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Life : our century in pictures
Stolley, Richard B., editor.
First edition.
Publication Information:
New York : Bulfinch Press ; Boston : distributed by Little, Brown and Company, [1999]

Physical Description:
vii, 423 pages : illustrations ; 29 cm
Drawing from Life magazine and the greatest photo archives of our time, this book chronicles our century by way of an unparalleled collection of photographs.
General Note:
"The book spans the century in nine epochs. Each is introduced with an essay by a notable historical commentator"--Jacket.

Includes editor's note: Dust bowls and other dreams (p. vi-vii).

"Epochs and essays"--Jacket back.

"A Bulfinch Press Book"--Title page.
1900-1913: Across the Threshold -- 1914-1919: The War to End All Wars -- 1920-1929: All That Glitters -- 1930-1939: Empty Pockets -- 1940-1945: World on Fire -- 1946-1963: Spreading the Wealth -- 1964-1975: Dissent and Disobedience -- 1976-1992: A Global Burst of Freedom -- 1993-1999:
Added Uniform Title:
Life (New York, N.Y.)
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D426 .L54 1999 Adult Non-Fiction Open Shelf
D426 .L54 1999 Adult Non-Fiction Open Shelf
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D426 .L54 1999 Adult Non-Fiction Open Shelf

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Selected from the photographic archives of LIFE and other major collections, these spellbinding images bring alive the people and events that shaped the twentieth century. With incredible emotional impact, this book captures the triumphs and disasters, the social progress and setbacks, the heroes and villains that have brought us to the dawn of a new century.

Table of Contents

H. W. BrandsDavid M. KennedyGene SmithRobert S. McElvainePaul FussellAnn DouglasTodd GitlinGarry WillsPaul Saffo
Editor's Note: Dust Bowls and Other Dreamsp. VI
1900-1913: Across the Thresholdp. 1
"Rough-Riding into American Hearts"p. 2
Turning Point: Titanic and Beyondp. 26
Requiem: Mark Twain, Geronimo, Leo Tolstoy, Susan B. Anthony ...p. 34
1914-1919: The War to End All Warsp. 39
"Victory Proved Easier Than Peace"p. 40
Turning Point: The American Musicalp. 52
Requiem: Buffalo Bill, Rasputin, Booker T. Washington, the Passenger Pigeon ...p. 74
1920-1929: All That Glittersp. 79
"But Who Pays the Piper?"p. 80
Turning Point: Closing the Gender Gapp. 86
Requiem: Lizzie Borden, Enrico Caruso, Franz Kafka, Wyatt Earp ...p. 106
1930-1939: Empty Pocketsp. 111
"One Depression, Two Remedies"p. 112
Turning Point: The Fugitive Kindp. 126
Requiem: Thomas Edison, Amelia Earhart, Sigmund Freud, George Gershwin ...p. 156
1940-1945: World on Firep. 161
"The Last Casualty Is Innocence"p. 162
Turning Point: Conquest of the Atomp. 208
Requiem: Virginia Woolf, Glenn Miller, Lou Gehrig, F. Scott Fitzgerald ...p. 216
1946-1963: Spreading the Wealthp. 221
"An Age of Boom and Belief"p. 222
Turning Point: Struggle for Respectp. 248
Requiem: Margaret Mitchell, James Dean, Eva Peron, Frank Lloyd Wright ...p. 282
1964-1975: Dissent and Disobediencep. 289
"Choosing Sides in a Culture War"p. 290
Turning Point: Exploring the Heavensp. 314
Requiem: Cole Porter, Che Guevara, Oskar Schindler, Jack Benny ...p. 330
1976-1992: A Global Burst of Freedomp. 337
"A Historical Work in Progress"p. 338
Turning Point: Shrinking the Worldp. 352
Requiem: Bob Marley, Greta Garbo, Charlie Chaplin, Margaret Mead ...p. 384
1993-1999: OurFuture.comp. 391
"And Now the News: Man Bytes Dogma"p. 392
Turning Point: Origin of the Speciesp. 402
Requiem: Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis, Benjamin Spock, Diana, Princess of Wales ...p. 416
Index to Picturesp. 420