Synopses & Reviews
From DK's famed "factmaster" himself, Russell Ash comes the perfect memento to mark the millennium. Packed with intriguing information and entertaining anecdotes, Factastic: Millennium Facts charts the key worldwide political, social, and cultural events of the last 1,000 years in Ash's lighthearted yet informative style.
...Anyone looking at this book for a sustained period of time gets a good picture of what it felt like to be in the world during any decade or century. (Louisville Courier-Journal, Dec. 12, 1999)
The illustrations, photographs of art and architecture and, later, technical achievements, are fabulous. (Philadelphia Inquirer, Dec 12, 1999)
'Factastic' is a good description of this fascinating year-by-year compendium.... not just for children--parents will browse again and again. (Dallas Child)
About the Author
Russell Ash is the uncontested king of lists. Not simply a career, listmaking is his legend, facts his friends, statistics his sanctuary, trivia his triumph. He was descended from a family of craftsmen who were London goldsmiths and silversmiths for several generations since the 17th century -- the most notable being Claudius Ash (1792-1854), one of the principal inventors of false teeth. His father was a bookbinder at the British Museum. Born in 1946, educated at Bedford Modern School, Mr. Ash attended Durham University where he earned a Joint Honours BA in Anthropology and Geology. Russell Ash began his career in publishing as a picture researcher in 1967; he moved on in 1973 to establish his own publishing company, Ash & Grant, and was a director of Weidenfeld & Nicholson and Pavilion Books. Mr. Ash has spent most of the past 30 years as a freelance writer and contributor to almost 100 non-fiction titles on such subjects as art (particularly the Impressionists and other late nineteenth-century painters), animals real and fictitious (he is the official "biographer" of Paddington Bear), and humor. He has compiled various award-winning popular reference titles, including the perennial bestselling Top Ten of Everything, which has also inspired a weekly network children's television series in the UK (in which he appears). He has also written Incredible Comparisons, which features a variety of fascinating objects side by side with accompanying statistics. The World in One Day is his 1997 bestseller for children, chronicling all the facts about daily life. His latest children's book, Factastic Millennium Facts, is packed with intriguing information and entertaining anecdotes covering the key worldwide political, social , and cultural events of the last 1,000 years. Russell Ash is currently an author, occasional journalist, and packager of books in the UK and US. He lives in a large Victorian house (which he is restoring) in Sussex, England with his wife, daughter, and two sons. He has recently returned to the family tradition by learning the craft of silversmithing.