Famous First Facts: A Record of First Happenings, Discoveries, and Inventions in American History

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H.W. Wilson, 2006 - Reference - 1307 pages
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For more than half a century, Famous First Facts has earned the accolades of reviewers and a place on library reference shelves nationwide. This new edition of the reference classic is updated and expanded with new entries reflecting the latest developments and discoveries, and newly organized for better access to information.Reliable Research, Fascinating Reading New Sixth Edition features: * Some 1,000 new entries, in such fields as science and technology, military history, politics and more, that occurred since the publication of the Fifth Edition in 1997. * Updates of existing entries based on the latest discoveries. * Hundreds of images of the individuals, inventions, and moments bringing us new firsts. * New sidebars highlighting history-changing firsts and other information of particular interest. * Coverage from 2006 back to 10,000 B.C.—date of the earliest human artifacts found in America.Organized for Easier Access to Firsts * Chapter headings displayed at the top of right-hand pages make it easier to browse for firsts. * A main subject index, plus geographical, name, year, and day indexes, offer researchers direct access to any fact.Famous First Facts has been a readers' favorite since it was first published. Here's a sampling of the response to the first edition: "Here is a book more fascinating, if that is possible, than the dictionary. Moreover, it is something new under the sun, which the dictionary isn't, and so has the added allurement of novelty." —The New York Times, May 1933 "Will be in steady use in the reference rooms of libraries, especially in those frequented by teachers and newspaper men." —Saturday Review of Literature, May 1933 ? 1,300 pages ? December 2006 ? Illustrated ? ISBN 0-8242-1065-4 ? $185 ? $195 outside U.S. & Canada

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First published in 1933, this robust sixth edition covering 2006 back to 10,000 B.C.E. now includes more than 8500 entries (some 1000 of them new) and a bevy of new illustrations. While authors Steven ... Read full review


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Mr.Kane wrote and lectured extensively on American history. His many books including the renowed Wilson Facts series are are standard reference sources for librarians,teachers, students, writers and researchers.

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