The American Midwest: An Interpretive Encyclopedia was recently reviewed in the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel:
"The Midwest is Grant Wood's 'American Gothic' and Sinclair Lewis' 'Main Street.'
It is barns and silos, steel and rust, Bob Dylan's songs and Toni Morrison's novels, Abraham Lincoln of Illinois and Dwight Eisenhower of Kansas, Father Charles Coughlin thundering on the radio during the 1930s and Betty Friedan and Phyllis Schlafly dueling over women's rights in the 1970s.
It is image and substance, a state of mind and a group of states, tumultuous history, politics and culture, now all crammed into a new book called 'The American Midwest: An Interpretive Encyclopedia.'
Spanning 1,890 pages and weighing in at 8 pounds, the encyclopedia is a lot like its subject: big, brawny, hardworking, plainspoken, and yes, far more interesting and outrageous than you ever imagined." <Read full review>