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Historical dictionary of the American Revolution
Mays, Terry M.
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Publication Information:
Lanham, Md. : Scarecrow Press, 1999.
Physical Description:
xxxvi, 555 pages : illustrations, maps ; 23 cm.
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E209 .M36 1999 Adult Non-Fiction Central Closed Stacks-Non circulating

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Booklist Review

This title in the publisher's Historical Dictionaries of War, Revolution, and Civil Unrest series offers A^-Z coverage of the revolution, from abatis ("sharpened stake pointing out at an angle from a fortified position") to Z ("the pen name used by Richard Clarke, one of the Boston tea consignees"). The bibliography, arranged by topic, is almost 200 pages.

Choice Review

Mays's book sets out to be the only comprehensive, single-volume subject encyclopedia of the Revolutionary War. It exceeds expectations by also presenting a detailed chronology, bibliographies of countless topics, appendixes that contain military and political documents important in the history of the American Revolution, and maps. Entries are written in an accessible style, with special attention paid to cross-references to other entries that further elucidate persons, campaigns, battles, or political situations. While the biographical entries are somewhat dry and relatively brief, the descriptions of military engagements are quite the opposite in their ability to paint a picture for the reader of each situation and its outcome. Mays's encyclopedia does more to advance readers' understanding of the American Revolution than many textbooks, and is commended for its clarity in presentation and convenience in use. This historical reference book is recommended for every secondary school and undergraduate library. J. B. MacDonald Illinois State University