Biography is an endlessly fascinating subject for a wide variety of readers. The Cambridge Dictionary of American Biography is the most up-to-date and comprehensive, single-volume, biographical reference of living and dead Americans available. The book contains 9,000 entries written for general readers in fluid narrative style. Each entry is self-contained and does not assume any historic or geographic knowledge. What sets this book apart is its breadth of coverage--living and dead, famous and forgotten American figures, of diverse careers, from colonial times to the present day--and its attention to women and minority groups. The Dictionary has been originally compiled--not derived from older work--with the help of over one-hundred consultants. It also contains two exceptionally useful indexes: one by occupation and the other by names mentioned in the entries (whether or not they are entries themselves). The Cambridge Dictionary of American Biography is written for anyone interested in owning an eminently readable reference to living contemporaries and their achievements as well as to historically important figures. John Bowman, an accomplished author and editor, has been assisted by an editoral board of distinguished American scholars.
"A comprehensive biographical dictionary that should fast become a standard reference because of its broad inclusion. Highly recommended." Reference Book Review "The publisher and editor deserve commendation for offering such a wide cross section of occupation holders. Here are criminals, judges and legal scholars, financiers, musicians, social activists, manufacturers and inventors, athletes and coaches, writers, and soldiers...this is the best one-volume biographical dictionary on the market today, and is strongly recommended for all libraries." ARBA "...both a valuable addition to existing American biographical dictionaries and a summary of individuals currently deemed important to the development of American society...Based on overall coverage and quality, this work is recommended for all libraries." Library Journal "...libraries will want to add this work to their collections..." Booklist/Reference Books Bulletin "...recent additions and wider scope make it worth purchasing..." School Library Journal "...consciously addresses the gender, racial, and ethnic balance lacking in previous dictionaries and not only includes traditionally important fields such as politics and the military but also emphasizes artists, scientists, financiers, social reformers, etc., and does not neglect the infamous... Editor Bowman succeeds in his goal to provide accurate information in a ready reference form for nonspecialists. Recommended for public and undergraduate academic libraries." Choice "I am impressed by the variety of occupations represented...Libraries...definitely should purchase this work...Highly recommended." Book Report "A must-have for the generalist reference collection." Reference and Research Book News