Houghton Mifflin

October 16, 2006 10:25 ET

Houghton Mifflin Releases Two History Titles in the Groundbreaking Student Achievement Series

BOSTON--(Collegiate Presswire - October 16, 2006) - According to a recent National Geographic-Roper Public Affairs study, 46 percent of 18- to 24-year-olds lack basic geo-political knowledge of the United States and have a limited understanding of the world beyond U.S. borders. To help reverse that trend, Houghton Mifflin is presenting history in a college student- and instructor-approved format with two new textbooks in the Student Achievement Series: The Enduring Vision: A History of the American People and The Earth and Its Peoples: A Global History.

The two history textbooks include all the distinguishing features of Houghton Mifflin's Student Achievement Series: concise copy in a bulleted format; highlighted key terms with definitions in the margins; an open, user-friendly design; greater utilization of testing and review materials that reinforce key concepts; and strong supporting Web sites for quizzing and self-assessment that are completely integrated with the textbooks. Student Achievement Series textbooks are based on extensive research conducted with more than 600 students and instructors from 40 universities, and incorporate their comments, feedback and preferences into the design and content.

The Enduring Vision: A History of the American People balances political, social and cultural history in a clear, chronological framework. Each chapter features the latest scholarship, with a special emphasis on the environment.

The Earth and Its Peoples: A Global History is a world history survey textbook that focuses on the themes of environment and technology and diversity and dominance to provide a balanced perspective and a comparative approach. Special emphasis is given to technology and how it underlies all human activity.

"We applied everything we learned from students and instructors from across the country to create a completely new textbook model with the Student Achievement Series," said Lise Johnson, senior sponsoring editor and market strategy manager, Houghton Mifflin College Division. "With history and business textbooks now available, it's clear that this model can be applied across subjects. As we continue to expand the Student Achievement Series, Houghton Mifflin will offer students in various academic fields of study the opportunity to benefit from our groundbreaking re-engineering of the college textbook."

The Enduring Vision: A History of the American People is written by Paul S. Boyer, University of Wisconsin-Madison; Clifford E. Clark, Jr., Carleton College; Sandra McNair Hawley, San Jacinto College; Joseph F. Kett, University of Virginia; Neal Salisbury, Smith College; Harvard Sitkoff, University of New Hampshire; and Nancy Woloch, Barnard College. The Earth and Its Peoples: A Global History is written by Richard Bulliet, Columbia University; Pamela Crossley, Dartmouth College; Steven Hirsch, Tufts University; Daniel Headrick, Roosevelt University; Lyman Johnson, University of North Carolina-Charlotte; and David Northrup, Boston College.

About Houghton Mifflin

Boston-based Houghton Mifflin Company is one of the leading educational publishers in the United States, with more than $1 billion in sales. Houghton Mifflin publishes textbooks, instructional technology, assessments and other educational materials for elementary and secondary schools and colleges. The Company also publishes an extensive line of reference works and award-winning fiction and nonfiction for adults and young readers. With its origins dating back to 1832, Houghton Mifflin combines its tradition of excellence with a commitment to innovation. The Company's Web site can be found at www.hmco.com.

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