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Will the Soviet Union Survive?

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Will the Soviet Union Survive Until 1984?
Amalrik
1980, 2nd ed.

Submitter: Russia is a big topic in the news right now, so I’m sure there are people looking for books about it. My public library has a massive section on Russian history and politics…nearly all of it from the 60s, 70s, and 80s. The biggest gem was this book predicting that the USSR would be destroyed in a nuclear war with China. Even the books about earlier Soviet history are hopelessly out of date. In the past 25 years, we’ve gained access to all kinds of sources that weren’t available during the Cold War. Go update your Russian history sections now, comrades!

Holly: But it’s historical! Just kidding.

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Yoonited States of Uhmurica

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Life (and Death) in the ‘Yoonited States of Uhmurica’
Deval
1983

Submitter: Collected and published in Canada, this book is full of articles about the foibles of those of us living in the U.S. It was found in my small academic library undergoing a major cataloging project. I can’t imagine what course this book could possibly support and how it managed to skip any weeding in the last 30-some years. I did enjoy showing my video game-loving son the article about the Pac-Man enthusiast who was banned from the arcade, though!

Holly: It’s kind of fun to browse, but can probably easily be weeded from a small academic library.

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Be a REAL American! Eat a hamburger.

The American Dream

President Citizen

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Make History Fun with Cartoons!

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Leaders of America
Capsule Biographies of over 260 Famous Personalities
Pederson
1975

This one I found when I was weeding the juvenile nonfiction. Of course it is old and worn out, but take a look at these cartoon illustrations. The color palette is awful and everyone looks like they had some kind of tanning booth accident. I get that this is to mimic the newspaper comic panels (because the kids dig the funny papers!) and the content isn’t that bad. They actually have a few women and minorities represented. Will a kid from this century want to use this book? Not a chance.

Mary

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Michigan, My Michigan

Modern World

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