The Riverside Dictionary of Biography

The Riverside Dictionary of Biography

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The Riverside Dictionary of Biography includes more than 10, 000 people from around the globe and from all periods of history. All continents, fields of endeavor, and historical eras are richly represented: the likes of Plato, Sappho, and Michelangelo rub shoulders with Nelson Mandela; Frida Kahlo; Mao Zedonga€™s wife, Jiang Qing; and the actor-governor Arnold Schwarzenegger. The persona€™s full name, birth and death dates, nationality, and occupation are given, orienting the reader at a glance to the essential biographical data. Details of the persona€™s life, education, and achievements follow, along with information on the historical milieu in which he or she was active. Hundreds of short quotations provide morsels of wisdom, wit, and often a bit of humor while imparting the spirit of notables such as Stephen Hawking, Nathaniel Hawthorne, and Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis. Thousands of cross-references thread related lives together a€” the entry for the great blues singer Ma Rainey, for example, has a reference to her protAcgAc Bessie Smith, and from Bessie Smith there are further references to the bandleaders Fletcher Henderson and Louis Armstrong. This wealth of information is arranged in an attractive, readable format with more than a hundred black-and-white illustrations. This is an indispensable resource for schools, libraries, and individuals who need an up-to-date and authoritative biographical reference.Ronald Wilson 191 1 -2004 a#39;40th President ol the US, and former film actor-Born inTampico, Illinois, he studied economics ... He survived an attempted assassination in 1981 and, despite initial serious economic problems between 1981 and 1983, ... His thermometer of 1731 used a mixture of alcohol and water instead of mercury, and was calibrated with a scale (the ... he did not gain the widespread acceptance of US rock fans until an appearance at the Monterey pop festival in 1967.

Title:The Riverside Dictionary of Biography
Author:Editors of the American Heritage Dictionaries
Publisher:Houghton Mifflin Harcourt - 2005


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