YEAR BOOK 2013 - Review Major Events & News in 2012

Highlights the most notable issues of 2012

The Update section contains more than 250 important articles arranged in alphabetical order to help your family easily understand the significant events of 2012. Your 2013 Year Book is filled with topics covering influential people and events, such former Massachusetts Governor Mitt Romney’s primary campaign for the Republican nomination for president of the United States.You will read about how the recession in Europe depressed economies around the world and how drought in the United States affected food prices worldwide. You will learn about NASA’s Curiosity rover, the most advanced robotic laboratory ever sent to another planet, which reached Mars on August 6 in an attempt to discover how the possibly once warmer and wetter surface of Mars became so cold and dry. You will marvel at the grand opening in London in June of The Shard, Europe’s tallest building. The 2013 Year Book includes all of the important events that changed the world.

SPECIAL REPORTS in 2012

Provide in-depth articles about historic moments, important discoveries, and newsmakers that touched our lives in 2012.

The 2013 Year Book features five Special Reports chronicling a range of events, including full coverage of the 2012 U.S. election, documenting the presidential and congressional races in a series of charts, graphs, and maps; the reopening of the American Wing of the Metropolitan Museum of Art, in New York City, with 30,000 square feet of spectacular refurbished galleries; the economic crisis in the eurozone that featured bailouts by the European Union that proved ineffective at curbing downward slides in Greece, Spain, Portugal, and Italy; the full-fledged civil war in Syria, examining the historical, religious, and political roots of the conflict and the threat it poses for the entire Middle East; and total coverage of the Summer Olympic Games, including authoritative statistics on the winners in 302 events, that proved to be a triumph for the host country, the United Kingdom.

The 2013 Year Book includes seven new Portraits, including Neil Armstrong, the first human being to step onto a celestial body other than planet Earth; Mike Wallace, television personality and journalist who became the face of “60 Minutes”; Ray Bradbury, one of the 20 th century’s foremost authors of science fiction; Gore Vidal, arguably America’s foremost man of letters in the 20 th century; journalist, humorist, novelist, screenwriter, and film director Nora Ephron; Elinor Ostrom, the only woman to win a Nobel Prize in economics; and Sally Ride, the first American woman to travel in space.

There are also four Focus On articles spanning such topics as Queen Elizabeth’s Diamond Jubilee, highlighting the festivities in celebration of the queen’s 60 years on the throne; Curiosity, spectacular images of Mars as well as a description of the probe’s remarkable touch down; Academy Award winners; and extreme weather events that caused drought, tornadoes, flooding, and wildfires that wreaked havoc in the United States, Europe, and Asia in 2012.