Peoplepedia: The Ultimate Reference on the American People

Peoplepedia: The Ultimate Reference on the American People

by Les Krantz, Jim McCormick
     
 

In The Peoplepedia, Les Krantz and Jim McCormick focus on the intimate and specific characteristics of the American people, providing a riveting portrait of who we are and how we see ourselves, as individuals and as a nation. Who are the most respected professionals in their field, and how can you contact them? How many people live in mobile homes, nursing homes, and…  See more details below

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In The Peoplepedia, Les Krantz and Jim McCormick focus on the intimate and specific characteristics of the American people, providing a riveting portrait of who we are and how we see ourselves, as individuals and as a nation. Who are the most respected professionals in their field, and how can you contact them? How many people live in mobile homes, nursing homes, and jails? What is the demographic makeup of our newest immigrants? What percentage of Americans are Hindu? Have graduated from college? Are single parents? Speak Japanese? How do we feel about our current government? The price of food? Our relatives? Find out in The Peoplepedia!

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School Library Journal
Gr 7 Up-Using sources as varied as Gallup polls and Beverage Industry Magazine, The Peoplepedia offers statistical snapshots of American life. Part one, "The American Mindset," presents popular opinions on subjects ranging from baseball to women in work. Part two, "The American Collective," presents clusters of facts about education, pastimes, possessions, religion, the workplace, and other broad categories. Data ranges from the very useful (food-stamp fraud and teen pregnancy) to the trivial (BBQs, blondes, and boat ownership). Parts one and two might be used as a quick statistical fix, or to answer curveball questions. However, each topic is reviewed in less than a page, and much of the information that could be used to answer homework questions can also be found in standard resources like the World Almanac and the Statistical Abstract of the U.S. Section three, "Notable Americans," lists 1350 influential individuals in 21 fields. The coverage is patchy, including photographers but not sports figures, and Mayor Marion Barry of Washington, D.C., but not Rudolph Giuliani of NYC. Current Biography or Who's Who offers more detailed information about many of the people listed here. The Peoplepedia is simply written and much more accessible than statistical tables. However, it is dry and illustrated with lifeless black-and-white photos, which make it less interesting to browse than the Guinness Book of World Records. It may fill some reference nooks and crannies, but is not a must-buy.-Lawrence Kapture, New York Public Library

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780805037272
Publisher:
Holt, Henry & Company, Inc.
Publication date:
02/29/2000
Series:
Henry Holt Reference Book Ser.
Edition description:
1st ed
Pages:
88
Product dimensions:
7.66(w) x 9.57(h) x 1.52(d)

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