American National Biography
Edited by John A. Garraty and Mark C. Carnes
Reviews and Awards
Winner of the 1999 Dartmouth Medal awarded by the American Library Association for "outstanding quality and significance" in current reference work
This definitive, authoritative, and comprehensive biographical dictionary presenting the lives that have directly or indirectly shaped the life of the United States is the product of a decade of the most recent historical scholarly writing, editing, and editorial development. ... it is a publishing event of national significance that will be of interest not only to historians and a general audience but also to scientists, chemists, chemical educators, and historians of science. - George B. Kauffman, The Chemical Educator, Vol 5, No 4.
Not since putting a man on the moon has an American organization undertaken such an ambitious project ...These volumes are an absorbing panorama of the long, colourful American parade ... they naturally belong in schools and libraries, and the succinct bibliographies that appear at the end of each entry are a scholar's feast ... the essays are well written and often entertaining, and the Biography would be perfectly suitable for the beside table were it not for the weight. The pages are strewn with little nuggets ... American National Biography represents such a colossal effort ... its publication now is indeed something to celebrate - Raymond Seitz, The Times,
the ANB's biographies of 'great men' have not lost much by being leaner, and this has allowed for many more biographies of lesser figures. The decision of the ANB's editors to shorten the longer entries and lengthen the shorter ones was eminently wise./ Gordon S. Wood, Professor of History at Brown University, TLS, 30/04/99. -