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The Great American History Fact-Finder

CORNELISON, Pam & YANAK, Ted. The great American history fact-finder; new edition. Houghton Mifflin. 574p. illus. maps. bibliog. c2004. 0-618-43941-2. $14.95. JSA

This second edition of "The Who, What, Where, When, and Why of American History" (1993) comprises 2,200 entries, from Hank Aaron to the Zimmermann Note of 1917. A bibliography and appendix with maps, tables, and historical documents follow. The update includes 200 new entries, including "the dot com boom and bust, Clinton's impeachment, the events of September 11, and American's war on terrorism." Designed to "enlighten and entertain as well as inform," the volume includes brief entries on AARP, Abbott and Costello, the Afghanistan War, AIDS, Woody Allen, the ACLU, "Amos and Andy," Maya Angelou, the Ashcan School, Arthur Ashe, Fred Astaire, and the atomic bomb. Even Venus and Serena Williams are here, just before Wendell Willkie. Good for both the library and classroom.

J--Recommended for junior high school students. The contents are of particular interest to young adolescents and their teachers.

S--Recommended for senior high school students.

A--Recommended for advanced students and adults. This code will help librarians and teachers working in high schools where there are honors and advanced placement students. This also will help extend KLIATT's usefulness in public libraries.

Janet Julian, Grafton, MA
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Date:Sep 1, 2004
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