This volume presents a year-by-year account of the past hundred years: a parade of politicians and film stars, athletes and kings, flappers and beatniks, hippies and punks -- and also the millions of people who found themselves caught up in the making of history.
It is a chronicle of stories as they might appear on the front pages: through two world wars and the rise and fall of the Soviet Empire, to the trends, fashions, and novelties that have entered our daily lives -- pop music, instant coffee, nylon stockings, and biro pens.
Written in the style of a newspaper and complemented by stunning contemporary photographs, this retrospective look at the events of the twentieth century brings them vividly to life.
Some of the special features that enliven this book are:
-- Maps in color illustrating diplomatic and military conflicts
-- Charts outlining the most important events of each year
-- Special sections on cultural and technological changes