The Peoplepedia: The Ultimate Reference on the American People (Henry Holt Reference Book)

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Americans have always had a fascination with people--from celebrities to next-door-neighbors. A browser's paradise, The Peoplepedia focuses on the intimate and specific characteristics of the American people, covering everything from sexual habits to opinions, and more. Photos.

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Grade 7 Up. Using sources as varied as Gallup polls and Beverage Industry Magazine, The Peoplepedia offers statistical snapshots of American life. Part one, "The American Mindset," presents popular opinions on subjects ranging from baseball to women in work. Part two, "The American Collective," presents clusters of facts about education, pastimes, possessions, religion, the workplace, and other broad categories. Data ranges from the very useful (food-stamp fraud and teen pregnancy) to the trivial (BBQs, blondes, and boat ownership). Parts one and two might be used as a quick statistical fix, or to answer curveball questions. However, each topic is reviewed in less than a page, and much of the information that could be used to answer homework questions can also be found in standard resources like the World Almanac and the Statistical Abstract of the U.S. Section three, "Notable Americans," lists 1350 influential individuals in 21 fields. The coverage is patchy, including photographers but not sports figures, and Mayor Marion Barry of Washington, D.C., but not Rudolph Giuliani of NYC. Current Biography or Who's Who offers more detailed information about many of the people listed here. The Peoplepedia is simply written and much more accessible than statistical tables. However, it is dry and illustrated with lifeless black-and-white photos, which make it less interesting to browse than the Guinness Book of World Records. It may fill some reference nooks and crannies, but is not a must-buy.?Lawrence Kapture, New York Public Library
Copyright 1997 Reed Business Information, Inc.

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