Well-worth its price, American Hymns is a definitive resource for both scholars studying the field of music, or simply for "hymn-enthusiasts!" Aside from the main divisions by century, the book also divides the song content by denomination. As a researcher in Early American psalmody, I have used its material heavily in my own studies. From the time the pilgrims stepped foot onto our soil through the latter portion of our 20th century, a quality cross-section of the repertoire is presented with research notes and historical background. Highest recommendation!