Review by Booklist Review
During his 15 years at the NBC News Reference Library, Bornstein was frequently asked to assemble chronologies. He has used the resources and knowledge he acquired on the job to compile a new reference source on American history. Some 119 lists are arranged in several parts, covering key events in national and state history, politics, and the military, as well as major disasters. The final section, "Notably American," details award winners, Miss Americas, sports championships, and other claims to fame. Depending upon the list, a typical entry can be from one sentence to a paragraph in length. Sources for the information are provided and include such standard titles as Facts about the States, World Almanac and Book of Facts, and World Book. Rounding out the volume are a bibliography and two indexes, one by subject and one by name. The subject and names indexes are generally well organized; however, while the subject index has an entry scandals, political and a subentry Clinton/Lewinsky, there is no entry for Monica Lewinsky in the name index. There are a number of other recent U.S. chronologies, including The American Years (Scribner, 1999), the lavishly illustrated Chronicle of America (DK, 1997), and the most comprehensive of all, the Encyclopedia of American Facts and Dates (10th ed., HarperCollins, 1997). Each covers a diverse range of topics such as history, sports, politics, crime, science, religion, business, the arts, and fashions. Bornstein's book has some unique features, including the chronologies of the history of each state, and is recommended for libraries wanting to add another year-by-year outline of aspects of American life.
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