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The One-volume Wikipedia : Timely and handy
Friday October 10th 2008, 10:29 am
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I am honored to have a copy of the single-volume Abridged Wikipedia (Deutschland Edition) on my desk – 100% free content, beautifully printed and bound, and only 20.EUR.  As such, I’ll be practicing two languages over the coming weeks : German and Spanish.  For German, I’ll be including definitions of any term I think to look up online, first checking my desk reference and sharing the results with you, dear reader.  I will try to post a photo soon; it is a well-bound and illustrated book, with full-color printing and short precises of 50,000 entries, including neatly organized country infoboxes, a photo on every page, a full page of photo credits, and 30 pages of 4-pt author credits (To give you a sense of how comprehensive it is, I’ve made a handful of minor article edits on de:wp and even my initials are in that list).

I am impressed that it was available for purchase online in September, and includes updates as recent as June of this year.

Obama, Barack : Barack Hussein Obama, Jr. (*4. August 1961 in Honolulu, Hawaii) ist ein US-amerikanischer Politiker (Dem Partei), Jurist, und designierter Kandidat der Demokratischen Partei fuer die Praesidentschaftswahl in den USA 2008.

Er wurde 2004 fuer Illinois in den Senat gewaehlt und ist damit der derzeit einzige und insgesamt fuenfte afroamerikanische Senator in der US-Geschichte.  Am 10. Februar 2007 gab er in Springfield (Illinois) seine Kandidatur fuer die Praesidentschaftsfwahl 2008 bekannt.  Am 3. Juni 2008 erreichte Obama die notwendige Zahl von Delegierten, um sich eine Mehrheit fuer die Nominierung zum Praesidentschaftskandidated seiner Partei zu sichern.

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