Academic journal article Reference & User Services Quarterly

Consumer Survival: An Encyclopedia of Consumer Rights, Safety, and Protection

Academic journal article Reference & User Services Quarterly

Consumer Survival: An Encyclopedia of Consumer Rights, Safety, and Protection

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Consumer Survival: An Encyclopedia of Consumer Rights, Safety, and Protection. Ed. by Wendy Reibolt and Melanie Horn Mailers. Santa Barbara, CA: ABC-CLIO, 2013. 2 vols. acid free $189 (ISBN: 978-1-59884-936-3). E-book available (978-1-59884-937-1), call for pricing.

The authors' goal in this two-volume encyclopedia is to provide a "cutting edge examination of major issues in consumer affairs blended with topics in human services." (xix). The title explains the coverage as an attempt to cover government agencies and consumer rights and to provide safety and purchasing tips for consumer protection. The encyclopedia focuses on the United States. The intended audiences are high school, public, college, and university libraries as well as social workers and professionals in consumer affairs.

The two volumes, 986 pages in all, have 224 entries organized alphabetically from "Activism" to the "World Trade Organization." Volume 1 includes a list of the entries, puts the entries into eight related topics, and, after the preface, includes a twelve-page history of the consumer movement. Before the entries begin, there is a short one-page government chart as well as a very useful list of presidents and their important policies related to consumers. The entries include fifty-five government agencies, fifty-two pieces of legislation, ten movements, twenty-three organizations, sixteen people, and thirty-eight safeguards. The entries range from one to thirteen pages, two hundred to four thousand words, and conclude with see references and a bibliography Some include sidebars and photographs. …

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