The Book of Lists

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The first volume of The Book of Lists.

The Book of Lists refers to any one of a series of books compiled by David Wallechinsky, his father Irving Wallace and sister Amy Wallace.[1][2][3][4][5][6]

Each book contains hundreds of lists (many accompanied by textual explanations) on unusual or obscure topics, for example:

The first Book of Lists was published in 1977, a second volume came out in 1980 and the third appeared in 1983. Book of Lists for the 1990s was published in 1993; yet another volume, The New Book of Lists, was published in 2005. The first volume was initially controversial and banned in some libraries and parts of the United States when it was published due to, among other things, a chapter that graphically described popular sexual positions and their pros and cons.[12] The 2005 volume was essentially "new" in name only; it was made up primarily of reprinted and updated lists selected from the first three volumes, which have gone out of print.[13]

Wallechinsky and Wallace were also responsible for editing The People's Almanac, which covered similar ground, as well as The Book of Predictions. They also contributed a weekly column in Parade magazine.

Other authors who have followed this basic format include Russ Kick, author of The Disinformation Book of Lists, Louis Rukeyser, author of Louis Rukeyser's Book of Lists, and Bernard Schwartz with A Book of Legal Lists.

In 2005, a Canadian edition of The Book of Lists was published and credited to David Wallechinsky, Amy Wallace, Ira Basen and Jane Farrow. The book contained a mixture of content from the original three volumes, mixed in with updated material, and material with a specifically Canadian focus.

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  1. ^ Leopold, Todd (23 April 2014). "'Book of Lists' author Wallechinsky invented the Internet (sort of)". CNN. Retrieved 6 October 2019.
  2. ^ Irving Wallace, David Wallechinsky, and Amy Wallace, The Book of Lists (1977) ISBN 0-688-03183-8.
  3. ^ Irving Wallace, David Wallechinsky, and Amy Wallace, The Book of Lists 2 (1980) ISBN 0-688-03574-4.
  4. ^ Irving Wallace, David Wallechinsky, and Amy Wallace, The Book of Lists 3 (1983) ISBN 0-688-01647-2.
  5. ^ David Wallechinsky and Amy Wallace, The Book of Lists (2004) ISBN 1-84195-553-1.
  6. ^ David Wallechinsky and Amy Wallace, The New Book of Lists. New York: Canongate, 2005 ISBN 1-84195-719-4
  7. ^ Book of Lists, Page 335
  8. ^ Book of Lists, Pages 54–57
  9. ^ Book of Lists, Pages 71–75
  10. ^ "Dr. Demento's Worst Song Titles of All Time".
  11. ^ Book of Lists, Page 125
  12. ^ Book of Lists, Pages 315–316
  13. ^ Weeks, Linton (2009-02-24). "10 Reasons Why We Love Making Lists". NPR. Retrieved 2022-07-06.