. . . The Encyclopedia of New York State is one of the most ambitious works on the state’s history to appear in many decades. It showcases the scholarship of over 1,200 authors on a vast range of subjects. . . ."
From the Foreword by Carole F. Huxley
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"This is an indispensable tool for students of New York State at any level. This is the best one-stop shopping guide, and I feel that all schools should have access to it."
—John Zogby, Deputy CEO, International
"If your library can only afford one definitive guide on New York State, make it THE ENCYCLOPEDIA OF NEW YORK STATE, packing in nearly 2,000 pages of over 4,000 entries capturing the entire history of the state and its peoples. Extensive listings cover all aspects of history and culture, including population charts, listings of the arts, colleges, bus lines, events, architecture—virtually anything having to do with the state appears here. Yes, it’s a very weighty title—but as a specialty reference acquisition it promises long-lasting interest and nothing on the market compares to its size and scope."
"This remarkable resource provides comprehensive coverage of New York State and includes information on local history, politics, culture, religion and geography. . . . With entries as electric as curling, mining, egg creams, Rod Serling, spiedie sauce, interstate highways, jazz, Indian reservations, beer and department stores; the editors have succeeded in including every aspect of this diverse state. . . . This encyclopedia is highly recommended for public libraries and academic libraries that support the study of New York in their collections."
"[A] powerhouse of a book. . . . A superlative service to scholars and citizens, and to New York State,
and a model for all states still needing to meet the twenty-first century’s information thirst. A stunning achievement."
"The contributors and editors have done an excellent job. . . . There is a specificity and depth to the writing that is not often found in a subject encyclopedia. The index is an excellent finding aid for subjects that do not have an entry. . . . This ambitious project is a definite success. . . . Recommended for academic and large public libraries in contiguous states and any library that has former or prospective New Yorkers."
"Achieving a rare standard of excellence, this encyclopedia contains a wealth of knowledge about the history, culture, politics, sports, flora, fauna, geography, industry, agriculture, and people of this large and diverse state."
Book News Inc.
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"Although New York was the largest and most important of American states for more than 150 years, its history and its current circumstances are not appreciated even by its own residents, let alone by those of the rest of the United States. But Syracuse University and Peter Eisenstadt have now combined to produce a book that is as grand and as comprehensive as any book that has ever appeared on the Empire State."
Kenneth T. Jackson, Columbia University, Editor-in-Chief, The Encyclopedia of New York City
"Many may even recall that Buffalo gave the nation two presidents, Millard Fillmore and Grover Cleveland, and that a thirddownstater Theodore Rooseveltwas inaugurated here under trying circumstances. But how many would guess, without looking it up in the brand-new Encyclopedia of New York State, that:
New York is the only state on both the Atlantic Ocean and the Great Lakes and the only one bordering both Quebec and Ontario?
It has more varied geology and topography than any state but California?
Half the state's population lives on three islands that make up less than 5 percent of its total area?
. . .These and countless more facts are contained in the 10-pound tome, published in May. . ."
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