Century / Edition 1by Peter Jennings
Pub. Date: 11/10/1998
Publisher: Bantam Doubleday Dell Publishing Group
What was it like to watch the Wright Brothers soar into the sky? To hear the first crackling voice aired on the radio? To cower in the ghastly trenches of Europe during World War I? To lose everything in the stock-market crash of 1929, or experience the birth of rock and roll? To watch the Berlin Wall divide East and West, and then, twenty-eight years later, to see it fall under the weight of tens of thousands seeking to taste freedom? For the past seven years, researchers, reporters, and producers for ABC News have searched the world's archives for the rarest and most stunning photographs and images, consulted eminent twentieth-century historians, and discovered and interviewed hundreds of eyewitnesses and participants in the significant moments of the most eventful one hundred years in human history.
The result is this spectacular book, the independent companion volume to the landmark ABC News and The History Channel television series The Century. Co-written by ABC News Anchor Peter Jennings and Senior Editorial Producer Todd Brewster, The Century features a narrative of extraordinary quality that tracks major themesthe impact of technology, the soaring of the imagination, the ghastly violence, the joy of entertainmentthrough chronological chapters recounting the signal moments of each era in the century. From "Seeds of Change: 1901-1914" to "Machine Dreams: 1990-1999," each chapter is threaded through with fascinating first-person accounts of the great events of the twentieth century, and illustrated with over five hundred color and black-and-white photographs (many never published before)reproduced in exquisite depth and clarity.
The Century presents history as it was lived, and as it will be remembered for the next hundred years. Here is a keepsake volume destined to be an essential part of every family's library: an epic journey through the last hundred years, whose heroes are our grandparents, our parents, ourselves.
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We used this book in our Home School co-op and found the first 2/3 of the book VERY helpful and informative. It seemed that when Jennings was relying on research and the work of others, the account was balanced and helpful. However, once this book got into covering the period when Jennings was actively reporting, the liberal bias made both the text and pictures less and less appealing. One example of many I could cite is that I only found one tiny picture of Ronald Reagan--and that was of him in the distance, giving a speech. Reagan, whatever you may believe about his politics, was President for eight years and dramatically changed the political and foreign policies of America. Other weaknesses, IMHO, were the focus, especially in pictures, on violence in the latter third of the book, and on other pet liberal themes. There is obviously no history of the church included in this book, either.
This great piece of work form two of the best journalists around combine their resources to create 'The Century'.it takes you on a journey through the century that defined this nation,highlighting things like both World Wars and many other great moments s that defined the time.
Everything that is presented is first-rate quality. The only problem is the cassette version seems to be a narration of the video series without the video. There are long pauses. Each of the fifteen tapes begins with a redundant introduction on the first side and closes with a lengthy 'we hope you have enjoyed this Bantam Doubleday Dell recording . . .' The cassettes also have a short cycle of less than a half hour per side of actual material. In short, too much wasted space on each cassette and plenty of room for more details on events. Again, what's there is great, but what's missing is what would have made the 15 set series worth the money.
Facinating and a lesson in history. The research that must have gone into it shows. It is a book for all generations.
THE CENTURY is more about taking advantage of century hype in the popular media than it is about the 20th century. Even if THE CENTURY's coverage went through 1999 (it doesn't) it would still be one year short of covering the 20th century. The fact that the publisher could not wait until the end of the century calls into question the integrity of the publisher and the book.