American National Biography

American National Biography : 24 volumes

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American National Biography is the first new comprehensive biographical dictionary focused on American history to be published in more than 60 years, and it is the largest reference project ever undertaken by OUP-USA. In chronological scope, the ANB ranges from the time of the earliest recorded European explorations up to the very recent past. The approximately 17,500 historical figures who are profiled come from virtually all walks of life. The ANB is destined to be the standard reference work of its kind well into the twenty-first century.
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  • Hardback | 22968 pages
  • 416.6 x 561.3 x 398.8mm | 50,689.54g
  • Oxford, United Kingdom
  • English
  • 0195206355
  • 9780195206357

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the ANB's biographies of 'great men' have not lost much by being leaner, and this has allowed for many more biographies of lesser figures. The decision of the ANB's editors to shorten the longer entries and lengthen the shorter ones was eminently wise./ Gordon S. Wood, Professor of History at Brown University, TLS, 30/04/99. Not since putting a man on the moon has an American organization undertaken such an ambitious project ...These volumes are an absorbing panorama of the long, colourful American parade ... they naturally belong in schools and libraries, and the succinct bibliographies that appear at the end of each entry are a scholar's feast ... the essays are well written and often entertaining, and the Biography would be perfectly suitable for the beside table were it not for the
weight. The pages are strewn with little nuggets ... American National Biography represents such a colossal effort ... its publication now is indeed something to celebrate * Raymond Seitz, The Times, * This definitive, authoritative, and comprehensive biographical dictionary presenting the lives that have directly or indirectly shaped the life of the United States is the product of a decade of the most recent historical scholarly writing, editing, and editorial development. ... it is a publishing event of national significance that will be of interest not only to historians and a general audience but also to scientists, chemists, chemical educators, and historians
of science. * George B. Kauffman, The Chemical Educator, Vol 5, No 4. *
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