The Britannica Book of the Year provides a valuable viewpoint on the people and events that shaped the year. In addition to keeping the Encyclopadia Britannica updated, it serves as a great reference source for the latest news on the ever-changing populations, governments and economies throughout the world. With reports on the significant issues and developments in all key fields and industries - from architecture to health to sports, from art to fashion to science- the 2011 Britannica Book of the Year provides a complete, accurate and stimulating account of 2010. - Build your knowledge of today's world with thought-provoking coverage of current events. - Read in detail about the historic events of 2010 - from the massive BP oil spill to continuing wars in Afghanistan and Iraq. - Learn about the compelling topics that are making headlines, such as: al-Qaeda in Yemen, the release of Apple's iPad and invasive animal species that are threatening ecosystems. - Recapture the lives and accomplishments of so many greats lost this past year, with farewell reports on such people as Tony Curtis, J.D. Salinger, Lynn Redgrave and Michael Foot. - Acquaint yourself with some of the most fascinating and influential people across the world - people who made history, broke records or made a difference, such as: Julia Gillard, David Cameron, Hilary Mantel and Ed Miliband. - Explore critical issues in business, technology, education, health, politics, science, sport and many other topics all broken down into fact-packed entries.