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REVISED WORLD BOOK CHRONICLES TURBULENT 1992 IN U.S., WORLD

 CHICAGO Jan. 4 /PRNewswire/ -- The year 1992 is history -- bound, gold-leafed, and on its way to homes, schools and libraries across the world in the form of the 1993 WORLD BOOK ENCYCLOPEDIA. The year was recorded in biographies and histories, disasters and triumphs. Hurricanes Iniki and Andrew. Fighting in Los Angeles and Bosnia. Olympic victories and political defeats. Spike Lee is "in." Madonna, book and all, isn't.
 Altogether, more than 3,100 articles were revised and nearly 250 maps were either added or redrawn. The changes affected over 6,500 pages and required the efforts of more than 1,000 scholars, editors, researchers, cartographers and other experts.
 "Not since the decolonization of Africa in the 1950s and 1960s has there been this degree of global change," said A. Richard Harmet, World Book vice president and editorial director.
 Lengthy articles were added, and flags and maps were created for the newly independent nations once part of the U.S.S.R.: Armenia, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Georgia, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Moldavia, Russia, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan, Ukraine, and Uzbekistan. Latvia, Lithuania, and Estonia were added last year.
 The article on Yugoslavia also was redone to reflect its evolution into a new, smaller state, while the entries on the former Yugoslav republics -- Bosnia and Hercegovina, Croatia, Macedonia and Slovenia -- were revised and expanded to reflect their status as independent countries.
 Events closer to home created other editorial challenges for World Book staff. "Because the Presidential election was held so close to our printing deadline, we created two articles for Bill Clinton -- a six- page presidential winner' biography, and a shorter loser' version -- and did the same for Al Gore," Harmet said. "We updated the George Bush and Dan Quayle articles to reflect the year's events, and then prepared both re-elected' and defeated' versions. And, of course, we created an entry for Ross Perot.
 The dual entries are a quadrennial tradition at World Book. "We've prepared articles on Presidents Dukakis, Mondale, McGovern and Humphrey," Harmet said.
 Other articles requiring two versions this year included: Republican Party, Democratic Party, President of the United States, Vice President of the United States, (and History of the) United States. The editors also prepared a biography of Carol Moseley Braun to be used only if she was elected as the first female African-American U.S. Senator (which she was).
 Among the nearly two dozen new biographies articles on civil rights leader Fannie Lou Hamer, film maker Spike Lee, journalist and screenwriter Nora Ephron, Olympic medalist Jackie Joyner-Kersee, basketball coach Bob Knight, Nobel Prize winning poet Joseph Brodsky, U.N. Secretary General Boutros Boutros-Ghali, media mogul Ted Turner, Detroit Mayor Coleman Young, and race car driver A.J. Foyt.
 On a smaller scale, the encyclopedia's most-read entry, Dog, was completely revised. Readers now can learn why dogs chase their tails and eat grass, as well as discovering facts about dog history, physiology, breeds, care and feeding, and training.
 World Book publishes the world's best-selling encyclopedia, along with a wide variety of other reference materials for home and school. World Book, Inc., has 400 employees and a 26,000 member sales force of full- and part-time "World Bookers." Its parent company, Scott Fetzer Company, is a wholly owned subsidiary of Berkshire Hathaway Inc.
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