School Library JournalGr 7-10-A year-by-year tour through some of the popular American music, films, and television shows of past decades. Trends in media, entertainment, fashion, and car design are also described. Significant political and news events are arranged chronologically in sidebars. Epstein is well versed in popular culture and does not hesitate to interject his own opinions, highlight films that he considers to be significant (such as Caf Flesh), or mention his views of the less-than-perfect talents of some highly successful entertainers. And chances are that the occasional missing or oddly hyphenated word and use of media jargon won't faze most readers, although some may be disappointed that not all of the entertainers and fashions mentioned are illustrated. However, there are numerous color photographs of other celebrities, period designs, and clothing styles; color panels behind the text; and large-type subheadings, resulting in a layout that's lively and highly visual. The one-page indexes are superfluous; page numbers often refer to only one mention of important media personalities even if information about them appears throughout the volumes. Still, these titles are more comprehensive than other decades series such as those published by Gareth Stevens and Enslow.-Ann G. Brouse, Steele Memorial Library, Elmira, NY Copyright 2001 Cahners Business Information.
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