- Series: American Heritage Dictionary
- Mass Market Paperback: 960 pages
- Publisher: Dell; 3rd edition (June 12, 1994)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0440218616
- ISBN-13: 978-0440218616
- Product Dimensions: 4.2 x 1.5 x 6.8 inches
- Shipping Weight: 11.2 ounces
- Average Customer Review: 263 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,582,385 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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"This new American Heritage Dictionary is more suited to our national character than any previous dictionary." -- The New York Times Book Review
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Item: WOMEN of the South ran out of PINS and walked around with downcast eyes looking for PINS. Thorns were gathered and dried to use as PINS. Item: CONSCRIPTION: In the South conscription was well implemented, in the North it was a DISGRACE. If drafted, a man could get out of it for $300 or hire a substitute to take his place. The COLORED ORPHAN ASYLUM on FIFTH AVENUE was attacked and burnt because of conscription exempting blacks. Item: PRISON CAMPS: 55,000 soldiers died in the prison camps of the North and the South, the conditions of which rivalled Nazi Concentration camps, indeed may have been worse. Item: BATTLE OF CHATTANOOGA - an uphill "miracle" of courage by Union soldiers. The South lost the war not through want of courage and skill but because the war "wore it out". Not one mile of railroad was produced in the Confederacy during the war. The moral dimension of slavery may have been another factor but only in the latter half of the tragedy. Again, the Union navy played a pivotal role which I for one was completely unaware of. Reading this work has been an engrossing and revalatory experience for me.
A good dictionary is more than looking up a word meaning. It can be an avenue of great learning and the building of one speech and oratorical abilities. This is one thing a typical search on the internet to find a word meaning cannot offer. Secondly, the reliability of a good physical dictionary is far dependable than that of most digital dictionaries. Searching for a word meaning on the web is faster but in most cases, the definition is laced with bias point of views.
Now looking at the many unique features of this dictionary, THE AMERICAN HERITAGE DICTIONARY. Other than words definition, the dictionary would make a good tool for learning improvement and even home schooling. At the beginning of each alphabet. There is a unique insight. The letter is presented in six different alphabets, namely, Phoenician, Greek, Roman, Medieval and Modern (English). On the top of these alphabets are the written illustration of how it is written in Phoenician, Greek, Roman, Medieval and of course English. The English letter is displayed in its capital letter form, in print, in small letter (lower case) and cursive. A form of writing most adults and grownups, no longer know how to write or read. This is important because most of our historical documents are written in cursive letters. Below all that is the historical account of the letter and how it came into being and its uses over the years.
Another feature is the integration of a lot of ILLUSTRATED PICTURES throughout the dictionary.
Then there is a separate entry called the BIOGRAPHICAL ENTRIES, this includes pictures and biographical entries of individuals throughout history, from Andrew Jackson to Leonardo Da Vinci, Douglas MacArthur, Jesse Owens, Isaac Newton, Geronimo, Golda Meir, Billy Graham, Martin Luther King Jr, Mick Jagger, yep Mick Jagger. And many more.
Also following the biographical entries is the GEOGRAPHICAL ENTRIES, within this section are countries, cities, states and locations from around the world. This could be a great learning tool for children as well. There is also a page dedicated to the Bible (The Bible table and the Books of the Bible)
Over 1500+ of excellent thin-papers, the dictionary would make a good collection to any library and a personal study material
Blue hardcover with gold letterings and letter tab for easy navigation.