In compiling this book of essays--six of which are authored by the editors--British historians Morgan and Wynn have relied on their fellow English academics. The first seven chapters follow U.S. history chronologically from 1900 to the present; the remaining deal with specific issues. Morgan is a gifted writer, though his choice of subjects is sometimes curious. His chapters on the 1960s and 1970s contain only one paragraph on Watergate and one sentence on the oil embargoes--events most people living through the time found to be of considerable significance. Jay Kleinber's chapter on women states that women and men do the same work in only a limited number of jobs, disregarding the explosion of the service sector. Neil Wynn's chapters on the 1940s and on African Americans are particularly pedantic and cumbersome. Not recommended as a general library acquisition.-- C. Christopher Pavek, Putnam, Hayes & Bartlett, Inc., Information Ctr., Washington, D.C.