The Library of Congress Federal Research Division has issued the latest three volumes in a series of country studies published under an agreement with the U.S. Department of the Army: South Africa: A Country Study, edited by Rita Byrnes; Kazakstan, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan, and Uzbekistan: Country Studies, edited by Glenn E. Curtis; and Mexico: A Country Study, edited by Tim L. Merrill and Ramon Miro.
The series consists of 106 titles covering 143 sovereign states and 15 dependencies. A typical book in the series, intended as an introduction to an individual country, contains five chapters describing and analyzing its history, society, economy, government and politics, and national security. Books encompassing several countries or an entire region, such as the new book on the five Central Asian states, provide the same information in a somewhat condensed format. All books in the series are hardbound and contain maps, charts, photographs, tables, chapter bibliographies, a glossary and an index.
Nearly 1.2 million copies of the books in the series have been sold by the U.S. Superintendent of Documents, and more than 242,000 copies have been distributed to depository libraries throughout the United States.
A list of books in print in the series is available in writing from the Country Studies Program, Federal Research Division, Library of Congress, Washington, DC 20540-4840 or via telephone (202-707-2888), fax (202-707-3920), or email.
To purchase the books, write to the Superintendent of Documents, U.S. Government Printing Office, Washington, DC 20402. Titles and stock numbers must be cited when ordering (South Africa -- $32, 008-020-01433-8; Kazakstan et al -- $33, 008-020-01434-6; and Mexico -- $25, 008-020-01432-0). Include check or money order payable to the Superintendent of Documents. Credit card purchases may be made by phone at (202) 512-1800. Country studies can also be purchased through the Sales Shop, Library of Congress, Washington, DC 20540-4985.