From Library Journal
Expert historian and librarian at the Statue of Liberty Monument and Ellis Island since 1988, Moreno has crafted the first comprehensive reference book about one of America's most familiar symbols. Offering entries from "Edmond Fran ois Valentin About," friend of Auguste Bartholdi (who sculpted the Statue of Liberty) to "Zoaves," the colorfully attired Civil War soldiers who marched through Manhattan in the statue's inaugural parade in 1886, this work is an intriguing compendium of photographs, facts, and statistics that purports to answer every conceivable question on this beloved monument. Each page is beautifully illustrated with reproductions of paintings, drawings, posters, cartoons, photographs, and documents integral to the statue's history, many of which are published here for the first time. (Although the illustrative material is identified, the source of the material is not.) Information in one entry encourages browsing in related entries, and there are many cross references. This work is full of fascinating facts. For instance, most readers are unaware that the model for the statue was Bartholdi's mother, Charlotte, or that the statue almost went to Boston. No separate bibliography is included, but the narrative under the entry "Literature" gives a brief, chronological history of major publications focusing on the Statue of Liberty or individuals closely allied with her, such as Bartholdi, Edouard de Laboulaye, or Gustave Eiffel. The extraordinary breadth of topics covered weaves a story of more than just a monument; the cultural and ideological circumstances of our nation are clearly and compellingly presented. Recommended for all public libraries.DKathleen M. Conley, Illinois State Univ., Normal
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An attractive treatment, popular rather than research oriented, with numerous illustrations and A-Z entries from About, Edmond Francois Val
entin (a friend of the statue's sculptor) to Zouaves
(a unit of soldiers who marched in the Statue of Liberty inaugural parade). RBBCopyright © American Library Association. All rights reserved