Library JournalThe latest addition to Facts On File's "Eyewitness History" series offers a look at the last decade of the 20th century, when the World Wide Web was launched and Congress impeached the President. As there is no volume in this series dedicated to the 1980s, Schwartz (English, Florida International Univ.; Cold War Reference Guide), the editor of several reference works on the 20th century, first puts this volume in context with an extensive overview of the previous decade. Each remaining chapter is dedicated to a single year and examines such topics as world affairs, domestic politics, business, environment, science, arts, literature, sports, and popular culture. There is an introductory chapter, a detailed chronology, and a section of notable quotations for each year. Appendixes with primary-source documents (e.g., Clarence Thomas's Senate confirmation testimony); demographic tables, maps, and graphs; 90 black-and-white photographs and illustrations; and 20 capsule biographies of key figures are useful. Bottom Line Gale's American Decades: 1990-1999 (2001), which has additional chapters on fashion, medicine, education, and religion, is arranged topically instead of chronologically, making it easier to browse; Schwartz's work contains longer narratives. The 1990s is a fine source for most libraries, but those already owning American Decades need not purchase it.-Patricia Arrington, Peabody Inst. Lib., Danvers, MA Copyright 2006 Reed Business Information.
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