With the same thoroughness and sound judgment he devoted to The Reader's Companion to American History (not reviewed), Garraty has edited this marvelous reference book for younger readers. From ""Abortion"" to ""Ziegfeld, Florenz,"" students of history can find articles that are long enough to inform without being daunting and are exceptionally well written. The contributors are professors and writers, including Eric Foner (History/Columbia Univ.) on Reconstruction, Dee Brown on Sitting Bull, and Garraty himself on colonial America, the vice-presidency, and much more. The articles cover politics, science, the arts, and popular culture and are illustrated with clear, well-captioned photographs, maps, and tables. Women and minorities are fairly represented. Garraty has appended the Declaration of Independence, the Constitution, and additional informative tables, as well as a map of the US (map not seen). A comprehensive and superbly compiled guide to our nation's history.