National Geographic Eyewitness to the 20th Century

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Using photographs, maps, charts, and time lines, this comprehensive volume portrays this century’s incredible events and developments from the Wright Brothers’ first flight to Neil Armstrong’s walk on the moon, up to the events of today. Organized conveniently by decade, each section begins by highlighting a prevailing issue of the day—America and Big Business, Women’s Suffrage, the 1924 Immigrations Restriction Act, the Great Depression, the Atomic Age, McCarthyism, Civil Rights, the Explosion of Mass Culture, ...
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Overview

Using photographs, maps, charts, and time lines, this comprehensive volume portrays this century’s incredible events and developments from the Wright Brothers’ first flight to Neil Armstrong’s walk on the moon, up to the events of today. Organized conveniently by decade, each section begins by highlighting a prevailing issue of the day—America and Big Business, Women’s Suffrage, the 1924 Immigrations Restriction Act, the Great Depression, the Atomic Age, McCarthyism, Civil Rights, the Explosion of Mass Culture, the Rise of Conservatism, and the End of the Cold War. The 20th century brought forth the most dramatic advances ever made in a single century. No one tells it better than National Geographic Society.
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School Library Journal
YA-A photographic and written record of this century as portrayed in National Geographic. Chapters are arranged thematically by decade and open with a six-page essay discussing each era. A dozen highlights from the magazine itself inform today's readers what was interesting to subscribers at the time. However, most useful of all are the double-page spreads for each year presenting events, people, and themes in short paragraph entries. Brief trends and trivia are listed vertically. A time line appears along the bottom of the pages. Photographs bring the discussions to life and sidebars present interesting developments and people. An essay on the changing role of National Geographic concludes each chapter. This is not as comprehensive or detailed as Peter Jennings's The Century (Doubleday, 1998) but the concise entries should make it a handy resource for report writers or browsers.-Claudia Moore, W. T. Woodson High School, Fairfax, VA
Booknews
Chronicles the events of the last 100 years in a thoughtfully prepared combination of extended interpretive essays, short descriptions (a few paragraphs) of important political, cultural, and economic events--mostly pertaining to the US, but some international items; lists of trends and trivia; discussion of achievements in the sciences; and, of course, some 600 photographs--small, well-chosen ones on every page. Each chapter covers a decade, and each year occupies a two-page spread. Attractively designed and produced, this compendium probably ranks among the best of the "sum-up-the-century" genre. Annotation c. by Book News, Inc., Portland, Or.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780792280637
  • Publisher: National Geographic Society
  • Publication date: 10/1/2004
  • Pages: 400
  • Sales rank: 566,564
  • Product dimensions: 9.16 (w) x 10.84 (h) x 0.79 (d)

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