American Chronicle: Year by Year Through the Twentieth Century

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This book is the ultimate American almanac, a unique record of life in the United States since 1900. For the first time, all the news, entertainment, art, literature, science and technology, sports, and fashion highlights are recorded in a single book, and this documentation is enriched by anecdotes, facts and figures, ads and fads, headlines, and memorable quotations - as well as by more than a thousand photographs. And in addition to the listings, a lively and perceptive essay by Lois and Alan Gordon introduces...
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Overview

This book is the ultimate American almanac, a unique record of life in the United States since 1900. For the first time, all the news, entertainment, art, literature, science and technology, sports, and fashion highlights are recorded in a single book, and this documentation is enriched by anecdotes, facts and figures, ads and fads, headlines, and memorable quotations - as well as by more than a thousand photographs. And in addition to the listings, a lively and perceptive essay by Lois and Alan Gordon introduces each decade, capturing the flavor of each period.
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These large references books both cover 20th-century history and culture, and while the editors seem to agree that history is primarily the sum of small events, the results differ significantly. American Chronicle, which merely adds six years of coverage to the authors' earlier Columbia Chronicles of American Life, 1910-1992 (Columbia Univ., 1995), provides annual summaries. A hybrid mix furnishes almanac-like facts (e.g., yearly sport champions, arts and sciences award winners) and unofficial pop-cultural milestones, selected and presented in an arbitrary and informal way. For instance, advertisements appear to have been chosen because they seemed clever rather than representative of a given year. While certain entries summarizing listings of TV and arts premieres offer useful information, others, such as the annual digests of fashion trends, are quite haphazard and almost tongue-in-cheek. Despite the occasional black-and-white photo, the book's layout is uninspired. While it re-creates the sense of each year from 1910 through 1998, it falls short of being useful for anything but trivia. With its bright color graphics and its daily diary format, 20th Century Day by Day immediately appears to be a different sort of book. The dates covered fall into two categories: briefly noted items appear in columnar form, while major events receive several paragraphs, often accompanied by wonderful visuals. The writing is clear and, in the longer entries, usually provides broader context for events that receive focus. Unfortunately, while arrows sometimes direct readers to subsequent events, no notations direct readers to events leading up to a particular day, making it difficult to gain a balanced historical sense of cause and effect for each day's events. Still, the book, which extends through April 1993, offers a lively summary useful for both reference and browsing.--Charles K. Piehl, Mankato State Univ., MN Copyright 2000 Cahners Business Information.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780300075878
  • Publisher: Yale University Press
  • Publication date: 10/28/1999
  • Edition description: Subsequent
  • Pages: 1024
  • Product dimensions: 8.57 (w) x 10.93 (h) x 2.02 (d)

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 18, 2003

    fabulous

    This by far is the best book I have ever owned. I am a bit of a history buff and this answered alot of questions and is jam packed with incredible facts and tidbits of info. Almost makes you feel like you lived the 100 years. I would recomend the book to everyone. Its a great conversation piece and a must have for every book shelf. sherlock738

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