YA-- This volume covers Alaska, Arizona, California, Hawaii, Idaho, Nevada, Oregon, Washington, and Utah, as well as several islands in the Pacific. Information is at times brief and in other instances quite lengthy and thorough. Illustrations are plentiful. Unfortunately, the format is rather unappealing; the black-and-white photographs are not particularly good. However, the maps, state seals, and other illustrations are nicely done.
Some 2,500 alphabetical entries cover a geographical range from Arizona to Alaska to Hawaii, and encompass a diversity of regional facets including history, people, culture, geography, industry, natural history, economy, and politics. Many b&w illustrations. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)