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Library Journal's Notable Federal Documents, 2008

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Each year, Library Journal (LJ) selects what it considers to be the most notable Government documents published by Federal, state, and local governments. This year, almost every Federal publication it picked is available through the Government Printing Office�s Sales Program.

According to its Web site, Library Journal is “the oldest and most respected publication covering the library field. Considered to be the 'bible' of the library world, LJ is read by over 100,000 library directors, administrators, and staff in public, academic, and special libraries. LJ is the single-most comprehensive publication for librarians...Its hefty review sections evaluate nearly 7000 books annually, along with hundreds of audiobooks, videos, databases, web sites, and systems that libraries buy.”

Out of all of the Federal Government documents LJ saw in 2008, here are the ones it found most notable, and what it said about each.

2008 Best Notable Government Documents
By Jim Church -- Library Journal, 5/15/2009

Federal Documents

The Agency and the Hill: CIA's Relationship With Congress, 1946-2004

Publisher: Central Intelligence Agency, Center for the Study of Intelligence

Description: This detailed study encompasses the period from the creation of the agency in 1946 until 2004, when the director of Central Intelligence ceased being the head of the U.S. intelligence community. The aim was to offer an understanding of the agency's relationship with Congress, analyze the past, and provide a guide to the future.

Year/Pages: 2008: 405 p.; ill.

Price: $49.00 Add To Cart

Answering The Call: The U.S. Army Nurse Corps, 1917-1919: A commemorative Tribute to Military Nursing in world War I

Publisher: Defense Dept., Army, Office of the Surgeon General, Office of Medical History

Description: Documenting the contributions and accomplishments of U.S. Army Nurse Corps nurses in World War I, this book gathers here for the first time rare and carefully chosen monochromatic photographs and quotations from personal accounts and official sources that depict these nurses' rich and varied experiences.

Year/Pages: 2008: 244 p.; ill.

Price: $43.00 Add To Cart

Black Americans in Congress, 1870-2007 (Hardcover)

Publisher: House, Office of the Clerk, Office of History and Preservation

Description: Written for a general audience, these profiles of each of the 121 African American members of Congress outline their history and career. Divided into four time periods, contextual essays help explain major events in congressional and U.S. history. With extensive appendixes, a comprehensive index, and statistical graphs and charts.

Year/Pages: 2008: 803 p.; ill.

Price: $54.00 Add To Cart

Census Atlas of the United States (Hardcover)

Publisher: Commerce Dept., Census Bureau

Description: This large, oversized atlas contains maps with county-level detail, illustrating the wide range of data collected by the decennial censuses, grouped into three general themes: who we are, where we come from, what we do. These colorful maps reveal the fascinating relationships among people and the states, cities, and counties in which they have chosen to live.

Year/Pages: 2007: 314 p.; ill.

Price: $173.50 Add To Cart

The FBI: A Centennial History, 1908-2008 (Hardcover)

Publisher: Justice Dept., Federal Bureau of Investigation

Description: It all started with a short memo, dated July 26, 1908, describing a 'regular force of special agents' available to investigate certain cases of the Department of Justice. Includes overviews of more than 40 famous FBI cases and an extensive collection of never-before-seen photos.

Year/Pages: 2008: 132 p.; ill.

Price: $30.00 Add To Cart

Glenn Brown's History of the United States Capitol

Publisher: United States Capitol Preservation Commission

Description: Though originally published in 1900 and 1903 as a two-volume set, this edition on the building of the Capitol features an updated bibliography and annotations. Bushong's introductory essay on Brown provides historical perspective. The original black-and-white plates have been replaced with high-quality color and black-and-white photos. The historical drawings and color prints of artwork are exquisite.

Year/Pages: 1998: 668 p.; ill.

Price: $94.50 Add To Cart

The Healthy Woman: A Complete Guide for All Ages

Publisher: Health and Human Services Dept., Office on Women's Health

Description: Intending to give straightforward information on things women can do to stay healthy, this book is filled with easy-to-read, understandable explanations to everyday health problems. Handy charts and eye-catching illustrations, too. Also, personal health stories.

Year/Pages: 2008: 518 p.; ill.

Price: $24.95

The Little Acorn

Publisher: Agriculture Dept., Natural Resource Conservation Service

Description: This labor of love by USDA staff members conveys the seasonal cycle of tree growth, the importance of trees in soil conservation, water purification, and benefits to wildlife, as seen by one of the forest's inhabitants. It is suitable for preschool and early elementary school students.

Year/Pages: 2008: 24 p.; ill.

Price: $5.00 Add To Cart

Malheur's Legacy: Celebrating a Century of Conservation, 1908-2008, Malheur National Wildlife Refuge, Southeast Oregon

Publisher: Interior Dept., Fish and Wildlife Service, Region 1, Malheur National Wildlife Refuge

Description: The Malheur National Wildlife Refuge, located in southeastern Oregon, is home to a multitude of birds and other wildlife. This book, richly illustrated with colorful pictures, both historical and current, outlines the history of the development of the refuge and documents the efforts by many groups to conserve its natural resources. The photographic quality is exceptional.

Year/Pages: 2008: 178 p.; ill.

Price: $71.00 Add To Cart

Soviet-American Relations: The Detente Years, 1969-1972

Publisher: State Dept., Bureau of Public Affairs, Office of the Historian

Description: This one-volume publication is a joint presentation of the formerly secret record of how the United States and the Soviet Union moved from Cold War to d�tente in 1969�72. Published side by side are U.S. and Soviet accounts of meetings between Henry Kissinger and Soviet Ambassador Anatoliy Dobrynin, the so-called Kissinger-Dobrynin confidential channel, related documents, and the full Soviet and U.S. account of the first Moscow Summit between Richard Nixon and Leonid Brezhnev. The Soviet documents are released here for the first time anywhere.

Year/Pages: 2007: 1081 p.; ill.

Price: $62.00 Add To Cart

War Surgery in Afghanistan and Iraq: A Series of Cases, 2003-2007

Publisher: Defense Dept., Office of the Surgeon General, Borden Institute

Description: This latest volume in the �Textbooks of Military Medicine� series is not for the faint of heart, with its photos illustrating the grim nature of today's military conflicts. Prepared especially for emergency medical personnel, the book provides the principles and priorities critical to managing the trauma of modern warfare.

Year/Pages: 2008: 464 p.; ill.

Price: $71.00 Add To Cart

The World Cruise of the Great White Fleet: Honoring 100 Years of Global Partnerships and Security (Hardcover)

Publisher: Defense Dept., Navy, Naval Historical Center

Description: Back in 1907, as a result of a U.S.-Japanese diplomatic crisis, Theodore Roosevelt made the fateful decision to take the U.S. Navy 'global' by having the fleet circumnavigate the world. Richly illustrated with monochrome photos, this attractive scrapbook of the cruise includes colored maps, diagrams, and reproductions of paintings and cards published at the time. A complement to naval history texts and a fascinating insight into an earlier era when the United States was emerging as a world power.

Year/Pages: 2008: 150 p.; ill.

Price: $46.00 Add To Cart


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