The Century (CD)by Peter Jennings (Narrated by), Todd Brewster
What was it like to see the Wright Brothers soar into the air? To hear the first crackling voice coming over 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, then, twenty-eight years later, see it fall? For the past six years, researchers, reporters, and producers for ABC News have searched the world's archives for revealing historical images and sounds, consulted leading historians, and interviewed hundreds of eyewitnesses to the significant moments of this most eventful one hundred years in human history.
The result is this spectacular 15-part audio series, the companion to the landmark ABC News television series The Century. Produced by ABC News for the ABC Television Network and for a separate series for The History Channel, The Century is a sweeping retrospective of the people and events that have shaped this century. Featuring extensive archival recordings, including many selections added exclusively for this audio series, The Century brings the events of the past hundred years into contemporary focus. Anchored by Peter Jennings and featuring fascinating first-person accounts of the great moments of our times, The Century tracks major themes of the past hundred yearsthe impact of technology, the soaring of the imagination, the growth of violence, the increasing primacy of entertainment. Through chronological parts recounting the signal moments of each era, The Centurybrings us the perspective of the many men and women who shaped our time, ordinary people who lived these events, through their own words.
The Century presents history as it was lived, in the voices of those who lived it, and as it will be remembered for the next hundred years. Here is a keepsake that every individual, family and scholar must own: an epic journey through the twentieth century, whose heroes are our grandparents, our parents, ourselves.
- Random House Audio Publishing Group
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- Edition description:
- Abridged, 15 CDs
- Product dimensions:
- 6.71(w) x 5.87(h) x 5.40(d)
Meet the Author
Peter Jennings is Anchor and Senior Editor of ABC News' World News Tonight. In more than thirty-five years as a broadcast journalist, he has covered many of the pivotal events of the century.
Todd Brewster is Senior Editorial Producer of The Century and a former editor and writer with Life magazine.
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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.