A brief but comprehensive look at the emotionally charged issues of bilingualism and bilingual education. The sometimes rancorous debate between monolingual advocates and minority rights groups is highlighted, with statements from members on both sides and an examination of the effects that ""Official English"" legislation has had in certain states. Divergent approaches to bilingual education are discussed in some detail, along with the often nebulous political considerations that favor funding one program over another. But although the book is balanced and well researched, Harlan doesn't capture the emotional side of this hotly debated issue; her overly academic approach favors ""straight"" facts (listings of the states that have passed Official English legislation, for example) over personal accounts that would help substantiate the case for either side. Stock photos of immigrants attaining citizenship and children in class don't make up for the dryness of the text. Still, useful. Source notes; bibliography; index.