The Oxford Dictionary of American Quotations

The Oxford Dictionary of American Quotations

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With nearly 6,000 quotations arranged historically and annotated extensively, you'll know not just who said what, but get the full story behind the quote. Follow any of the more than five hundred topics (from Abolition to Zeal) and you will get a nutshell history of what great (and not-so-great) Americans had to say about each one. Quotations are arranged chronologically in each topic, allowing the reader to trace patterns of thought over time. Fully indexed by author (including brief biographical sketches) and keyword, this is an essential reference for anyone interested in the great people and ideas of American history.show more

Product details

  • Hardback | 912 pages
  • 154.94 x 238.76 x 50.8mm | 1,474.17g
  • Oxford University Press Inc
  • New York, United States
  • English
  • Annotated
  • 2nd ed.
  • 0195168232
  • 9780195168235

Review quote

This compilation is one of that special breed of reference books that is both suitable for browsing and satisfactory for ready-reference use. * Booklist * A simply marvelous selection, a tribute to the editors' energy, judgment, and devotion. Keep it on your bedside table, next to a bowl of peanuts. * Leo Rosten * Praise for the first edition: "The Dictionary of American Quotations belongs on every history buff's bookshelf. An invaluable reference guide to better understanding our great nation." -Stephen E. Ambrose A collection of about 6,000 memorable quotations by people from all walks of life on some 500 aspects of American life and culture. * Reference & Research Book News * Most helpfully provides context as well as long-overdue credit. * The Sunday San Diego Union-Tribune * A felicitous feature of this volume is that, unlike other books of quotations, it includes annotations concerning the historical occasion of the quote. * The Sunday Nashville Tennessean * One of the strengths of this compilation is the annotations that set many of the quotations in context and in some cases help correct years of misinterpretation.... Recommended. * Booklist * Recommended. * Choice * Assembled by Margaret Miner and Hugh Rawson...it immediately proved an invaluable resource to the editors here and, when not being consulted in the line of duty, a great pleasure just to read around in. Now the dictionary is back in a revised and enlarged edition...as stimulating and engrossing a reference book as you are likely to find. * American Heritage * The careful editing and thoughtful layout of this work ensures its value as both a reference and a browsing resource. * Choice *show more

About Hugh Rawson

Margaret Miner and Hugh Rawson are also the editors of The New International Dictionary of Quotations, A Dictionary of Quotations from the Bible, and A Dictionary of Quotations from Shakespeare. Hugh is also the author of Wicked Words, Devious Derivations, and Rawson's Dictionary of Euphemisms and Other Doubletalk. They live in Roxbury, Connecticut.show more