I was pleasantly surprised to see an article about the wonders of the Statistical Abstract in the Jan. 18, 2010 issue of Newsweek, entitled “Suicide, Sex, and SUVs: This book covers them all—and more.” The author, Robert J. Samuelson, states:
I confess to being an avid fan of the Statistical Abstract, published annually by the Census Bureau, because it tells so much so quickly. The just-published 2010 edition, as always, bulges with information. For me, the Stat Abstract is often the first go-to source for a story, because it substitutes evidence for speculation.
Of course, in the print version of the magazine’s article, the author doesn’t mention where you can find this document at your local library and/or Federal Depository Library and he doesn’t mention that it is also available online for free via the federal government, and the online article links to a copy of the Statistical Abstract that you can purchase at Amazon. Huh?! I made a comment with the link to the free online version and provided a link to the FDLP Directory for those that want to look at a print copy of the document at their local FDL.
But it is good to see government documents in the news!