and it made its first appearance in Haifa Port in 1959? Or, do you know the code name of the plutonium bomb that was dropped on Nagasaki, Japan in 1945? (It was Fat Man.) Or, do you know what is the only national anthem that doesn't have any words? (It is the Spanish national anthem, called the Royal March.) In addition, did you know that this book was originally published in Hebrew as Sefer HaSe'em v'HaNifla'ot, #2, or that it was translated into English by Nehemiah Klein?
- Holy Men, Holy Books, and Holy Places - this informative section covers just about everything from who wrote the book of Yeshayahu to the world's largest Tehillim to which is the shortest amud of Gemara.
- Mankind - from population figures and most popular names to inventors and health factoids, in this fact filled section you will learn a copious amount of data from what the first Israeli stamp was, to the history of celluloid.
- Nations and Governments - facts on the various nations of the world, various governments, languages, and lawbreakers are a few of the topics covered in this chapter.
- The World - the power of nature, energy, tragedies, and several end of the world scenarios grace this edifying section.
- Stange, Yet Interesting - covering topics from unusual talents to the largest and smallest versions of various items, from the world's largest pencil to the world's smallest chessboard.
- Who Nourishes All - a wealth of information related to food from how it is grown and produced to how much the average family spends on food in select countries to when the first can opener was invented.
- Armies and Wars - all things military from the men of war to battleships, submarines, tanks, bombs & missiles, nuclear warfare, and more...
- Who by Chariot - information about cars, trains, the history of flight, jets, air transport, ships, motorcycles, and bicycles.
This is the second book in the Book of Amazing Facts and Feats series, and a third volume is currently under development. The second volume, like its predecessor, helps to show the wonders of the world that Hashem has created and the myriad of differences that exists throughout. In addition, this book is filled with factoids from the Talmud, Torah, and Midrash that will enhance the various miracles, facts, and simply unusual information that you will discover in this fascinating book. A must-have book for all Jewish libraries, and it will make a great gift for the inquisitive youngster(s) in your life.
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