The U. S. A. Book of Lists: The Ultimate Compendium of All Things American


The U.S.A. Book of Lists is a browsing book, an historical companion, and an argument settler. Here, you'll find hundreds of lists--ranging from foods invented in America to facts about the Salem witch trials. The lists provide details and information in an irresistible format that readers will eagerly embrace and that will keep them turning pages.

In addition to hundreds and hundreds of facts presented in list form, the book also includes a ...
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The U.S.A. Book of Lists is a browsing book, an historical companion, and an argument settler. Here, you'll find hundreds of lists--ranging from foods invented in America to facts about the Salem witch trials. The lists provide details and information in an irresistible format that readers will eagerly embrace and that will keep them turning pages.

In addition to hundreds and hundreds of facts presented in list form, the book also includes a collection of brief American biographies-brief yet complete biographical profiles of 300 notable Americans, ranging from the noble-Rosa Parks-to the notorious-Al Capone-and including military leaders, politicians, explorers, writers, civil rights leaders, composers, Native Americans, inventors, scientists, and more.

You'll find entire sections on all 50 states, plus lists on:
-All the presidents, and on the presidency itself.
-America's western expansion.
-The USA space program.
-The world of America's arts and popular culture.
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Editorial Reviews

The 100 Best Poems of All Time? Why not? Although every list like this is controversial, the selections here seem as good as any. They are thoughtful, varied, and vast in scope, inclusive in both material and style. Chronologically arranged, the collection starts with an excerpt from The Iliad and ends with Maya Angelou's "I Still Rise." The variety of work is impressive. It includes populist pieces like "This Land Is Your Land" and "Battle Hymn of the Republic" next to the classics of Chaucer and Shakespeare. It embraces the holy, with "Psalm 23" and an excerpt from "The Song of Songs," and the nonsensical "Jabberwocky." It ranges from the objectivism of Williams' "The Red Wheelbarrow" to the confessional tones of Sexton and Plath, from the metaphysical poetry of Donne to the beat work of Ginsberg. It contains everything from translations of Li Po and Lorca and Neruda to the very American "Harlem [Dream Deferred]" by Langston Hughes. It seems to especially relish the spoken word, including pieces like "The Cremation of Sam McGee" and "Casey at the Bat," but it also takes in the contemplative "Stopping by Woods on a Snowy Evening." Each of the poems is introduced by a concise yet interesting and helpful comment from the editor that helps this collection function as both an overview of and an initiation into the world of poetry through the ages. A debatable title? Certainly! But as good and varied a collection as any basic and general poetry anthology could hope to be. KLIATT Codes: SA—Recommended for senior high school students, advanced students, and adults. 2001, Warner, 189p. index., $11.95. Ages 16 to adult. Reviewer: James Beschta; English Teacher, Quabbin Reg. H.S.,Barre, MA , September 2001 (Vol. 35 No. 5)
With topics ranging from 132 notable American writers to 65 ridiculous America sex laws, this book coins itself a browsing book, a historical companion and an argument settler. Written in an informative, readable format, the author has created a book designed to be picked up again and again, with information spread through useful lists (153 state websites and phone numbers, the 10 articles of the Bill of Rights) and trivial lists (9 bearded or mustachioed U.S. Presidents, 7 strange American car names, or the 57 varieties of Heinz condiments). Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781564144843
  • Publisher: Career Press, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 11/28/2000
  • Pages: 1
  • Product dimensions: 7.02 (w) x 9.96 (h) x 0.50 (d)

