There is much heated rhetoric about the widening gulf between Europe and America. But are the US and Europe so different? Peter Baldwin, one of the world's leading historians of comparative social policy, thinks not, and in this bracingly argued but remarkably informed polemic, he lays out how similar the two continents really are. Drawing on the latest evidence from sources such as the United Nations, the World Bank, IMF, and other international organizations, Baldwin offers a fascinating comparison of the United States and Europe, looking at the latest statistics on the economy, crime, health care, education and culture, religion, the environment, and much more. It is a book filled with surprising revelations. For most categories of crime, for instance, America is safe and peaceful by European standards. But the biggest surprise is that, though there are many differences between America and Europe, in almost all cases, these differences are no greater than the differences among European nations. Europe and the US are, in fact, part of a common, big-tent grouping. America is not Sweden, for sure. But nor is Italy Sweden, nor France, nor even Germany. And who says that Sweden is Europe? Anymore than Vermont is America? "Meticulous, insistent, and elegant." --John Lloyd, Financial Times "A must-read...filled with intriguing facts that add nuance to what can often be a black-and-white debate." --Foreign Affairs "An exhaustive and enthralling catalogue of our commonalities that begs a reconsideration of just what it means to be European or American." --Publishers Weekly
Business Information Markets 2004-2005 is your guide to the lucrative business and professional information content business. The Simba research team appllies its unparalleled brand of competitive analysis to such vertical markets as: -credit information services-legal, tax and public record information services-financial news and research-brokerage information services-marketing information services-healthcare information services Simba has covered the business and professional information services market for more than 20 years, providing strategic intelligence on underlying trends as well as critical metrics and forecasts that pinpoint growth opportunities and warn of risks that lie ahead. This report includes extensively researched profiles of more than 25 key information industry players--public, private and non-profit. Simba's analysts go beyond annual reports and press releases to construct an informed analysis of the future direction of each company and the industry as a whole.
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When you need to find anyone or anything in the library community, just turn to American Library Directory 2004-2005. You'll find detailed profiles for more than 35,000 public, academic, special, and government libraries and library-related organizations in the U.S. and Canada-including addresses, phone and fax numbers, e-mail addresses, network participation, expenditures, holdings and special collections, key personnel, special services, and more-more than 40 categories of library information in all. This indispensable resource makes it easy to: Contact colleagues, other libraries, or library organizations. Locate special collections, rare book and document holdings, and manuscript collections. Find consortium libraries or networks for interlibrary loans, information, or membership. Compare other libraries' facilities, services, and expenditures with yours. Identify libraries equipped for the disabled and other specialized facilities. Find out about seminars and in-service educational programs. Libraries are listed alphabetically by state and city, and registries of library schools and library consortia are included as well.
With libraries under the gun to provide more and better services, and with fewer resources in many cases, they need to come up with innovative and reliable ways to fund new initiatives. Providing targeted access to the most promising major givers, The Big Book of Library Grant Money 2004-2005 is the largest directory available, pulled from an authoritative and up-to-the-minute database of library-specific funders. foundations and givers that have either indicated an interest in giving money to libraries or have already done so. Organized by state, potential donors in The Big Book are profiled with contact and portfolio information, past contributions summary and analysis, and application information. Tailored to be the definitive sourcebook for identifying library-friendly givers, the 2004-2005 edition is a must-have for libraries seeking a share of the more than 13.8 billion dollars set aside by Big Book givers.