THE MACMILLAN DICT OF POLITICAL QUOT 93

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As the only book to gather in a single volume the world's best quotations by and about politicians and politics, this compendium combines wit, intelligence, and history on a subject that is alive and well in the minds and ears of the public. With contributors ranging from Aristotle to Dan Quayle, the 15,000 entries cover a full range of political subjects.

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Although not the first dictionary of political quotations, this is certainly one of the best. Its breadth of coverage is impressive, and its arrangement allows easy access to more than 11,000 quotations. Ninety-nine chapters present topics from Abortion to Welfare and much more in between. Subjects we might expect to find in such a work are well represented, for example, Freedom and Liberty, Liberals and Conservatives, and Slogans and Mottoes. Some topics, however, go beyond the bounds of the typical book of political wit and wisdom: Flags, Housing and the Homeless, and Terrorism and Terrorists. Within each chapter, quotations are arranged alphabetically by author, and source citations are provided for nearly all. There are indexes by author and concept. References in both are to chapter and quotation numbers, not to page numbers, thus allowing for almost instant access to individual quotations.

The closest comparable work is Political Quotations: A Collection of Notable Sayings on Politics from Antiquity through 1989, edited by Daniel B. Baker (Gale, 1990). Its outstanding feature is its indexing (author and keyword indexes comprise nearly half the book). However, it offers less than half the quotations collected by Eigen and Siegel. Though it has many features in common with their book, one difference is that Baker arranges quotations by date within each subject category: this allows a kind of historical overview of a concept's development, something not done easily in Eigen and Siegel. Birth and death dates of authors are listed by Baker in the index, not within the text, as in Eigen and Siegel, whose more traditional entry--quotation, author's name, birth and death dates--is preferable.

Libraries of any size will find The Macmillan Dictionary of Political Quotations a worthy addition to quotation, political science, and history collections.

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