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Reviewed by Dean Tudor

Dean Tudor

Reference Books for Journalists

Oxford Concise Chronology of English Literature
Michael Cox, editor

Oxford University Press
2005, 830 pages, $16.95, ISBN 0-19-861054-8 paper covers

Michael Cox was formerly Senior Commissioning Editor for Reference Books at OUP. This book is based on the Oxford Chronology of English Literature (2002) which listed 30,000 works by 4,000 authors in a timeframe. It was originally published in 2004, with an updating in 2005. The "Concise" lists half the works of the mother set (15,000) by 3,000 authors. These significant works are arranged in chronological order by publication date (1474 through 2003), and placed in a cultural context. Much of this cultural context is not in the two volume set itself. For each year we get a list of some people who were born and others who died (but no actual month and date - except now and again, e.g. "Death of Mary I (17 Nov)" in 1558. Events are noted, as well as film titles. Timelines then are being stressed, to tell you what was being published, when, and by whom, and its "chronological neighbours". Works of the imagination dominate. The range is from William Caxton's The Recuyell of the Historyes of Troye (1473 or 1474) through Minette Walters Disordered Minds (2003). There is an author index and an anonymous title index, as well as an index to periodicals.

  • Audience or interest level: students, libraries, literary historians.
  • Some interesting facts: "Works of indisputable greatness will be found alongside others whose very ephemerality exemplifies the taste of the moment".
  • What I don't like about this resource (its shortcomings): paperback binding.
  • What I do like about this resource (its positives): the author index lists "flourished" dates, a listing of books, and a brief description of who he or she was. Modest price.

    Quality-to-Price Ratio: 90

Ologies and Isms: A dictionary of word beginnings and endings
Michael Quinion

Oxford University Press
2002, 2005, 280 pages, $21.95, ISBN 0-19-280640-8 paper covers

Quinion has been a word researcher for the OED since 1992, and he has a WorldWideWords Web site. This book was "first published 2002, reissued with new covers 2005", and the author asserts both a 2002 and a 2005 copyright date. Not having the 2002 edition on hand, I cannot make a page by page comparison. And most of the entries have no dates anyway, dates when a prefix or suffix came into being. Here are endings and beginnings for 1250 words, with a total of 10,000 examples. Quinion thus identifies the major affixes, excluding place name and personal name affixes. He also tries to show the links between words, both grammatically and thematically. The most common prefix seems to be ante- or anti-, while the most common suffix is -ant or -ent. The book is arranged in dictionary format, with a description of the term followed by a definition, a root source, and a description. There are plenty of internal cross-references. His major sources have been the OED database and the Web. As he says, "the aim throughout has been to provide many examples, on the principle that it is easier to absorb the subtleties of the way such forms are used when they are seen in action".

  • Audience or interest level: crossword and word game lovers, libraries, word scholars.
  • Some interesting facts: "uber. Superior [German uber=over] From 1980s on, a few short lived words began to be created, suggesting a superior version of a given personal type, but usually in a mildly derogatory way…The umlaut is often left off."
  • What I don't like about this resource (its shortcomings): scattered tables are not indexed, such as the words for multiples on p.127, -algia for pain on p.11, -pathy for disease on p.184, and others. Some, under different headings, are in the thematic index, but this is not enough.
  • What I do like about this resource (its positives): there is a Selective Thematic Index, in alphabetical order, dealing with biological classifications, the body, the elements, food and drink, culture and society, medicine, numbers, etc.

    Quality-to-Price Ratio: 94

Oxford History of Modern War. New updated edition
Charles Townshend, editor

Oxford University Press
2005, 414 pages, $21.95, ISBN 0-19-280645-9 paper covers

This book was first published under a different title in 1997; here, Townshend, an international history professor at Keele University in the UK and a published author on military history, has provided additional commentary since the events of "9/11." Eighteen essays have been written by fifteen individuals, all identified as contributors. The book is a military history, principally from the defeat of the Ottoman besiegers of Vienna in 1683. Since then, western Europe launched a course of global dominance. There are four major themes here: notes on military technology, description of combat experiences, discussion on the social impact of war, and material about the efforts to limit war's destructiveness by various organizations. Since 1997, Townshend points out that there have been more genocides, a breakdown of states, a privatization of the military, and terrorism. Part One here features the historical approach (Seven Years War, Great War, Second World War, Cold War, and the like). Part Two deals with technology of sea warfare, air warfare, women and war, and other such topics. There is a bibliography of further readings (arranged by chapter) and an index.

  • Audience or interest level: students, libraries.
  • Some interesting facts: "A complex of economic, social, and political modernization generated the phenomenon of the "nation in arms", and, ultimately, in the twentieth century, of "total war"".
  • What I don't like about this resource (its shortcomings): there's enough in this book to make you sing "ain't gonna study war no more".
  • What I do like about this resource (its positives): there is a chronology from 1515 through 2003.

    Quality-to-Price Ratio: 88.

Good Fiction Guide. Second edition
Jane Rogers, editor

Oxford University Press
2005, 520 pages, $22.95, ISBN 0-19-280647-5 paper covers

Jane Rogers is a professor of writing at Sheffield Hallam University in the UK. She has written seven novels and many TV dramatizations. This book was first published in 2001; this second edition is in paperback. The first 140 pages cover 34 subject overviews in four pages each, with top books indicated by a different contributor. For example, Aritha van Herk writes on "Canada" (actually, just English Canada). Her 12 top authors include Montgomery, Laurence, Cohen, Engel, Findley, Atwood, Ondaatje, et al. Thus, 1120 authors are covered throughout the book, with about 4000 books being cited. With the update, 74 new authors are sourced and other new titles have been added. The solid contributors - 76 of them - are all writers. This highly selective guide even includes some personal details about the authors' lives, mainly life dates and anniversaries. Some examples of subject groupings: Adventure, Classics, Family Saga, Science Fiction. Topics include Childhood, Crime, and The Sea. Regions include Africa, Australia, and Caribbean. At the end of each section there is a list of the top titles that is covered by the essays. Prize winners are listed in a separate section, but only for three prizes in the UK and the Pulitzer. This reference work concludes with an index.

  • Audience or interest level: inquisitive readers, libraries.
  • Some interesting facts: This fiction guide covers popular and genre fiction as well as classics and contemporary fiction, plus foreign language writers in translation.
  • What I don't like about this resource (its shortcomings): puny prize winner selection. It could have included Commonwealth prizes.
  • What I do like about this resource (its positives): Of the first edition, the Globe and Mail reviewer said: "A splendid book for browsing, argument-starting, and must-read lists".

    Quality-to-Price Ratio: 92

Oxford Satellite Atlas of the World
NPA Satellite Mapping

Oxford University Press
2004, 295 pages, $50, ISBN 9-19-522204-0 hard covers

Here are 200 plus snapshots from outside the earth's atmosphere, as stunningly clear and colourful images. Countries, seas, mountains, and lakes are covered, as well as urban areas: for all six continents. At the start of each continent, there are long shots of each region, narrowing in to countries and then landmarks (Victoria Falls, Mount Everest, Taj Mahal, and Mecca's Kaaba) and cities (London, Paris, Rome, Venice, etc.). The text describes the imaging techniques and the mapping scales; the captions provide historical and statistical data. The majority of the images were captured by Landsat Polar satellites orbiting 705 km above the earth, and traveling at 27,000 kph. They record 16 million measurements a second, and can survey 33,670 square km in less than 27 seconds. This survey usually occurs only between 9 and 11 AM everywhere. Canada, despite its land mass, doesn't get much display space: only Vancouver, the St.Lawrence River, and our northland are given. The book concludes with a place index.

  • Audience or interest level: the curious, photographers, geographers, news libraries, reference libraries.
  • Some interesting facts: Antarctica contains 87% of the world's ice.
  • What I don't like about this resource (its shortcomings): the writers are not named, except for a pithy foreword by Sir Ranulph Fiennes. Some pictures are spread over the inner margin gutters, making them less appealing. This is a heavy and oversized book, but I guess that this is unavoidable. One carp: there are too many American spots in proportion to the landmass and global population
  • What I do like about this resource (its positives): the detail is spectacular.

    Quality-to-Price Ratio: 90

How Buildings Work: the natural order of architecture. Third edition
Edward Allen

Oxford University Press
2005, 270 pages, $50, ISBN 0-19-516198-X hard covers

This book was originally published in 1980 and then 1995. Allen is an architect and a teacher (Oregon, Yale, MIT). The basic principles of a residential and office "building" are explained: how and why buildings stand up, how they age, why they die, internal designs. All with hundreds of illustrations (mainly line drawings). Details include the role of the sun in heating and aging buildings, trusses vs. bearing walls, beams and vaults. He goes into problems as well: overheating, overcooling, leaky roofs and windows, fire safety, noise, and insulation. Since the 1995 edition there have been many environmental concerns. Allen addresses these issues with a copious amount of material on eco-designs and green architecture, sustainable construction, sick building syndrome, recycling and reusing, and new forms of building materials such as cloud gel and transparent ceramics. There is a section on why the World Trade Center collapsed in 2001. And it concludes with a useful glossary.

  • Audience or interest level: the curious, reference collections.
  • Some interesting facts: The LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) system for evaluating the sustainability of a building involves sites, water efficiency, energy use, materials, indoor environmental quality.
  • What I don't like about this resource (its shortcomings): any bibliography of other readings!
  • What I do like about this resource (its positives): a book to play with, a fun read. Give it to your local architect…

    Quality-to-Price Ratio: 88

Oxford Dictionary of Phrase and Fable. Second edition
Elizabeth Knowles, editor

Oxford University Press
2005, 805 pages, $50, ISBN 0-19-860981-7 hard covers

The first edition was published in 2000. These entries tell the story behind words, names and sayings. The range is from short definitions to more detailed accounts; phrases are likely to be found subsumed under the main word. Brewer's Dictionary of Phrase and Fable was the first handbook of its type. Under "Golden Gate", Brewer says that it was the name given by Sir Francis Drake to the strait connecting San Francisco Bay with the Pacific. San Francisco was called "The City of the Golden Gate". Oxford merely says that it is a deep channel spanned by the Golden Gate suspension bridge completed in 1937, with no mention of Drake. Brewer's includes "soot suit"; Oxford does not. Brewer's has many more pages, and even a specific 20th century edition. This second edition has trimmed back on biographical entries; it has also extended coverage of the meaning and origins of figurative language. Politics and science are the now the main source of modern words. Words have been drawn from Oxford's amazing database of word resources.

  • Audience or interest level: librarians and wordsmiths, news libraries.
  • Some interesting facts: "The key purpose of the book is to provide the means whereby a reader can understand the full significance of a name or phrase, or decode as chance-met allusion or reference"
  • What I don't like about this resource (its shortcomings): there is less explanation than in Brewer's. Anyway, you can always use Google and the Internet to find more material.
  • What I do like about this resource (its positives): large typeface, good "see" and "see also" referencing.

    Quality-to-Price Ratio: 84

The Oxford Companion to Ships and the Sea. Second edition
I.C.B. Dear and Peter Kemp, editors

Oxford University Press
2005, 678 pages, $70, ISBN 0-19-860616-8 hard covers

This book was originally published in 1976, edited by the late P.K. Kemp. It has been brought forward to 2005 by I.C.B. Dear, who had nautical background when he became a full-time writer in 1979 specializing in maritime and military history. He has edited several other works for the Oxford family. This book covers aspects of life on and under the sea: terms, oceanography, shipwrecks, shanties, sailors, explorers, maritime inventors, steam, tidal power, marine wildlife, piracy, the East India Company, etc….To the tune of 2600 entries in dictionary arrangement, with appropriate asterisked cross-references. In the thirty years since it was originally published, there have been many maritime issues to be addressed: environmental changes and disasters, global warming, pollution, and recent scholarship. And the book covers them all, particularly global warming, with many contributions from Martin Angel. There are 250 appropriate illustrations (line drawings and photographs). The double-columned pages have larger articles signed by 19 contributors. For example, the section on "shipwrecks" has seven columns covering the environment of the shipwreck, legendary wrecks, warships, cargoes, a study of wrecks to learn about past construction methods and types of ships. There are cross-references to important wrecks which have their own entry (almost two dozen of these). The article finishes with a bibliography. At the end, there is a select index from nouns to main entries, although there are no criteria listed for inclusion.

