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The Eighties in America (Hardback)

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ISBN 10: 1587654199 / ISBN 13: 9781587654190
Edité par Salem Press Inc, United States, 2008
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Language: English . Brand New Book. This work offers a comprehensive coverage of the impact of the 1980 s on the United States and Canada.Reagan, AIDS, the Challenger disaster, MTV, Yuppies, Who Shot J.R.? . The Eighties in America examines the iconic personalities and moments of this pivotal decade.This fully illustrated, three-volume encyclopedia is a companion set to The Sixties in America , The Fifties in America , and The Seventies in America . It covers events, movements, people, and trends in popular culture, literature, art, sports, science, technology, economics, and politics in both the United States and Canada.The set s 665 articles discuss people, books, films, television series, musical groups, and other important topics representative of that era. Every entry focuses on the topic or person during the 1980 s closely examining what made the decade unique.Written with the needs of students and general readers in mind, The Eighties in America presents clear discussions of its topics, explaining terms and references that may be unfamiliar. Entries fall into the many general categories, including arts and literature, business and economics, crime and punishment, education, environmental issues, film and television, health and medical issues, international relations, journalism, military and war, politics and government, popular culture, popular music, religion and spirituality, science and technology, sexuality, social issues, sports, and transportation.Essays are 1-6 pages long and begin with a concise title followed by a brief description of the person, organization, work, concept, or event. Further headings attribute authorship, establish a date for the subject, and assign a location.Every essay features an Impact section, which examines the subject s broader importance during the 1980 s. Overviews sometimes include a section called Subsequent Events that sums up later developments. Cross-references at the end of each essay direct readers to additional entries in the encyclopedia on related subjects. Every entry offers bibliographical notes, and annotations are provided in essays of 1,000 words or more.Volume 3 contains 16 appendixes that provide additional information about selected aspects of the decade: major films, Academy Award winners, most-watched television shows, best-selling U. S. books and major literary awards; Grammy Award winners and notable facts about popular musicians; winners of major sports events; major U.S. Supreme Court decisions and important legislation; a glossary of new words and slang; a detailed time line; an annotated general bibliography; and an annotated list of Web sources on 1980 s subjects. N° de réf. du libraire FLT9781587654190

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Titre : The Eighties in America (Hardback)

Éditeur : Salem Press Inc, United States

Date d'édition : 2008

Reliure : Hardback

Etat du livre : New

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'The Eighties in America' offers comprehensive coverage of the impact of the 1980s on the United States and Canada. The book covers events, movements, people, and trends in popular culture, literature, art, sports, science, technology, economics, and politics in both the United States and Canada.

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Allowing the user to “explore the original web of correspondence . . . between the founders of the modern world and their friends and families,” Electronic Enlightenment is a wonderful primary resource covering the so-called long 18th century. At its foundation is full-text correspondence drawn from 32 source editions. These include Descartes’ The Correspondence (Cambridge, 1991); The Letters of Daniel Defoe (Oxford, 1955); The Correspondence of John Locke (Oxford, 1976–); Correspondance complète de Jean Jacques Rousseau (Voltaire Foundation, 1965–98); and Voltaire’s Correspondence and Related Documents (Voltaire Foundation, 1968–). A research project of the Bodleian Library and the Humanities Division of the University of Oxford, Electronic Enlightenment currently provides access to more than 53,000 letters from nearly 6,000 correspondents as well as links to Blackwood’s Magazine, Cambridge Companions Online, Dictionnaire de l’Académie francaise, Oxford Dictionary of National Biography, and numerous other resources. Retrieval is easy and help always available via a Help tab with context-sensitive page tips and listing of all page tips plus general advice. The various search screens also have brief tips on the screen. The most powerful search (Full Search) allows searches by keyword and by author of the correspondence as well as by recipient, date, and place of origin and destination. Given the inexact information on many of the original documents, the user is also encouraged to use the browse searches by correspondent’s last name as well as by decade. A language limitation would be a useful addition, since letters are available in their original languages (currently, English and French, with Italian and German to be added). The way retrieved documents are handled could be a template that publishers of similar works would be wise to follow. Clicking on a document link from search results brings one to a screen that displays the full text along with a Meta bar on the left that includes, in addition to the writer, the recipient, and the source, links to textual and editorial notes (such as footnotes in the original or footnotes added for this electronic version) and a View Citation link, which provides two formats: the so-called EE style and MLA. At the top of the document page are tabs that are enabled when necessary: Document (the default), Enclosures, Related Docs, Versions, and Parent Docs. If there is a translation, for example, the Versions tab will be enabled, with a link to the document in the database that is translated. Documents are in markup language as opposed to PDF, which provides quicker retrieval. Any illustrations are included with the text, though in at least one case they were not aligned properly on the page and appeared in front of the text. One minor complaint: footnotes (which are clickable and open in a separate window) are not reproduced in the “printer-friendly” layout. Instead, one must click the Editorial Notes hyperlink on the left to open a separate window for the text of all the notes. To support the letters, the site provides some background and context. For each letter writer, there is a page with biographical information (sometimes very brief, depending on how much is known). Tabs on the page lead to a hyperlinked list of the person’s correspondents as well as to links to relevant letters on the site. Though clearly only of use to academic and large public libraries that cater to researchers in this discipline, this is a landmark work at a reasonable price (starting at $1,595). Currently, with the exception of the University of Toronto Press, all publishers are based in the UK: Cambridge, Edinburgh University Press, Voltaire Foundation, and, of course, OUP. However, a page detailing new content being prepared for inclusion lists several additional publishers, including some American university presses. Oxford is attempting to get other publishers on board and has wisely opted to have cooperating publishers enter into nonexclusive agreements with the project to encourage involvement. Oxford is also inviting the user community to contribute whenever possible (see Reference on the Web: Community of Enlightenment). A good project with a wonderful publication model that, we hope, will work. Certainly, the future of any similar projects to come can be based on the outstanding model Oxford has provided. (Last accessed November 19, 2008.) --Ken Black

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