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Almanac of American Military History. 4v. By Spencer C. Tucker. Nov. 2012. 2,524p. illus. ABC-CLIO, $415 (9781598845303).
This chronology demonstrates the entwining of American military history with American political history from the era of voyages of discovery (when European monarchs vied for North American colonies) through the U.S.’ post-9/11 ventures in the Middle East. In four volumes, 11 sections are devoted to a major time period and trace the interplay of the military and the political.
American Civil War: The Definitive Encyclopedia and Document Collection. 6v. Ed. by Spencer C. Tucker and others. Sept. 2013. 3,189p. illus. ABC-CLIO, $625 (9781851096770).
Top of the Booklist Editors’ Choice (Reference) list for 2013, this work provides a broad, multidisciplinary examination of the time period and fulfills the aim of being a “definitive” set. Noted historian Tucker and his editorial team have assembled nearly 3,000 entries as well as a collection of 172 primary documents. Coverage includes all significant battles, people, places, and weapons; and the work encompasses the social, political, cultural, and economic issues of the time.
Encyclopedia of Caribbean Religions. 2v. By Patrick Taylor and Frederick I. Chase. Apr. 2013. 640p. illus. Univ. of Illinois, $250 (9780252037238).
The many and varied religious traditions included in this work are always presented in the context of the confluence of diverse populations living in ever-changing social, political, and economic situations. Both the content and perspective of The Encyclopedia of Caribbean Religions make it a special work. It fills a huge gap left by existing reference sources and, by presenting the scholarship of researchers living and working in the region, truly offers a Caribbean perspective on Caribbean religion.
Encyclopedia of the Mind. 2v. By Harold Pashler. Jan. 2013. 896p. illus. Sage, $175 (9781412950572).
The mind has been covered within works of a differing primary topic, such as philosophy or brain biology, but has not had its own dedicated, comprehensive reference source. This two-volume set is a thorough treatment of a wide array of topics related to the mind. The interdisciplinary approach and inclusion of multiple perspectives allow readers to gain understanding of the complexity of the mind and the different disciplines it reaches across.
Encyclopedia of the U.S. Presidency: A Historical Reference. 6v. Ed. by Nancy Beck Young. Jan. 2013. 3,056p. illus. Facts On File, $550 (9780816067442).
This set distinguishes itself in an already crowded field of reference works covering those who have served as president via excellent organization, presentation, and writing. The superb style of presentation makes this work suitable for students or the interested general reader.
Frogs of the United States and Canada. 2v. By C. Kenneth Dodd Jr. June 2013. 1,032p. illus. Johns Hopkins, $180 (9781421406336).
This comprehensive resource is a boon for those trying to protect amphibians as well as for researchers and anyone studying biodiversity. Coverage includes color photographs and range maps for 106 native and nonindigenous species and detailed information on history and demography, reproduction and diet, landscape ecology and evolution, and more.
A History of Jewish-Muslim Relations from the Origins to the Present Day. Ed. by Abdelwahab Meddeb and Benjamin Stora. Nov. 2013. 1,152p. illus. Princeton, $75 (9780691151274).
The essays presented here provide the general reader with a flavor of the rich Muslim-Jewish relationship since early Islam. Although contemporary media may portray Muslim-Jewish relations from only the perspective of the Palestinian-Israeli lens, this book presents a far deeper and richer relationship between Muslims and Jews in areas that go beyond politics and religion.
The Literature of Propaganda. 3v. Ed. by Thomas Riggs. June 2013. 1,200p. illus. Gale/St. James, $418 (9781558628588).
Across three volumes, propaganda is approached from the angles of groups and individuals producing it, methods used, and effectiveness of the propaganda in achieving its aims. Chapters cover types of propaganda, like appeals and exhortations, indoctrination, and exposés.
Music in American Life: An Encyclopedia of the Songs, Styles, Stars, and Stories That Shaped Our Culture. 4v. Ed. by Jacqueline Edmondson. Oct. 2013. 1,270p. illus. Greenwood, $415 (9780313393471).
This resource sets out to define and explain this synergistic conjunction of music and popular culture and its historic roots. A wide scope of 500 alphabetically arranged entries are devoted to vocalists, songwriters, genres, instruments, and places. These are augmented by a time line of American music, a general bibliography, and a discography of collected works by genre.
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