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"A stunning achievement... Historical Statistics of the United States: Millennial Edition is a resource that academic libraries and larger libraries can ill afford to be without...It will serve as the standard for years to come."
Against the Grain, June 2006

"French semiologist Jean Baudrillard said 'like dreams, statistics are a form of wish fulfillment.' Anyone who enjoys statistics will have their dreams fulfilled by using or browsing through Historical Statistics of the United States, which is highly recommended..."
Booklist (starred review)

"A welcome update to and a significant transformation of a major statistical reference source. Social science researchers will find this to be an extremely useful resource. The narrative chapters accompanying the statistical tables are a major contribution, as they define the subject, provide historical context, and also explain some of the technicalities and derivation of the data. Thanks to logical organization, detailed indexing, comprehensive tables, and a very helpful narrative text, Historical Statistics is a gateway to fascinating factual information about American history and society... Historical Statistics is a fundamental reference source."
DttP, Documents to the People

"This ultimate statistical source on numerical U.S. history has been 30 years overdue for an overhaul; now, finally, the best is even better. A bargain for all libraries supporting research; essential particularly where the original statistical sources from which the title draws are out of print."
Library Journal (starred review)

"For starters, it weighs 29 pounds. It has five volumes. And it's densely packed with more than a million numbers that measure America in mind-boggling detail, from the average annual precipitation in Sweet Springs, Mo., to the wholesale price of rice in Charleston S.C., in 1707...The new edition, which sells for $825 and is also available in an online version, is a gold mine for scholars, students and assorted nerds and numbers crunchers..."
Sam Roberts, The New York Times, February 22, 2006

"The Historical Statistics of the United States, Bicentennial Edition has been a key resource in any library's reference collection. Cambridge, with its Millennial Edition, has provided a much needed update. Not only have the old tables been updated, but new tables have been added. Cambridge has expanded the very useful bibliographical section from the older Census editions and has added a series of scholarly essays as an introduction to the data chapters."
John B. Phillips
Professor and Head, Documents Dept.
Edmon Low Library

"Personally, I found this revision to be an outstanding achievement. The depth and scope of the material is impressive and when coupled with the ability to use the data electronically the HSUS becomes one of the premiere research tools for statistical analysis."
Aimee C. Quinn
Assistant Professor and Assistant Documents Librarian
Richard J. Daley Library
University of Illinois at Chicago

"Let us now praise the newest edition of "Historical Statistics of the United States," whose five volumes and 1,781 tables are about to hit libraries and universities all over the country...Unlike earlier editions, this "Historical Statistics" also comes in an online version that, presumably, will be purchased by most universities, colleges and many libraries. Many ordinary students and scavengers of facts—not just academics—should be able to tap this treasure of figures."
Robert J. Samuelson in NEWSWEEK, January 23, 2006
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"Forthcoming from Cambridge University Press in the spring of 2006 is an update of a landmark reference long overdue for revision. Historical Statistics of the United States: Millennial Edition, a compendium of statistics from over 1000 sources last updated in the distant 1975, has been expanded to include over 37,000 data series-three times more than in the previous edition-and dozens of new topics, among them slavery, American Indians, and poverty. The monumental five-volume work will be available in both print and electronic formats."
Library Journal Reference Roundup

"Last published in 1975, the five-volume behemoth is 'a numerical atlas of the American past.' In addition to making revisions in areas in which there has been significant new scholarship, such as pre-20th century wages, the book covers areas that had been formerly ignored by the Census Bureau's edition, such as slavery, American Indians and technology."
Kirkus Reference Review

"An essential research and reference tool. The editors are to be commended, as well as the contributors to the individual chapters in this volume. They have provided a public good that will advance the profession. Moreover, the narratives that precede the tables in each of the chapters are themselves wonderful with overviews of the data, bibliographic information, and interpretations of some of the key material...This is a fantastic volume to an equally fantastic new edition of Historical Statistics. "