Library JournalSimilar in concept as well as title to John Garraty's 1,001 Things Everyone Should Know About American History ( LJ 4/1/89), this volume continues the present fast-food approach to digesting American history. Here 200 events, arranged chronologically from ``Leif Ericson Explores Vinland'' to ``The Cold War Ends,'' are described with the hopes of creating a ``usable past'' rather than a continuous narrative of facts. Some headings, such as ``George Washington Carver Invents Peanut Butter,'' may trivialize the broader sociological discussions that follow. Each entry consists of a brief statement of the event followed by a historical overview of its import and influence on American thought and culture. These range in length from a few paragraphs to a few pages and are cogently written, concisely thorough, and admirably informative. A nine-page select bibliography concludes the volume. Despite its attractive price tag, this book should be viewed merely as a starting point for answers to specific questions on American history. (Index not seen.)-- James Moffet, Baldwin P.L., Birmingham, Mich.
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