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THE Sunday Mercury article 'Breeding ground for fanatics' - a thumbnail sketch of Birmingham's Muslim youth - presented a false image of the whole by focusing only on a tiny part of this community.
Extremely well-organized, the volume presents the history of each trail, gives mileage when going from one state to another, and provides a thumbnail sketch of the geology, flora, and fauna.
This is a thumbnail sketch of Randolph Trumbach's first volume of an ambitious and sustained exploration of sexuality in eighteenth-century London.
So his method of contending with the issues in his book, while incorporating statistics where appropriate, is to give a thumbnail sketch of an individual's theories (Foucault, Derrida, Bloom, deMan -- you name it) that is marvelously clear, and then to show how someone else took a bit from here, a bit from there, and moved "forward" (though the reader is often left wondering about the direction, as Kernan wishes).
Father Mohammed, a Jesuit priest, devotes the first chapter to an orthodox thumbnail sketch of Islamic history, scripture, and belief.
Many of the items on display have been used to illustrate this new A4-sized, 60-page museum guide, which serves a dual purpose as a thumbnail sketch of British racing itself.
In his book The Moral Animal, Robert Wright provides a thumbnail sketch of how this process might work:
Develop a thumbnail sketch of the company, including its business, its industry, its size and the names of key officers.
We presented the government with a thumbnail sketch of what the new corporation could be and we wanted $2-million to flesh this out.
The novel begins with his list of top five heartbreaks, which he annotates, thus giving the reader a thumbnail sketch of Rob's life.
I gave him a brief thumbnail sketch of William Faulkner--Mississippian, great writer, appreciator of the soil and good bourbon--before quoting what Faulkner had written of the mule: 'He will work for you patiently for ten years for the chance to kick you once.
offers an excellent thumbnail sketch of Grail's history with its spiritually rich and politically responsive developments in recent years, including the introduction of neopaganism, holistic health, and ecofeminism in the 1980s.