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Children's LiteratureAn addition to the "World Almanac Library of American Government" series, this volume focuses on the fundamental documents that frame government activity, the roles of Federal agencies, and the organizations that influence the government: political parties, media, and lobbyists. Illustrations, drawn from current news sources, archival material, and political cartooning enliven and convey information. Occasional pie charts and graphs extend ideas within the text and provide interpretative discussion material such as two lists, one of the contributions of major industries to each political party and the circulation of major U.S. Daily newspapers. Frequent sidebars introduce related ideas such as biased news reporting, special interests and ways they work the system, third party candidates and Eugene V. Debs's socialist campaign and its outcomes. Each volume features a separate timeline of important events, a glossary, other sources of information, and an index. All in all, it is a clearly written and well-laid out volume. 2004, World Almanac Library, Ages 11 to 14.
—Susan Hepler, Ph.D.