The Alabama Guide is a user-friendly approach to the 'blue book' directories published by many states. Alabama's new entry in the field originated with Governor Bob Riley (who contributes a foreword) and was compiled by the staff of the Alabama Department of Archives and History. The 678-page, full-color book is divided into three major sections. Part One: Portrait of Alabama, which includes 'The Land', 'Historical Alabama', and 'Alabama Today' will be welcomed by students and others interested in a readable, concise overview of state history and contemporary culture. Richly illustrated with historical and modern photographs, maps, and charts, the narrative takes the reader from prehistory to today's diverse Alabama. Part Two: Alabama Government Data includes descriptions with contact information for all state agencies, and profiles of all current state elected officers, legislators, and judges, as well as appointed cabinet members and heads of the major state departments. The state's U.S. senators and members of the U.S. House of Representatives are also profiled, and listings are included for U.S. judges and attorneys. Each county also has a listing with contact information, short history, and key elected officers. An index of municipalities provides population totals and contact information for mayors and clerks. Part Three: Facts and Reports and the appendix include listings and illustrations of state symbols, statistical reports, and a detailed index. In short, the book is a comprehensive reference to all Alabama governmental entities.