Table of Contents

Introduction: The U.S.A. Book of Lists 9
Chapter 1 The 10 Articles of the Bill of Rights 10
Chapter 2 The Order the 50 States Joined the Union 13
Chapter 3 The 10 Greatest American Speeches 15
Chapter 4 41 Significant Differences Between 1900 and 2000 in America 32
Chapter 5 7 Strange American Car Names 34
Chapter 6 23 Native American Contributions to U.S. Culture 36
Chapter 7 28 Retired Hurricane Names 37
Chapter 8 40 UFO Sightings Made by U.S. Military Personnel 39
Chapter 9 64 Sights to See in Washington D.C. 45
Chapter 10 197 Nicknames of 39 American Presidents 47
Chapter 11 5 Really Big American Deserts 51
Chapter 12 The Alma Maters of 19 U.S. Presidents 52
Chapter 13 2 Formerly "Gay" U.S. Locales 54
Chapter 14 10 American Nobel Prize Winners for Literature 55
Chapter 15 The 9 Most Devastating American Earthquakes 57
Chapter 16 14 Important Supreme Court Decisions Concerning Religion 59
Chapter 17 34 Civil War Firsts 62
Chapter 18 31 Peculiar American Tourist Attractions 65
Chapter 19 65 Ridiculous American Sex Laws 68
Chapter 20 132 Notable American Writers 71
Chapter 21 The Vietnam War by the Numbers 74
Chapter 22 The 4 Most Performed Plastic Surgeries in the United States 78
Chapter 23 The 9 Worst Aircraft Disasters in the United States 79
Chapter 24 2 Different Rankings of America's Presidents 81
Chapter 25 99 Books Written by U.S. Presidents 84
Chapter 26 18 Historic Assassinations and Assassination Attempts 89
Chapter 27 The Presidential Chain of Succession 91
Chapter 28 The 46 Wives of U.S. Presidents 92
Chapter 29 The 132 Children of Presidents 94
Chapter 30 18 Cases of Miraculous Religious Phenomena 105
Chapter 31 42 Interesting Things You May Not Have Known About America's Presidents 108
Chapter 32 13 Myths About the Vietnam War 112
Chapter 33 9 Bearded or Mustachioed U.S. Presidents 118
Chapter 34 The 11 Busiest U.S. Airports 119
Chapter 35 The 11 Things Americans Spend Most of Their Money On 120
Chapter 36 51 State Mottoes 123
Chapter 37 63 State Nicknames 125
Chapter 38 The 13 Intolerable Acts the British Parliament Passed that Drove the American Colonists to Revolt 127
Chapter 39 16 Connecticut Blue Laws 129
Chapter 40 The First Person Born in America 130
Chapter 41 The Ethnic Origins of 248 Million Americans 131
Chapter 42 The 30 States With a Coastline 132
Chapter 43 The 50 Greatest American TV Characters According to TV Guide 133
Chapter 44 The 56 Major Religious Denominations in America 135
Chapter 45 51 State Birds 137
Chapter 46 The Occupations of the 56 Signers of the Declaration of Independence 138
Chapter 47 Special Guest Contributor: Paul Revere's Own Account of His Midnight Ride 140
Chapter 48 The 75 Most Expensive 4-Year Colleges and Universities in America 143
Chapter 49 The Capital Cities of the 50 United States 146
Chapter 50 45 Major Conflicts of the Civil War 147
Chapter 51 Heinz's 57 Varieties 150
Chapter 52 30 Outrageous Things Presidents Have Said About Each Other 152
Chapter 53 The 167 Patents of Thomas Edison 154
Chapter 54 12 Strange Patented American Inventions 160
Chapter 55 The Religious Affiliations of U.S. Presidents 162
Chapter 56 The Last Words of 20 U.S. Presidents 164
Chapter 57 The Causes of Death of 36 U.S. Presidents 166
Chapter 58 51 State Flowers 173
Chapter 59 36 Presidential Burial Places 174
Chapter 60 14 Vice Presidents Who Became President 175
Chapter 61 Presidential Libraries, Museums, and National Archives 177
Chapter 62 The 20 Most Prescribed Drugs in the United States 184
Chapter 63 153 State Web Sites and Phone Numbers 185
Chapter 64 Internet Research Web Sites 188
Chapter 65 192 Really Smart Things Said by U.S. Presidents 192
Chapter 66 18 Code Names for NASA's Apollo Command/Service and Lunar Modules 203
Chapter 67 The 10 States that Pollute the Most 204
Chapter 68 The 20 Most Popular Breeds of Dogs in the United States 205
Chapter 69 7 Coins That Are No Longer Minted 206
Chapter 70 The Leading U.S. Businesses in 47 Categories 207
Chapter 71 The Presidential Master Reference Table 209
Chapter 72 351 American Firsts and Other Accomplishments 211
Index 235
About the Author 239
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