Library JournalDurham (Crime in America, ABC-CLIO, 1996) has done a good job of bringing a large amount of material on Franklin into one useful book. Topics are arranged alphabetically in four categories: Franklin's writings, people important to him, events in which he participated, and his multiple interests. In general, the entries are short and straightforward, geared to readers without much acquaintance with Franklin or 18th-century Anglo-America. There is a good deal of repetition in the entries, as well as some odd formulations, such as Jefferson's being "born to an aristocratic family." Durham offers frequent suggestions for further reading but confines herself generally to primary sources, without noting the latest scholarship. More troubling is her use of Albert Smyth's edition of Franklin's writings for extensive quotation and for the selection of writings included in the book, instead of the modern edition now being edited at Yale. On the whole, however, the book would be an appropriate resource for high school and public libraries.David B. Mattern, Univ. of Virginia, Charlottesville
BooknewsEntries are arranged alphabetically by subject matter and fall into four categories: writings, people, events, and interests. Each entry (typically one page or so, though some are longer) describes and defines the topic, places it in its historical context, and includes cross-references and suggestions for further reading. Contains an introduction, a chronology, and b&w illustrations. For high school students and above, and for general readers. Annotation c. by Book News, Inc., Portland, Or.
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