Document Type

Book Review

Publication Date

Winter 2016


American Library Association


The Minimum Wage: A Reference Handbook. Edited by Oren M. Levin-Waldman. Santa Barbara, CA: ABC-CLIO, 2016. 354 p. $58 hardcover (ISBN: 978-1-4408-3394-6), $58 (1 user) e-book (978-1-4408-3395-3).

Debate among economists over the theoretical and actual efficacy of a minimum wage seems as intense today as it ever was and in the American political arena the debate continues to be contentious and sharply divided along party lines. While not a completely balanced treatment, this recent addition to ABC-CLIO’s Contemporary World Issues series is notable because it provides essential background on the struggle for, and against, a minimum wage law that is accessible to those who have little or no knowledge of the history behind it. It provides an introduction to the wide ranging socioeconomic and political motivations and controversies that have surrounded the minimum wage in the United States since it was first enacted into law in 1938 in the Fair Labor Standards Act.



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