If you could create a newspaper headlining the major events of the last decade, it would read very much like this last installment in the "Decades of the 20th Century" series. Following a set format, the author addresses Lifestyle, Fashions and, Fads (dot.com growth, cell phones, terrorist bombers), Arts and Entertainment (alternative music, computer generated animation), Sports ( Tiger Woods, the summer of the home run kings), Politics (Desert Storm, Waco, the fall of the Berlin Wall, Clinton scandals), and Science and Technology (Y2K hysteria, Human Genome project, cloning). Entries, which because of their brevity can only record the highlights, are concise and informative. While it provides a nostalgic overview, readers will have to rely on more detailed accounts to fully understand the events chronicled. Included are black-and-white photos, timeline, bibliography, web sites and index. 2001, Enslow Publishers, $17.95. Ages 12 to 14. Reviewer: Beverley Fahey
Gr 5-8-Overviews of U.S. history, broken down into "Lifestyles, Fashion, and Fads"; "The Arts and Entertainment"; "Sports"; "Politics at Home and Abroad"; and "Science, Technology, and Medicine." 1990s offers sufficient information about the Clinton scandal without becoming salacious. Other topics include terrorism, Desert Storm, and dot-coms. Highlights from 1910s include immigration, World War I, racial tensions, and the growth of labor unions. Feinstein deftly weaves details of popular culture into the larger picture of American culture and politics as well as the world stage. Black-and-white photographs lend immediacy to events now past and convey the energy of life in America. Extensive captions supplement the texts well. Similar treatments for younger readers include Michael V. Uschan's The 1910s (Lucent, 1998) and Judith Condon's The Nineties (RSVP, 2000).-Joyce Adams Burner, Hillcrest Library, Prairie Village, KS Copyright 2001 Cahners Business Information.