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The Hutchinson encyclopedia of modern political biography.
Publication Information:
Boulder, Colo. : Westview Press, 1999.
Physical Description:
527 pages : illustrations, portraits ; 25 cm
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D412.6 .H88 1999 Adult Non-Fiction Central Closed Stacks-Non circulating

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Elected politicians and activists, trade unionists and spies, human rights campaigners and Nazi leaders, environmentalists and dictators, pioneers of women's rights and civil servants--you'll find them all in this indispensable guide to the key political figures of the 20th century. Over 2000 authoritative and up-to-date biographies, compiled by a team of international contributors and advisers, detail the lives and achievements of those men and women who have been instrumental in shaping political events and opinion in all parts of the world. In addition, over ninety major figures have their own feature-length biographies that assess their political significance in greater depth.The global and topical coverage is supplemented by quotations by or about people in the book. Selected guides to further reading point the reader to the best, most thought-provoking biographies available. Tables of the prime ministers, presidents, and other political leaders on many countries, and an index of leaders by country, are also included for quick reference.

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Defining "political participation" broadly, this encyclopedia examines the significance of 2,000 men and women during the 20th century. Presidents, prime ministers, and party leaders mix with spies, feminists, and actors, creating a colorful political palette. Geographic scope is also broad: although entries concentrate on the US and UK, several hundred countries are represented. Entry length varies from a few sentences to half a page, and 90 major figures are subjects of feature-length articles. Cross-references are included. Four hundred entries include bibliographies, but some entries are puzzling in this regard; e.g., George Marshall's entry has no suggested readings, but Bob Dylan's lists five books. Brief quotations by and about the subjects are sprinkled throughout. Other features are country-by-country and year-of-birth indexes and world leader tables. The book's unique slant nicely complements existing works, expanding the chronological coverage of The Columbia Dictionary of Political Biography (CH, Nov'91), and reaching beyond the focus on elected officials of A Dictionary of Political Biography, ed. by Dennis Kavanagh (1998). Together with Jay M. Shafritz et al.'s The Dictionary of 20th Century World Politics (CH, Jan'94), the Hutchinson encyclopedia provides a well-rounded picture of 100 years of political activity. General readers; undergraduates; two-year technical program students. S. Swanson; University of Nebraska--Lincoln