317.3: Kurian, George Thomas, Ed. Datapedia of the United States, 1790-2005: America Year By Year. Lanham, MD: Bernan Press, 2001. 557 pp. ISBN 0-89059-256-X.
- 300: Social Sciences
- 310: Statistics
- 317: General statistics of North America
- 317.3: General statistics of United States
If there’s anything that’s sure to flock readers to your book, it’s five hundred pages of data tables. George Kurian’s Datapedia of the United States is a monumental undertaking. He has curated data from hundreds of sources and collated them into different tables and graphs to show how the United States has changed statistically over the past 215 years. He organizes this information into 25 different major groups, ranging from general stats to agriculture to manufacturing to government. If there’s a statistic you’re looking for, it’s probably in here. Each section starts off with an array of interesting factoids, and then he dives headfirst into the data. Here’s just a sample: