In the Historical Dictionary of the Shakers, Second Edition, Stephen J. Paterwic offers an extensive and fastidiously compiled volume of Shaker history and community.... As a reference work, the book has some welcome features. The new addition offers boldface type for the cross-referencing of terms, and a detailed chronology outlining the complex tradition. Its thorough bibliography is organized by sub-headings for topical reference, including recent and seminal secondary works about Shaker people, culture, theology, and Shaker publications and periodicals. Expanded topics in this second edition incorporate photography and selected works of poetry and fiction, as well as updated lists of websites for further research about the Shaker tradition, and for the archives and visitor centers of particular Shaker communities. Appendices contain valuable samples of communal covenants and daily schedules and rules for Shakers, while the text benefits from the inclusion of historic photos throughout.