This collection of article reprints, book excerpts, studies, and speeches all pertain to violence in America. Part of The Reference Shelf series, the volume can be obtained by subscription or purchased individually. The sources are diverse in viewpoint and original format. Included are further readings mostly from 1997 periodicals, as well as a list of hotlines and organizations on such topics as domestic violence and abused and runaway children. The book is also well indexed. Divided into four topical sections, each section is prefaced with an editor's note describing how that part of the book fits into the whole and giving an overall summary of the positions presented. Section one discusses the causes and bases of violence, and the role of biology and genes in violent tendencies. Section two describes manifestations of violence such as racism, spousal abuse, and violent crime. Section three focuses on violence as depicted in media and on TV, and section four makes an effort to understand violence and explore ways to alleviate its effects. Violence against women is a main focus. The media is represented as a major influence on violence in society. For the most part, the vocabulary tends to be sophisticated and the sentence structure is complex; this title would be useful for research reports for the older, and better, student. Index. Further Reading. Appendix.