With nearly 6,000 quotations arranged historically and annotated extensively, you'll know not just who said what, but get the full story behind the quote. Follow any of the more than five hundred topics (from Abolition to Zeal) and you will get a nutshell history of what great (and not-so-great) Americans had to say about each one. Quotations are arranged chronologically in each topic, allowing the reader to trace patterns of thought over time.
Fully indexed by author (including brief biographical sketches) and keyword, this is an essential reference for anyone interested in the great people and ideas of American history.
Margaret Miner and Hugh Rawson are also the editors of The New International Dictionary of Quotations, A Dictionary of Quotations from the Bible, and A Dictionary of Quotations from Shakespeare. Hugh is also the author of Wicked Words, Devious Derivations, and Rawson's Dictionary of Euphemisms and Other Doubletalk. They live in Roxbury, Connecticut.
"The careful editing and thoughtful layout of this work ensures its value as both a reference and a browsing resource."--Choice
"Assembled by Margaret Miner and Hugh Rawson...it immediately proved an invaluable resource to the editors here and, when not being consulted in the line of duty, a great pleasure just to read around in. Now the dictionary is back in a revised and enlarged edition...as stimulating and engrossing a reference book as you are likely to find." --American Heritage
"This compilation is one of that special breed of reference books that is both suitable for browsing and satisfactory for ready-reference use."--Booklist
"Most helpfully provides context as well as long-overdue credit."--The Sunday San Diego Union-Tribune
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