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A Historical Guide to the U.S. Government Hardcover – April 2, 1998

ISBN-13: 978-0195102307 ISBN-10: 0195102304 Edition: 1st

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  • Hardcover: 768 pages
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press; 1 edition (April 2, 1998)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0195102304
  • ISBN-13: 978-0195102307
  • Product Dimensions: 10.1 x 2.1 x 7.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 4.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,330,448 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"This book is informative, well written and current . . . Unlike some reference works which convey information in a dry and uninteresting fashion, these articles and entries . . . engage the reader."--Government Information Quarterly

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There are many uneven things about this book, starting with the amazing price differential for Amazon's price at $129, compared with a small-print new offering at $19! I have never figured out how such differences come about - but I'm grateful for my $19.00 copy (plus shipping)!

As a researcher working on a project concerning federal agency history and performance I was elated to come upon this volume - even if it was published in 1998.

I have of course not read all 741 pages, and even if I did I could not properly evaluate the treatment of most agencies. But I have 30+ years with Interior and done intensive research on its history. More recently I have been studying federal government appointment history and Jimmy Carter's Civil Service Reform Act of 1978, initially triggered by the highly negative reports of CSRA operations by colleagues.

I'm well impressed by the treatment of a chaotic, multifaceted agency constantly grappling with controversy and politics: Interior. A sample of good writing with accurate description follows:

"The first two eras of natural resource management - acquisition (1792-1867) and disposal (1812-1933) - fostered a crazy-quolt pattern f land ownership and competing interests that still plagues the Department of Interior today". I would trust this author with my i-phone. Every aspect I am familiar with is at least competently treated, often with outstandingly candid accuracy, with one exception. The author of the chapter totally left out Carl Schurz, Interior Secretary under President Rutherford B. Hayes, and one of the nation's foremost reformers and excellent administrators through its history.
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