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Great Men of India

Great Men of India, Including Indira Gandhi and Rajiv Gandhi
Williams
1985

Submitter: I work at an international school library in India, and the collection development philosophy in the India section seemed to be: “Never throw anything away. Ever.” The dusty, damaged, and out of date outnumber the relevant, unfortunately, so I’ve decided it’s time to take a deep breath and dive in. These are just some of today’s treasures, including my favorite of the day: Great Men of India, Including Indira Gandhi and Rajiv Gandhi […]. It’s not the oldest, or most inaccurate, or even the most damaged. I’m just amazed that in 1985 people thought that “men” was a non-gender-specific term.

Holly: They even put a woman on the cover! If this isn’t the most damaged, then I’d hate to see the rest of the collection.

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The Great Ancestor Hunt

The Great Ancestor Hunt: The Fun of Finding Out Who You Are
Perl
1989

Submitter: Public middle school library in the USA. This one is just… so outdated. It’s not a subject any of my students have expressed interest in, but if they did I would not give them this book! It’s fairly general: write down what you already know, ask and interview older relatives. It takes a weird turn when it says almost all Americans are immigrants, and some might argue that “American Indians” are newcomers to the Americas via the land bridge a “mere” 15,000 years ago.  Writing the Census Bureau, and many other government bodies, is recommended, what with the Internet not being a thing yet. Also lacking is any mention of DNA testing for ancestry.  30 years old and it’s gone!

Holly: It’s definitely too old to be a useful how-to genealogy book. As submitter points out, the Internet is a thing now, for starters. It is a good idea to interview older relatives, but I agree that that’s pretty general, even for middle schoolers. Kids who may be inspired to try a new hobby, or who have a family tree project for school won’t get enough info here!

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Doing Business in Mexico

Doing Business in Mexico
Engholm and Grimes
1997

Submitter: [Edited by Holly for length] I picked up this book because the company I work for is starting to do business in Mexico. But it was copyrighted in 1997! In the particular area where we do business, our counterparts in Mexico are telling us that things have been changing in the last few years. But I’m wondering what else has changed since the internet was spun?