With more than one million copies sold over several titles, The New York Public Library Desk Reference is simply one of the bestselling reference series available. Now, under the auspices of the world-famous New York Public Library, here is the comprehensive-yet-quick-answer guide to one of the most popular topics in family reference: American history. Short topical overviews, easy-reference timelines, and capsule biographies, as well as hundreds of sidebars, maps, and illustrations bring together all of the major events and themes from the early migrations of native peoples to the present age. Organized by social and cultural categories (exploration and colonization, immigration and minorities, military, business and commerce, etc.) and exhaustively cross-referenced and indexed, The New York Completely updated to incorporate the myriad changes that have recently occurred in the world, this user-friendly reference covers 26 categories of the most commonly asked-about subject areas everything from math and science to sports and games to religion and philosophy. It also features a brand-new atlas reflecting geographic changes.