  • Audience or interest level: libraries, sea buffs, reference areas.
  • Some interesting facts: By 2004, there were 180 cruise ships in operation. The largest in 2004 was Queen Mary 2 (1,131 feet length). In 2002, the principal UK shipping magazine Lloyd's List decided to refer to all merchant ships as "it", not "she".
  • What I don't like about this resource (its shortcomings): There is no entry for "tidal wave", not even a cross-reference; you must use "tsunami". Also, there is no over-arcing bibliography. While there is a "see also" reference to "wreckers", there are no references to other forms of "wrecks".
  • What I do like about this resource (its positives): seems pretty thorough

    Quality-to-Price Ratio: 88

The Oxford Companion to the Photograph
Robin Leman, editor

Oxford University Press
2005, 769 pages, $80, ISBN 0-19-866271-8 hard covers

Robin Lenman, who edited this tome, worked as a lecturer in history at Warwick University. This oversized book is one of a newish series of Oxford Companions emphasizing popular culture; others have been published on Food, Wine, Music and Garden. Lenman has gathered together about 1600 entries from 142 contributors and editors (they are listed with their affiliations). The book, in dictionary arrangement with asterisked cross-references, comprises 800 biographies of photographers and inventors, and 800 entries on history, techniques, movements, styles, and fashion. It is, of course, illustrated with photographs: the iconic and classic, plus others - about 300 in all (50 in colour). The book celebrates the usage of photography in such areas as advertising, astronomy, medicine, sport, food, weddings, erotica, and human celebrations. There are larger features on particular aspects of photography, such as aerial photography, photojournalism, wildlife photography, Adobe Photoshop, optical transfer, and lens development. Throughout it all, there is an acknowledgement that digital imaging is dominating the field. The book concludes with a bibliography, a chronology, a list of Web sites, and an index to people and organizations.

  • Audience or interest level: photographers, libraries, newspapers and magazines, art historians.
  • Some interesting facts: "Several things set this Companion apart from most other reference books. One is the many national and regional entries it contains, including some on parts of the world, such as Africa, Oceania, and Scandinavia, that rarely feature in histories or encyclopedias of photography."
  • What I don't like about this resource (its shortcomings): There are no page references in the index - just a reference to the entry where the item appears. You must look up the entry. Because of the photographs, the book is very heavy, and this is unavoidable.
  • What I do like about this resource (its positives): There is a thematic table of contents outlining topics on a regional/national basis, history basis, technical basis, and social aspects.

    Quality-to-Price Ratio: 91

Computer Books

The Empire of Mind: digital piracy and the anti-capitalist movement
Michael Strangelove

University of Toronto Press
2005, 337 pages, $32.95, ISBN 0-8020-3818-2 paper covers

Strangelove is a lecturer in the Department of Communication at the University of Ottawa. According to the publisher's blurb, we all need to read this book in order to "Find out why Dr. Strangelove believes the Internet is a dire threat to capitalism" (who writes this copy?)…Anyway, he believes that digital piracy will not be eliminated and that branding and "brand value" is being eroded. His kernel chapter is "online journalism and the subversion of commercial news" which is a microcosm for the arc that the Internet has the potential to undermine the current economic order. Is the corporate news industry ready to be collapsed? Is he saying that news is a business on the right wing side of life? Everything I've read lately says that the media are full of left wing socialists, and the American establishment is out to kill the news media because of this communistic pinkie approach. Mmmmm, why not let the Internet do it for them? Gotcha…

The Internet converts private property into public property (but hands up everybody out there who believes that this is "A Bad Thing"?). He presents two case studies which explore the destruction of commercial branding: McDonald's and Barbie. Some of his themes: content and audiences are not being controlled; commercial media is under attack; utopic thinking lies at the roots of Internet culture; blogging is balkanization and blogging is never fact-checked (uh, when was the last time the (commercial-magazine-with-tons-of-ads) New Yorker was fact checked?). Read through the 225 pages of text and the 80 pages of end notes of bibliography and discover for yourself.

  • Audience or interest level: reactionaries, lovers of polemics, satirists.
  • Some interesting facts: "The future of the mass audience has never been more uncertain. Advertisers are scrambling to follow quickly changing viewing patters. New digital technologies are fragmenting audiences…There is a general sense throughout the corporate sector that control over the audience is slipping away"
  • What I don't like about this resource (its shortcomings): Strangelove does not really show that any of this is necessarily bad for humanity - it is just bad for advertising but not for people. We'll survive.
  • What I do like about this resource (its positives): emphasis on a strong social order.

