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General Amish Information

The Amish in Their Own Words
The Amish of Holmes County
Amish Society
A History of the Amish
Plain Reader
The Riddle of Amish Culture


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The Amish in Their Own Words: Amish Writings from 25 Years of Family Life Magazine
by Brad Igou (Editor), Paperback: 400 pages, Herald Press (PA) (October 1, 1999)
"The tale of modern life is mixed..."
 
The Amish of Holmes County: A culture, a religion, a way of life
(Various authors), Hardcover: 272 pages, Spectrum Publications; 2 edition (1996)
Compendium of local newpaper columns on beliefs and traditions of the Amish in Holmes County, Ohio.
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Amish Society
by John A. Hostetler, Paperback: 435 pages, Johns Hopkins University Press; 4th edition (July 1, 1993)
"SMALL COMMUNITIES, with their distinctive character-where life is stable and intensely human-are disappearing..."
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The Complete Idiot's Guide to Understanding the Amish
by Susan Rensberger, Paperback: 360 pages, Alpha Books (June 1, 2003)
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A History of the Amish, Revised and Updated!
by Steven M. Nolt, Paperback: 317 pages, Good Books; Rev&Updtd edition (April 25, 2004)
From Library Journal
The author, currently a historical interpreter (i.e., a historian and a kind of tour guide) in the Amish country of Lancaster County, Pennsylvania, successfully presents the entire history of the Amish since 1525 while avoiding both the overly sentimental approach of much popular writing and the anti-Amish bias of the rest. Nolt's emphasis on the role of "shunning" may strike some scholars as overly strong, but he is otherwise quite convincing. John Hostetler's Amish Roots ( LJ 11/1/89) provides a good selection of primary sources; Nolt puts these views in context, while including enough primary material to depict vividly the Amish way of life and beliefs. There are other more detailed and scholarly works about various aspects of the subject, but this is the only recent general history. It is marred, however, by a somewhat confusing organization and bland style. Nevertheless, in view of the general public's appalling lack of knowledge on the subject, this is an essential purchase.
- James H. Sweetland, SLIS, Univ. of Wisconsin-Milwaukee
Copyright © 1993 Reed Business Information, Inc.
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Plain Reader
by SCOTT SAVAGE, Paperback: 272 pages, Ballantine Books; 1st ed edition (May 5, 1998)
"If information highways are the wave of the future then I will build information country roads on which the traveller can reach the truth faster by going slower. . . ."

On these same country roads, far from the intrusions of modern technology, the Amish, Quakers, and other "plain folk" live their unencumbered lives, close to the land, in peaceful, smoothly-run communities. The thought-provoking, often challenging essays in The Plain Reader are written by men and women who rarely speak outside the borders of their local townships, and provide us with unique perspectives on life stripped down to necessity. Originally published in Plain Magazine, these pieces are sure to inspire reflection.
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The Riddle of Amish Culture (Center Books in Anabaptist Studies)
by Donald B. Kraybill
"The tale of modern life is mixed..."

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