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According to WorldCat, Reef has edited some 40 books ranging from biography to American history to physical fitness. While the "American Experience" series is touted by Facts On File as new and focusing on social and economic themes throughout U.S. history, both of the volumes reviewed here are strikingly similar to entries in the publisher's longstanding "Eyewitness History" series, which is designed to highlight important periods and events in U.S. history. Indeed, Reef's previous Working in America: An Eyewitness History(2000) contains exactly the same chapters as Working in America: The American Experience, titles and all. This is not to say that useful updates are not apparent in the latter title. Workingsports a new "Graphs and Tables Appendix" and, where appropriate, new information has been included. For example, the years 1917-99 are surveyed in the "Eyewitness" edition in the chapter titled "The Labor Movement in Growth and Decline," and coverage is extended through 2006 in the "Experience" volume. This is the case with three other chapters, too. Somewhat oddly, the "Experience" volume ceases coverage of "The Cowboy" at 1886, but in the "Eyewitness" chapter, coverage spans 1840-1904. On the other hand, there is no earlier exact equivalent of Poverty in America, which appears to be a conglomeration of many other titles that Reef has produced for the publisher. Both volumes are arranged in the familiar and accessible Facts On File format. Every essay concludes with a mass of relevant, context-laden quotations culled from a variety of sources. The indexes are thorough, the biographical blurbs useful.