Who Sixty Years of American Eminence: The Story of Who's Who in America

Who Sixty Years of American Eminence: The Story of Who's Who in America

Who Sixty Years of American Eminence: The Story of Who's Who in America

Who Sixty Years of American Eminence: The Story of Who's Who in America

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Who's Who in America is a book that has become a legend in everyday life; its abbreviated title, Who's Who, has become an idiom. It is many things to many people: one of the finest and most consistently cited reference books in the world, a national institution, and the arbiter of national renown. A listing cannot be bought; it must actually be earned. The accuracy of the listings is esteemed and trusted throughout the world.

Who's Who in America has also been a source of widespread wonder: How does Who's Who do it? What are the criteria -- how do you get into Who's Who? How does such a huge and comprehensive work get put together? Who tracks down inaccuracies -- from outright frauds to white lies? Within the covers of this book the answers to all such questions will be found.

Oddly enough, prior to this present work, there has been no authentic history of what is one of the most famous books in the world. For the first time since its inception in 1899, the publishers of Who's Who have opened their complete archives to make possible an authoritative, first-hand account of the history and standards of this fascinating book. All their files were placed at the author's disposal. Though he received the complete and frank cooperation of the editors, the choice and presentation of material has rested entirely with the writer. No strictures, conditions or censorship in any form . . .

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