Best Reference 2013

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Louis Shores, writing in 1939 in the second edition of his Basic Reference Sources, defined a reference book as “any book which is used to refer to for specific information.” Today’s “Best Reference Sources” can be found in reference and circulating collections, online, accessed on your laptop or iPhone, or even carried in your backpack. Here are the best of the year’s output.

The Nixon Tapes, Perlstein on the Rise of Reagan, & Women in the U.S. Army | Barbara’s Nonfiction Picks, Aug. 2014, Pt. 3

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Brinkley, Douglas & Luke Nichter. The Nixon Tapes. Houghton Harcourt. Aug. 2014. 608p. ISBN 9780544274150. $35; ebk. ISBN 9780544277373. HISTORY Surprisingly, the last of the nearly 4,000 hours’ worth of tapes made by President Nixon was released only last August, and very little of this material has been transcribed and published. CBS News Historian Brinkley […]

Hampton Sides on Arctic Catastrophe, Paul Ryan on His Political Vision, & More | Nonfiction Previews, Aug. 2014, Pt. 3

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Dolnick, Edward. The Rush: America’s Fevered Quest for Fortune, 1848–1855. Little, Brown. Aug. 2014. 368p. ISBN 9780316175685. $28. Downloadable: Hachette Audio. HISTORY As the Edgar Award–winning author of The Rescue Artist and a former chief science writer at the Boston Globe, Dolnick has intriguing credentials for writing this study of the Gold Rush, which tracks […]

Reference Reviews | February 15, 2014

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Reviews of American Civil War: The Definitive Encyclopedia and Document Collection, Sexually Transmitted Disease: An Encyclopedia of Diseases, Prevention, Treatment, and Issues, Mary Ellen Snodgrass’s World Clothing and Fashion: An Encyclopedia of History, Culture, and Social Influence, and a list of titles from the February 15 issue.

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Spring baseball roundup; 22 new titles from the February 15 issue.

Social Sciences Reviews | February 1, 2014

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Reviews of Will Swift’s Pat and Dick: The Nixons, an Intimate Portrait of a Marriage, Carole K. Fink’s Cold War: An International History, Annie Jacobsen’s Operation Paperclip: The Secret Intelligence Program That Brought Nazi Scientists to America, and a list of titles from the February 1 issue.

Reference Reviews | February 1, 2014

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Reviews of Anthony Lo Bello’s Origins of Mathematical Words: A Comprehensive Dictionary of Latin, Greek, and Arabic Roots, Music in American Life: An Encyclopedia of the Songs, Styles, Stars, and Stories That Shaped Our Culture, and a list of titles from the February 1 issue.

Andrew Cuomo, the Mona Lisa, & Fashion Kings Alexander McQueen & John Galliano | Barbara’s Nonfiction Picks, Aug. 2014, Pt. 2

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Cuomo, Andrew. All Things Possible: Setbacks and Success in Politics and Life. Harper. Aug. 2014. 384p. ISBN 9780062300089. $28.99; ebk. ISBN 9780062300096. POD: Harper Audio. MEMOIR Cuomo isn’t just the 56th governor of New York, as well as a former New York attorney general and U.S. Secretary of Housing and Urban Development. He’s also the […]

Social Sciences Reviews | January 2014

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Reviews of Myra MacPherson’s The Scarlet Sisters, Brad Edmondson’s Ice Cream Social, John Demos’s The Heathen School, and a list of titles from the January issue.

Nonfiction Previews, Jul. 2014, Pt. 1: Nixon’s Defense, the Victorian City, & More

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Abbott, Karen. Liar, Temptress, Soldier, Spy: Four Women Undercover in the Civil War. Harper. Jul. 2014. 368p. ISBN 9780062092892. $26.99; ebk. ISBN 9780062092915. HISTORY Belle Boyd, courier and spy for the Confederate army. Emma Edmonds, who cut her hair and enlisted as a man in the Union Army. Beautiful widow Rose O’Neale Greenhow, whose affairs […]

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