This is Who We Were: In the 1990s Review

This is Who We Were: In the 1990s is part of Grey House Publishing’s This is Who We Were series…This volume offers insight into the decade that was the 1990s by looking at America through the lens of class, occupation, or social cause for all regions of the United States. The volume provides a comprehensive look at the decade in five sections: Profiles, Historical Snapshots, Economy of the Times, All Around Us, and Census Data. The Profiles section is arranged in 3 categories: Life at Home; Life at Work; and Life in the Community. The section profiles 28 people, including a cell phone entrepreneur, an immigrant worker and striker, a high school soccer player and coach, and a hydrogen fuel cell visionary, among others. What really makes this section come alive is the original photographs and advertisements. The Historical Snapshots section is broken down into 3 areas: early 1990s, mid-1990s, and late 1990s. The section on the economy gets down to the nuts and bolts of what things cost and what people earned. The section All Around Us presents the decade through 50 primary documents. Last but surely not least in value is the section on Census Data. All data comes from the 2000 U.S. Census, broken down by state; it includes 27 census briefs and 3 special reports. While census data can be found in the official governmental record, the ability to have it in the same volume as the 28 profiles helps the researcher to delve deeper. This is a very useful way to open up the decade up to the reader regardless of their level and ability in the research process. The quality of the work is well crafted and cited. Overall this work is a very useful tool in any reference collection. It will provide more than just a gentle stroll down memory lane. Whether one is unable to remember the 1990s or was born long after the end of the Soviet Union, This Is Who We Were: In the 1990s is a volume you will want to add to your collection.”
-ARBA, 2018