The Companion examines the notable men and women and major events in U.S. history, such as wars or the Depression, as well as ideas and ideologies, technological innovations and economic developments, and long-term processes such as immigration and urbanization. Each entry is written by an authority on the subject, thoroughly cross-referenced in the 78-page index, and arranged alphabetically for easy reference. The alphabetic organization makes for some strange (or amusing) combinations of people on the same page: Billy Graham and Martha Graham; "Mother" Jones and Michael Jordan; Persian Gulf War and Petroleum Industry; Income Tax, Federal, and Indentured Servitude.
A browser's delight, but full of solid scholarship, The Oxford Companion to United States History deserves the treatment its editors recommend--as "a work to be thumbed and worn out, not a book to be put behind glass on a shelf!" Absolutely essential for the well-stocked history library. --Sunny Delaney
This book is a must have for anyone with an interest in American History.
When they are covered it is often in snipets in subject area articles, which does not give a complete overview of their public careers.
Most of the entries are detailed and informative, as well as fair and balanced, even on controversial subjects.
British readers will be unsettled by the boastful swagger of the introduction. For blurb writers to describe a book as 'authoritative' is acceptable, but not if asserted by the... Read morePublished 22 months ago by Giles Penfold
Easton has been printing gorgeous books for as long I as can remember. They work on the same old subscription method of "giving" you a low-priced "introductory" volume, after which... Read morePublished on July 8, 2009 by Robin Wolfson
Most of the entries are detailed and informative, as well as fair and balanced, even on controversial subjects. Read morePublished on May 18, 2009 by Darrell J. Hartwick
Editor in Chief Paul S. Boyer states in his Introduction (p. viii): "Still another central goal has been to make this a 'state of the art' work incorporating the best and most... Read morePublished on October 27, 2006 by Richard Newby