    Quality-to-Price Ratio: 80


Media Books

Canadian Newspaper Ownership in the Era of Convergence: rediscovering social responsibility
Walter C. Soderlund and Kai Hildebrandt, editors

University of Alberta Press
2005, 194 pages, $34.95, ISBN 0-88864-439-6 paper covers

This is a strange book in authorship. While Soderlund and Hildebrandt are listed as editors, there is also written involvement with Walter Romanow and Ronald Wagenberg. All four did the writing, although Soderlund had a hand in every essay. All save Hildebrandt are now Professors Emeriti at University of Windsor. At one time they were active participants in the Windsor Group, and known for their discourses on newspaper coverage of federal elections, beginning in 1972. Romanow and Soderlund wrote a text 1992/1996 entitled Media Canada: an introductory analysis. In many ways, this current book expands and updates that theme, concentrating on concentration of media ownership. Parts of chapter one of this current book is based on that earlier work. By 1996, Conrad Black controlled over half of the major daily newspapers in Canada, eventually selling them all to CanWest Global Communications who immediately began exploring convergence as a business model in order to save money. Changes have been indicated by two case studies. In Part One of the book, the first case dealt with "ownership concentration" of the newspaper chains. In Part Two, the second case dealt with "convergence" which intensified concentration by consolidating different media types under one corporate umbrella. There are sections on the CanWest National Editorial Policy (two policies) and the firing of Russell Mills. The conclusion deals with ownership rights versus social responsibility. But still, newspapering is a business: the power of the press belongs to the person who owns one.

End notes are provided to supplement each chapter. Many tables are provided, on ownership, circulation, content analyses for coverage and evaluation, and the like. There is an extensive bibliography of references but for mainly newspaper articles with some books.

  • Audience or interest level: journalism schools, scholars, students.
  • Some interesting facts: "The past half century has clearly established the overwhelming importance of mass media ownership in the process of democratic governance, so compellingly identified in 1947 by the Commission on Freedom of the Press."
  • What I don't like about this resource (its shortcomings): academic in tone.
  • What I do like about this resource (its positives): reasonably up-to-date, although there is nothing on the concept of income trusts. There is a separate name index.

    Quality-to-Price Ratio: 90

Media and Society: critical perspectives
Graeme Burton

Open University Press (McGraw-Hill)
2005, 378 pages, $46.95, ISBN 0-335-20880-0 paper covers

Burton is a published author on broadcast journalism. He is an academic in Cultural Studies at the University of the West of England (Bristol). This is a student text for popular culture and media studies programmes. The topics include a basic introduction to "media" as found in advertising, film, soap operas, women's magazines, sports, popular music, new technology, and globalization. For each topic, Burton presents key concepts and audience appeal, media influence, case studies, major questions for discussion. There is also a quotation from a commentator for discussion purposes (with questions posed by Burton). Everything here has a definition, a context, a relationship to other institutions, an audience, an alternative model, and a government regulation (e.g. British popular music, quite similar to our CanCon). The work concludes with a glossary, a Web site listing (mostly UK), and a bibliography by author (not subject). Specific, additional further readings are at the end of each topic's chapter.

  • Audience or interest level: students, pop culture scholars.
  • Some interesting facts: "It seems to me that the media exist in an evolving and difficult relationship with their audiences, and indeed with institutions of the state. The relationship is dynamic in that it is evolving and changing. I also believe that it is possible for different critical positions to coexist. It is possible to be skeptical about the motives and behaviours of economically powerful media institutions. At the same time, it is possible to be optimistic about the effects of regulatory control."
  • What I don't like about this resource (its shortcomings): there is a distinct UK orientation for popular culture.
  • What I do like about this resource (its positives): food for thought.

    Quality-to-Price Ratio: 85

History of the Book in Canada, Volume Two 1840-1918
Yvan Lamonde, Patricia Lockhart Fleming, and Fiona A. Black, editors

University of Toronto Press
2005, 659 pages, $85, ISBN 0-8020-8012-X hard covers

This is the second of three volumes dealing with the history of publishing in Canada. Volume One covered the period before 1840, and was indeed concerned more with "the book"; Volume Two goes to the end of the First World War and embraces more non-traditional forms such as the periodical press (the post office had improved) and catalogues. Volume Three, due out in a few more years, will see "the book" into the 21st century. This is, of course, a pioneering work which examines the role of print in the political, religious, intellectual, and cultural life of the colonies, the Canadian experience, and then the maturing nation. The general editors are all librarians and/or historians. Les Presses de l'Universite de Montreal is simultaneously publishing French-language editions of the books.

