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Library Journal Review
It wouldn't be a bad idea for every literate American at least to skim this book by author-cartographer Doyle. Built around intricate, well-drawn, mainly color maps it transforms the raw data of the 1990 census and other statistics into a revealing look at life in late 20th-century United States. The seven chapters cover such broad subjects as demographics, politics, health, and the economy. An intriguing chaper is devoted to "Contentious Issues" and how Congress voted on them. There is a separate section detailing source material for the maps in addition to a generous bibliography and an excellent index. The only drawback is that the text supporting the maps is written in a style that, in an attempt to be natural, sometimes seems flat. Recommended for any library that benefited from Mark T. Mattson's similar Atlas of the 1990 Census (LJ 4/1/93).-Bruce Rosenstein, "USA Today" Lib., Arlington, Va. (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.
School Library Journal Review
YA-School librarians as well as social studies and science teachers will revel in the abundance of interesting data put forth in this atlas of social, economic, ethnic, political, and ``contentious'' issues. Most of the contemporary topics students are researching are covered here: the environment, personal freedom, health, crime, the poor and/or homeless, etc. The maps are beautifully drawn and colored, the information is easily accessible, and often further interepretation by graph or chart is included. The maps offer a fascinating insight into contemporary society: which areas of the country are likely to prosper during the 90s and why; where different immigrant groups have settled; etc. Each turn of the page brings answers to a new question. The appendix includes the census questionnaire and Congressional votes relating to some of the maps.-Ginny Ryder, Lee High School, Springfield, VA (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.
Rather like an update to the social-patterns portions of The National Atlas of the United States of America (1970), this atlas has sections on demographic patterns; ethnic, linguistic, and religious divisions; environment and the quality of life; politics; economy; health; and contentious issues. Doyle includes two appendixes (1990 Census questionnaire; list of Congressional votes), acknowledgments, and sources used to compile maps. The only downside of the volume is that the maps are some of the dullest that this reviewer has ever seen, and very small scale. On the good side, the text for the maps is well written, and--unusual for atlases--the volume can actually be read front to back, as a "snapshot" of US social history in 1990. Generally, there is one map per topic per page, with text; in only one case is the legend a bit confusing. The work is full of perfect materials for freshman/sophomore short assignments, general interest materials (e.g., "Shortages of Single Men and Women"), and sentences begging to be lifted out and used as quotations in papers. Recommended for undergraduate and general reference collections, and for map collections. M. L. Larsgaard; University of California, Santa Barbara