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The Baltics
Grabowski, John F.
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Publication Information:
San Diego : Lucent Books, [2001]

Physical Description:
128 pages : illustrations, maps ; 24 cm.
Program Information:
Accelerated Reader AR UG 9.5 4.0 51597.
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DK502.35 .G7 2001 Adult Non-Fiction Non-Fiction Area
DK502.35 .G7 2001 Adult Non-Fiction Central Closed Stacks

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School Library Journal Review

Gr 9 Up-A survey of Baltic history is presented in the first two chapters, and geographic topics such as population, cities, and economy are examined in the third, aptly entitled "An Intermingling of Cultures." In the closing chapter, issues facing the countries in the new millennium in terms of the economy, environmental degradation, and relations with Russia are discussed. On the whole, this is a reliable reference for reports, but the text in some sections, especially the survey of art and literature, is very dry. Readers will generally find the sidebar texts more engaging. There are a few misleading statements and one seeming contradiction. In one section, readers are told, "The improved standard of living in the Baltic nations is largely a result of an improved, diversified economy." Later, the author states that life expectancy has dropped "in part due to deteriorating living standards." Clearly different definitions of "standard of living" are being assumed. The black-and-white photographs, with a few exceptions, contribute little to the presentation. Most students wanting an introduction to the Baltic states will find the relevant section in Michael G. Kort's gracefully written Handbook of the Former Soviet Union (Millbrook, 1997) sufficient. Those interested in more details can turn to Grabowski's book.-Elizabeth Talbot, University of Illinois, Champaign (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.