More Reviews for The Scribner Encyclopedia of American Lives, Thematic Series
"Gr 9Up. The authoritative two- to three- page biographies presented here concentrate on professional athletes, coaches, and media personalities, placing each one in the context of American society of the day...In addition to personal information and career highlights, the signed articles may include descriptions of the athlete's style and how they were viewed by fans, media, coaches, opponents, or teammates. Some incorporate quotes, and there are descriptions of key competitions that make for exciting reading. Though statistics and awards accompany each profile, Sports Figures is much more than a digest of statistics. A rich assortment of personalities is included and the number of entries per sport reflects popular interest in the area...The up-to-date lists for further reading at the end of each entry, which include films, books, and news and magazine articles, will assist researchers as well as collection-development librarians...A useful purchase for libraries needing current information on a variety of individuals who may be difficult to locate elsewhere."
"The Scribner Encyclopedia of American Lives (or SEAL, as it is known to reference librarians) is the continuation of the now-defunct retrospective standard, Dictionary of American Biography (DAB)...Consistent with the parent SEAL set, each entry includes a photograph. However, unlike the parent set, SEAL: Sports Figures includes living sports personalities...For libraries continuing DAB with SEAL, the thematic series will add value to the entire set, making DAB and SEAL a one-stop biography center."
"This alphabetically arranged reference source of professional sports figures is the first in a new thematic series from Scribner. The authoritative two-volume set chronicles 614 coaches, athletes, owners, ad media personalities, with signed essays by 250 academics, journalists, and archivists...The encyclopedia's subjects are a who's who of American sport figures, ranging from the well-recognized, e.g. Michael Jordan, Jim Thorpe, Nolan Ryan, and A.J. Foyt, to the lesser known, e.g. soccer's Alexi Lalas, volleyball's Karch Kiraly, and bowling's Steve Nagy. Hugely influential non-athletes of the past, such as the sports promoter Tex Rickard, who produced the great Dempsey spectacles of the 1920s also get their due. The publication features subject listings by sport, a directory of contributors, and an occupational index...This easy-to-use, comprehensive, and well-written encyclopedia is recommended for public and college libraries."
"Designed for persons interested in sports figures, statistics and career highlights, this reference has signed articles for more than 600 athletes, coaches, team owners, sportscasters and writers. Each article has a brief introduction to the person with birth and death dates and a sentence or two about his or her claim to fame. Most articles have a black-and-white photograph.... Articles end with a short paragraph about where to find additional information. The appendix has a list of persons by occupations. You might consider chaining this set down -- it will be off the shelf for those study hall students who have read all the latest magazines. The topic may also help interest students who don't like research. Recommended for all high schools and for middle schools if the budget allows."
"Written in the same style and format as Charles Scribner's Sons' biographical series of works titled Scribner Encyclopedia of American Lives, this title focuses solely on American sports figures from the nineteenth and twentieth centuries. There are 614 sports figures featured in this 2-volume set. They represent the wide range of sports that mark U.S. history, including those well known such as baseball, football, and swimming, and those lesser-celebrated sports such as auto racing and speed skating. Most of the entries range from two to three pages in length and many include a black-and-white photograph. All are signed by the author. Each article begins with a paragraph describing what makes that person notable in their sport and then goes on to discuss family background, influences, and achievements outside the realm of sports. Although the articles are written by a variety of contributors, the articles have a continuity about them that is a credit to the editor. At the end of volume 2 a list of contributors can be found that lists their affiliation or profession. A list of all entries by sport or category is also provided. An index rounds out the two volumes.
This work, the first thematic issue in the American Lives series, is an outstanding achievement. There will be some dispute with readers as to those who were included and those excluded from the volumes but, overall, the choices of the editor represent a wide variety of athletes from the United States. This set will be a worthwhile addition to high school, academic, and public libraries needing information on sports history."
"This inaugural set of the Thematic Series of The Scribner Encyclopedia of American Lives collects the lives of 614 men and women who have shaped American sports over the past 160 years. .... From John L. Sullivan to Tiger Woods, the selection arguably includes the most important American athletes both past and present. The scope, however, is not limited to athletes alone. Promoters, commissioners, horse trainers, sportswriters, broadcasters and others are represented. The 205 contributors include academics, archivists, sports officials and professional sportswriters. Their scholarly biographies trace each individual's background, career and significant accomplishments in addition to providing sources for additional research. Their efforts constitute one of the finest guides to sports biography available. This outstanding tool is highly recommended for public and academic libraries."