Nothing available ahead of publication -- and this shows on its record that no advance note was needed by the trade. It's a natural -- a superb piece of book making, with all the sales appeal of a fine picture book, plus some 125,000 words of informative, lively text which, accompanied by the pictures, manages to convey an immense amount of information, a vigorous sense of the panorama of history. We see history in action through politics and people, business and ideas- from the beginnings of an infant group of states, through the ups and downs of expansion, growth, boom, depression, wars, industrial conflict, influx of new blood, good luck and bad. There is no perceptible slant, no defined viewpoint- though in the main, the liberal view predominates (example- the Haymarket Riot, the Pullman Strike, etc.) A gift for crystallization -- adroit turn of phrase- makes the text alive. Considered as a supplement to history, not a substitute for history, it is a book every household should welcome.