Reference Reviews, March 15, 2012

Napoleoni, Loretta. 10 Years That Shook the World: A Timeline of Events from 2001. Seven Stories. Mar. 2012. c.192p. bibliog. ISBN 9781609804121. pap. $12.95. REF

Napoleoni (Rogue Economics: Capitalism’s New Reality) covers the people, events, and other factors‚ such as the growth of social media, developments in science and technology, new economic policies, and environmental concerns‚ that have shaped the past decade, aiming primarily, as she states in the preface, to show how the decade that began in 2001 has profoundly changed the world, setting in motion what Steve Jobs called ‚Äòdigital lifestyle.’ Organized by year and spanning the September 11, 2001, al-Qaeda attacks on the United States to the tsunami that devastated the Japanese island of Honshu in 2011, the entries each open with a summary of the year’s key happenings and then list events according to global importance, not necessarily in rigid chronological order. Each year’s At a Glance section offers useful data including world GDP, federal debt, unemployment figures, food price index, and oil price per barrel. An extensive bibliography concludes the book. VERDICT This fresh look at a tumultuous period in American history is a worthwhile purchase for high school, public, and academic libraries.‚ Bobbie Wrinkle, McCracken Cty. P.L., Paducah, KY

African American Poets. 270p. ISBN 9781429836456.
Avant-Garde Poets. 264p. ISBN 9781429836463.
British Renaissance Poets. 271p. ISBN 9781429836579.
Eastern European Poets. 306p. ISBN 9781429836685.
Experimental Poets. 272p. ISBN 9781429836487.
Gay and Lesbian Themes. 257p. ISBN 9781429836500.
Italian Poets. 4th ed. 257p. ISBN 9781429836623.
Romantic Poets. 4th ed. 262p. ISBN 9781429836555.
Surrealist Poets. 4th ed.280p. ISBN 9781429836548 .
ea. vol.: Salem. (Critical Survey of Poetry). 2011. ed. by Rosemary M. Canfield Reisman. photogs. bibliog. index. pap. $29.95. Online: Salem Literature database REF

In 2011, Salem published the fourth edition of its Critical Survey of Poetry (LJ 5/15/11), in 14 volumes and some 6500 pages, at a price of $1295 (which includes access to the Salem Literature Online database). Here, Reisman (English, Charleston Southern Univ.; Contemporary Southern Men Fiction Writers) gathers the lengthy entries on individual poets into two dozen paperback volumes that treat specific movements in poetry, poets from specific countries or ethnic or religious backgrounds, and those whose work has centered on specific themes or approaches. While the selection of writers in some volumes‚ each contains a couple dozen or so‚ could be questioned (aren’t many poets visionary or experimental?), readers will encounter in others, e.g., African American Poets, the figures they would expect to be included. Many volumes begin with essays from the 2011 work; others feature new introductions. Some of the new introductions unfortunately fail to pull together a narrative that unites the poets, while a few that are taken from the earlier work are more general and appropriate but fail to mention individual poets (the otherwise excellent introductory essay in Gay and Lesbian Themes addresses queer theory but mentions no poets). VERDICT Public and high school libraries that do not have a need‚ or budget‚ for the complete Critical Survey yet have class assignments or other frequent questions on specific types of poets‚ beat, African American, feminist, etc.‚ may want to purchase volumes from this set as valuable reference tools or as circulating material. Larger public and academic libraries can add these as circulating volumes to complement their Critical Survey reference sets.‚ Marcia Welsh, Dartmouth Coll., Hanover, NH

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General Reference

The World Almanac and Book of Facts 2012. World Almanac Books. 2011. c.1008p. ed. by Sarah Janssen. photogs. ISBN 9781600571473. $34.95; pap. ISBN 9781600571480. $12.99. REF


Political Science

Epstein, Lee & others. The Supreme Court Compendium. 5th ed. CQ Pr. 2011. 864p. index. ISBN 9781608717439. $175. Online: CQ Press Electronic Library REF

Leiter, Richard A. & Roy M. Mersky. Landmark Supreme Court Cases: The Most Influential Decisions of the Supreme Court of the United States. 2d ed. 3 vols. Facts on File. 2011. 1200p. bibliog. index. ISBN 9780816069576. $250. Online: Infobase eBooks REF

Peacemaking: From Practice to Theory. 2 vols. Praeger Security. 2011. 873p. ed. by Susan Allen Nan & others. bibliog. index. ISBN 9780313375767. $189. Online: ABC-CLIO eBook Collection REF

Wolf, Michael Allan. The Supreme Court and the Environment: The Reluctant Protector. SAGE. 2011. 490p. bibliog. index. ISBN 9780872899759. $135. Online: SAGE Reference Online REF


MacNair, Rachel M. The Psychology of Peace: An Introduction. 2d ed. Praeger. 2011. 268p. bibliog. index. ISBN 9780313397233. $48. Online: ABC-CLIO eBook Collection REF


Chryssides, George D. Historical Dictionary of New Religious Movements. 2d ed. Scarecrow. 2012. 416p. bibliog. index. ISBN 9780810861947. $ 80. Online: NetLibrary, Overdrive, MyiLibrary, EBL, & Questia REF

Social Sciences

Encyclopedia of Adolescence. 3 vols. Academic. 2011. 1294p. ed. by B. Bradford Brown & Mitchell J. Prinstein. illus. index. ISBN 9780123739155. $1175. REF

The Middle East: A Guide to Politics, Economics, Society, and Culture. 2 vols. M.E. Sharpe. 2011. 641p. ed. by Barry Rubin. illus. bibliog. index. ISBN 9780765680945. $299. REF

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