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“Holocaust Literature,” Thomas Riggs & Company, Missoula, Montana

Reference Guide to Holocaust Literature
Developed by Thomas Riggs & Company, Missoula, Montana
St. James Press, 2002

Excerpt:
“After World War II, because many publishers were reluctant to publish Holocaust memoirs, it was difficult for Holocaust survivors to confront the world as witnesses to their suffering. New York trade publishers and their counterparts throughout the world felt that the subject was too depressing to be commercially viable. Even such luminous authors as Elie Wiesel and Primo Levi had difficulty finding publishers. By becoming best-selling authors, however, they won the right to be internationally recognized Holocaust witnesses, both for themselves and for other Holocaust authors who followed them.

Wiesel’s citation for the Nobel Prize for Peace reads, ‘Wiesel is a messenger to mankind. His message is one of peace and atonement and human dignity. The message is in the form of a testimony, repeated and deepened through the works of a great author.’ In his book All Rivers Run to the Sea (1995), Wiesel openly admits that, when he was at Auschwitz and Buchenwald, he never expected his Holocaust experience to turn him into such a messenger.” (Thomas Riggs & Company, Missoula, Montana).

Founded in 1995, Thomas Riggs & Company is a book developer and publisher based in Missoula, Montana. It has won numerous awards, including Booklist Editors’ Choice and the American Library Association’s RUSA.

Gale Encyclopedia of U.S. Economic History, 2nd edition, Cengage Learning, 2015

Edited by Thomas Riggs & Company, Missoula, Montana

From the Preface:
“The Gale Encyclopedia of U.S. Economic History, now in its second edition, is a resource for the study of U.S. economic development beginning with the arrival of Europeans in North America. Americans of European descent, initially within 13 British colonies on the East Coast, created the political entity of the United States. They shared land with native peoples before pushing them westward to make room for the country’s growing settlements and economy.
Although the encyclopedia contains entries explaining basic economic concepts, it is not a purely economic guide. Instead, it focuses on elements in U.S. history that had economic consequences or that were the result of economic forces. The entry on Shays’ Rebellion, for example, discusses an uprising of farmers in western Massachusetts in 1786, not long after the end of the American Revolutionary War (1775–83), when the new country was suffering from an economic depression. Armed protesters closed courthouses around the state but were eventually defeated by a state militia. Although the rebellion failed, it helped persuade the country that it needed a stronger national government with more economic powers.” (Thomas Riggs & Company)
Review:
“The second edition is a massive overhaul of the previous 2000 edition and includes 247 new entries, along with a new category entitled “Think Pieces,” which are primarily extended sections on larger topics. Two examples are Economic Development, Federal Involvement In” and “Understanding the Gender Gap: An Economic History of American Women.” The scope of the work is much larger than pure economics, expanding out into broader categories as law, politics, and history . . . Although the audience for this set is high-school to graduate students, it is an exceptional, interdisciplinary work that fulfills several components of the collection-development plan.”
Booklist, 2016

Founded in 1995, Thomas Riggs & Company is a book developer and publisher based in Missoula, Montana.