Specific chapters are written by contributors: there are 87 signed chapters covering publishing and culture, the printing trades, authors and writers, distribution networks, all types of libraries, periodicals and newspapers, plus social essays on politics and print, religion and print, fiction and print. And even smaller nuggets such as Liz Driver's essay on cookbooks, Balfour Halevy's essay on law books, Bruce Kidd on sports, and Michael Peterman's essay on aspects of literary authorship. The book is complemented by many illustrations, end notes, an extensive bibliography of sources cited, notes about the contributors, and, of course, the huge index.

For more details about the project History of the Book in Canada, do check out the Web site www.hbic.library.utoronto.ca.

  • Audience or interest level: librarians and book scholars, literary historians.
  • Some interesting facts: The first press west of Ontario marks the transitional year of 1840. Imported print assumed a larger magnitude with the spreading population of the country and the efficiency of delivery.
  • What I don't like about this resource (its shortcomings): well, why is it called "history of the book"? It is actually about all aspects of printing. Unfortunately, the book is very heavy (physically) - this is not bedtime reading to prop up on your lap since it will crush you. And the writing style is a bit uneven, given that there are a lot of contributors writing entries longer than the usual "companion" entries.
  • What I do like about this resource (its positives): there are some useful appendices of materials for Quebec and for the Prairies.

    Quality-to-Price Ratio: 87

New Hart's Rule: The handbook of style for writers and editors

Oxford University Press
2005, 417 pages, $29.95, ISBN 0-19-861041-6 hard covers

This is an adaptation of The Oxford Guide to Style authored by R.R. Ritter and published by Oxford in 2002. It was originally published in 1893 as Hart's Rules for Compositors and Readers at the University Press, and had gone through 39 editions. It is an essential handbook of style for editors, writers, and typesetters. You cannot have too many style books. (Some even get turned into operas, such as Strunk and White in NYC October 2005). The New Hart's Rules is a return to the original name and small handbook format. It is part of a trio, which also includes New Oxford Dictionary for Writers and Editors and New Oxford Spelling Dictionary. Ritter has assembled basic information on publishing terms (parts of the book and copy preparation), punctuation and hyphenation, capitalization, headings and titles, quotations and titles for citations, and bibliographies-notes-indexes for accurate standard referencing. Detail extends to type and font treatments, abbreviations and symbols, languages and legal references, sci-tech terms, tables, lists and illustrations, and proofreading marks.

  • Audience or interest level: academics, students, libraries, wordsmiths, almost everyone with an interest in writing.
  • Some interesting facts: ""Orphans" are the first line of a paragraph at the bottom of a page or column; "widows" are the last line of a paragraph at the top of a new page or column. If you cannot keep them straight, then you are not alone…Just say "widows and orphans", and you will have covered the issue.
  • What I don't like about this resource (its shortcomings): it is meant for Oxford Press and it has a strong British orientation. Examples are sourced from the Oxford English Corpus database.
  • What I do like about this resource (its positives): "Recommended by SFEP Society for Editors and Proofreaders". There is an extensive index, of course.

    Quality-to-Price Ratio: 94

Journalism: A very short introduction
Ian Hargreaves

Oxford University Press
2005, 160 pages, $12.95, ISBN 0-19-280656-4 paper covers

This book was first published in 2003 as Journalism; Truth or Dare, and it has been reintroduced into the Very Short Introductions series. Hargreaves is a professor of journalism at Cardiff University. Before that he had extensive senior experience in both print and broadcast journalism. This title is all about gatekeeping in journalism, yet he doesn't even mention that word (nor "Mr. Gates"). His material covers accountability, ethics, regulation, trust, commercialization, advertising, corporate ownerships, branding, PR, dumbing down, celebrities, readership and audience, conscience, free expression and censorship, electronic publishing, and cultural identity. He believes that journalism has now moved from being the "first draft of history" to "cultural dumbing down".

Although he uses examples from everywhere, the book is British-based.

Convergence is not discussed; maybe it didn't hit the UK?

  • Audience or interest level: communication students.
  • Some interesting facts: Star journalists earn as much as celebrities.
  • What I don't like about this resource: seems too slick, but maybe that's what the "Very Short Introductions" are all about.
  • What I do like about this resource: touches all the bases, much to think about without the answers being given, a swift account.

    Quality-to-Price Ratio: 81


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