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Atlas of World History

The Times Concise Atlas of World History
Barraclough (Ed.)
4th Ed

Submitter: At last!  I can finally weed this atlas because the teacher retired.  So many students needed to access print historical atlases, that I had to keep it around.  I am really mystified as to why a 1992 edition of an atlas would feature Stalin against the USSR flag.  Reminds me of when Americans complained about Sherwin-Williams’ “Cover the Earth” ad back in the Cold War days.  There have been significant geographic changes and trends since 1992–even some reminiscent of the Cold War–so this atlas will be “deposed.”

Holly: I get that an atlas of world history would feature something historical on the cover, but Stalin and Russia? It’s an “interesting” choice, anyway. A historical atlas is a beautiful thing to have on-hand in print, but as you can see in this list, there have been geographical changes significant to world history since 1992. I’m not sure how this publisher defines “history” but it feels like there are missing pieces that would qualify.

More Geographic History:

Bogota or Bust

Let’s Visit Vietnam

Soviet Union

Grecian Vacation

Oh Canada!

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John F. Kennedy and the PT 109

John F. Kennedy and the PT 109

This is one of those books I am a bit wishy washy on weeding. This youth oriented book was about his service during World War II and his experience in the Solomon Islands when his boat was rammed and cut in half. Kennedy and the surviving crew made it to a nearby island and were eventually rescued. All good stuff and just about every biography on Kennedy discusses this event.

Aside from the obvious age and condition, this might be worth keeping in some libraries. First the story is interesting, and although not a contemporary account, it is worth a look as Kennedy is a popular subject. However, the book’s design and feel is old looking and I would wonder if kids would just pass this by before giving it a chance. If I had space and interest in Kennedy, beyond what a regular bio would do, I might consider keeping this one. Comments?


More History For Kids:

Make History more Fun with Cartoons!

Lifestyles of the Ancient Britons

Michigan, My Michigan

Modern World

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George W. Bush

Submitter: This book found in my local public library is a 2000 biography on George W. Bush. The last page of the bio states that Mr. Bush has just lost the Michigan primary to John McCain. So this book predates his win in the first election, 9/11, two wars, and his second term. However, my library sees enough here to have 5 copies in its system! Yikes!

Holly: Show some respect, people! Whether you love or hate any former president, at least have the decency to offer a biography that tells the whole story. In Bush, Jr’s case, significant events happened during his presidency that changed life as we know it. Personal politics aside, he’s important. Kids writing reports are going to fail if they work off of this book. It’s complicated enough that there are two President Bush’s. Give a kid a chance!

(Five copies? Really?)

More Politics in the Stacks:

President Citizen

Tipper Gore

Let’s Impeach Tricky Dick

What Does a Congressman Do?

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