This is one of few sources of biographical data for the former USSR where the entries were compiled by the biographees themselves. Edited by a journalist and a former diplomat, the book contains more than 1,000 biographies. While its coverage is less extensive than that of "Who's Who in Russia Today: A Biographical Dictionary of More Than 2,100 Individuals from the Russian Federation (Saur, 1994), the main personalities in Russian politics and culture are present. That the entries were composed by the subjects themselves ensures greater accuracy of information but also accounts for omissions in some articles. A typical entry provides position, birthplace, nationality, education, career, major works, family, and contact information. The introductory material clarifies typically Russian terms, such as "nationality", that would be confusing for an American. The transliteration system used is adequate, and translations of publication and organization names that would be difficult to understand are always included. Since the entries provide some retrospective information, they show how many people who held high positions under the communist regime preserved their influence in the new Russian system
The introductory article titled "Understanding the New Russia" gives a clear, concise, and comprehensive picture of the new Russian reality. The introduction describes the tumultuous events of the late 1980searly 1990s and their consequences, using language and parallels that are meaningful for a Western reader. The book contains four appendixes: an index by occupation, an index by organization or government affiliation, a list of recipients of awards, and an index of works by the subjects. The indexing principles used in the appendixes are inadequate. In the first appendix, athletes and coaches are listed under "Athletes", "Coaches", "Olympics", "Gymnastics", and "Sports Consultant". Well-known performers such as M. Pletnev (pianist) and V. Spivakov (violinist) are listed as "Art Directors". Listings by organization are not very helpful because of the lack of consistency in the system of headings that ranges from a position title ("All-Armenias," "Chief Catholic Patriarch" ) to an organization's name ("Academy of Medical Sciences" ) to a country's name ("Azerbaijan Republic" )
Although it is impossible to include all the outstanding individuals in such a large country in one book, it is important to note that "Who's Who in Russia and the CIS Republics" does not provide equal coverage of all professions and geographic areas. Editors of numerous publications, such as "Krestyanka" ("Country Woman" ), represent one of the biggest categories, while the scientific community and younger politicians are underrepresented. The coverage for CIS republics is fragmentary, and some personalities from the Baltic republics that are not members of the CIS are included, which may be misleading for readers
"Who's Who in Russia and the CIS Republics" provides much-needed up-to-date information about many aspects of Russian life. It will be a valuable addition to the collections of academic and large public libraries and will be useful for companies with business interests in Russia and the CIS republics
This CD-ROM cumulation of the annual" Women's Studies Index" ["RBB" Ap 15 91] indexes approximately 40,000 articles from 83 periodicals published between 1988 and 1993. It is updated semiannually and covers a wide spectrum of scholarly journals ("Journal of Marriage and the Family"), feminist periodicals ("Ms."), and popular women's magazines ("Ladies' Home Journal"). Updated discs are cumulative
"Women's Studies on Disc" runs on IBM-compatible computers under DOS. It can run directly from the CD-ROM drive or can be installed on a menu or network system. Local-area-network licensing is free, but wide-area network or remote dial-up access requires a separate license. The database can be searched using keywords, with truncation and Boolean operators, or using the indexes: name, title, subject, source, date, or anyword. The latter searches a specific word across all of the indexes. Items include articles, book and film reviews, and obituaries. The function keys move the user through a search. There are clear on-screen instructions as well as help screens. Users can retrieve only citations; there is no full text, but the data can be sorted, saved, and/or printed easily. The display format can be customized
Although it lacks the annotations contained in "Women's Studies Abstracts," the broad range of publications indexed in "Women's Studies on Disc" makes it a useful source for academic and large public libraries where there is a strong interest in women's studies.
A reference that charts the sea changes in the region by providing some 1,000 current biographical entries on the most important men and women throughout the Commonwealth of Independent States, including political leaders and decision makers, military commanders, scientists, prominent religious figures, businesspeople, artists and entertainers, educators, sports stars, and journalists, among others. Each entry includes the person's education, career, political affiliation, publications, hobbies, and, in most cases, address and phone number. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)