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The Century for Young People: 1961-1999: Changing America

The Century for Young People: 1961-1999: Changing America

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by Peter Jennings

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Experience the greatest moments of the 20th century with an accessible narrative that makes history come alive.

Adapted from the #1 national bestseller especially for young readers!

The twentieth century was a time of tremendous change, the most eventful hundred years in human history. Join Peter Jennings and Todd Brewster for a fascinating


Experience the greatest moments of the 20th century with an accessible narrative that makes history come alive.

Adapted from the #1 national bestseller especially for young readers!

The twentieth century was a time of tremendous change, the most eventful hundred years in human history. Join Peter Jennings and Todd Brewster for a fascinating journey back in time to experience, through vivid first-person accounts, the most surprising and the most terrifying events of the past hundred years. These are the voices of ordinary people--children and adults--who were part of history in the making. Their joys and sorrows, their hopes and fears provide a compelling insider's look at momentous events that have reshaped the world. The Century for Young People is a riveting read and an essential research resource. It is the story of our time for all time.

Editorial Reviews

Children's Literature - Greg M. Romaneck
It is November 22, 1963 and a shaken journalist watches as President John F. Kennedy is fatally wounded while riding in a Dallas motorcade. A day later that same journalist becomes one of the first people to see the 8-millimeter film shot by a resident that captures the death not only of a president but also of much of America's innocence. This one anecdote is representative of the amazing quotations and primary source story-telling that make up book three of Jennings and Brewster's fine three volume history of the twentieth century. As in the other two books in this fascinating series, the authors combine a steady narrative with numerous first person accounts of critical events in the late twentieth century. Topics such as the Vietnam War, the rise of the women's movement, Watergate, and environmental issues all are handled in a way that brings history to life. Through the interpretive words of the authors, and the memories of people who actually lived through the historic events, readers are vividly transported back in time. This approach to history will open the doors of interest and comprehension to readers young and old. Reviewer: Greg M. Romaneck

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Peter Jennings (1938-2005) was the chief anchor of ABC's World News Tonight. In more than forty years as a broadcast journalist, he worked in most parts of the world, from the American South to Southern Africa, from the Middle East to eastern Europe and the former Soviet Union. Among the hundreds of programs he was a part of, he treasured those he had done with and for the young.

Todd Brewster was the senior editorial producer of ABC's The Century television series. In more than twenty-five years as a journalist, he has covered the American national political scene and the collapse of Communism in eastern Europe, both for Life, where he was a writer and editor. He is currently the director of the Center for Oral History at the U.S. Military Academy at West Point.

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The Century for Young People: 1961-1999: Changing America 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
AmazingKidsReview More than 1 year ago
Peter Jennings and Todd Brewster adapted their #1 bestseller for young readers in this series of books. The three books are listed under the name The Century for Young People with the subheadings of: Becoming Modern America: 1901 - 1935, Defining America: 1936-1961, Changing America: 1961-1999. Being a true history buff I was very excited to review this series of books. The twentieth century was arguably the most eventful time in history and I wanted to see how the authors would cut all the important events down into a manageable group for kids. These books take us on a journey through time and provide an excellent overview that will not tax young readers. Although this book barely scratches the surface of all the events that took place over the century, the authors do make the events come alive with personal accounts that relate the thoughts, actions and attitudes of ordinary men, women, and children that actually experienced the events at the time. You will read stories of the immigrant experience, the wars and injustices, the change in movies and sports, space exploration, bus boycotts, the New York Fair through the eyes of an electrician's daughter, the women's movement and much more. Readers can sit down and read the whole book or just read about a certain event. The books include a great index at the back to help kids use the books as a reference. The global events are included only from the perspective of their impact on Americans. Also, there are some events covered which may be a little disturbing to younger children (that is why I increased the age recommendation to 10 and over). However, there is a lot to be learned from history and I believe that kids can understand the past better with books that make it come to life for them. Sometimes this means making wars, depression, revolution and communism come to life in a way that makes some kids a little uncomfortable. It can open their eyes to what society is capable of at its best and worst. But hopefully it will add meaning and help change the future with the lessons they will learn. As with all books, parents should be prepared to review the books with their children and discuss anything that makes them become confused or uncomfortable. I did not find the stories disturbing, but enlightening and I think you will too. As an example, the authors talk about the Martin Luther King assassination. Rather than focus just on the facts of the event, the authors chose to relate the reaction of Robert Kennedy at a campaign rally. After announcing that King had been killed, he told them, "You can be filled with bitterness, with hatred and a desire for revenge, "he said. "We can move in that direction as a country..Or we can make an effort, as Martin Luther King did.to replace that violence, that stain of bloodshed.with an effort to understand, with compassion and love." By highlighting important quotes like this, the authors make the stories more personal and also leave the readers with a sense of hope in the future and purpose for the events. The major themes of change and race will leave the reader with the feeling that one event or person can definitely make quite a difference on our lives. It is definitely worth reading all three books. It will make you look at the past, and the future, in a different way.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago