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Arab American biography
Hall, Loretta.
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Detroit : U.X.L., [1999]

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2. volumes (xxxiv, 517 pages, xxxv-xli pages) : illustrations ; 25 cm
v. 1. A-J -- v. 2. K-Z.
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E184.A65 H35 1999 V.2 Adult Non-Fiction Central Closed Stacks
E184.A65 H35 1999 V.1 Adult Non-Fiction Central Closed Stacks

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This text profiles 75 notable Arab Americans. The book is also available as part of the four-volume Arab American Reference Library, along with Arab American Encyclopedia, Arab American Voices and a cumulative index.

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Booklist Review

This work celebrates the contributions Arab Americans have made over the years. Among the individuals who are profiled are actor F. Murray Abraham, football player Doug Flutie, diplomat Philip Habib, consumer activist Ralph Nader, and Health and Human Services Secretary Donna Shalala. Though most are contemporary figures, a few, such as Antonio Bishallany (1827^-1856), the first recorded Arab immigrant to the U.S., and poet Kahlil Gibran (1883^-1931), are older. Entries are arranged alphabetically and are approximately four to ten pages in length. In addition to a general index, there is a list of entries by field of endeavor and by ethnicity (Egyptian-American, Palestinian-American, etc.). There are also a time line and a glossary. All of this supporting material is repeated in both volumes. The 75 individuals profiled form a diverse group. Although most readers may recognize those who have appeared on television and in film, there are representatives from fields such as business, education, government, literature, philanthropy, religion, and science. Each entry introduces the individual, discussing not only his or her early years but also showing how events in the Arab world affected the subject's life. Background information--such as a list of her many awards in the entry on Paula Abdul and a brief discussion of the Nobel Prize in the entry on chemist Elias James Corey--is presented in sidebars. Black-and-white photographs and lists of further reading enhance each entry, and cross-references are provided to other entries. Today, many Americans hold negative feelings about Arabs; these volumes dispel some of the negative stereotypes by showing the many Americans who are proud of their Arab roots. Recommended for middle-and high-school libraries, this set is the first part of UXL's Arab American Reference Library. Two additional titles, Arab American Almanac and Arab American Voices, will be published later this year.

Library Journal Review

Gr 5 Up-This well-organized, alphabetically arranged resource profiles 75 individuals. More than two-thirds are of Lebanese descent, with lesser numbers of those with Syrian, Palestinian, or Egyptian backgrounds. Each entry has several pages of clearly written text with explanatory sidebars and a list for further reading that consists mainly of newspaper and magazine articles. Most articles are accompanied by average-quality, black-and-white photos. Each sketch describes an individual's childhood and personal life, career, and the impact of his or her Middle Eastern heritage. Personalities from Doug Flutie to Donna Shalala, and Kahlil Gibran to Danny Thomas are included. Each volume begins with invaluable lists of the men and women by field of endeavor and ethnicity. A comprehensive index rounds out this excellent reference tool.-Diane S. Marton, Arlington County Library, VA (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.