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Title:
20th century day by day.
Publication Information:
London : DK Publishing, [1999]

©1999
Physical Description:
1542 pages : color illustrations ; 29 cm
Language:
English
Subject Term:
ISBN:
9780789446404
Format :
Book

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Newstead Library CB425 .T94 1999 Adult Non-Fiction Reference material
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Summary

Summary

Perfect for students, researchers, history buffs, and anyone curious about the people, places, and events of the last 100 years, 20th Century Day by Day is both the ultimate guide to humankind's most tragic and triumphant century and a perfect millennium gift and keepsake. Featuring thousands of great color and black-and-white illustrations and text written in a lively, journalistic "you are there" style, this special millennium edition of a classic reference work features coverage updated through 1999 and a dazzling new jacket.


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Library Journal Review

These large references books both cover 20th-century history and culture, and while the editors seem to agree that history is primarily the sum of small events, the results differ significantly. American Chronicle, which merely adds six years of coverage to the authors' earlier Columbia Chronicles of American Life, 1910-1992 (Columbia Univ., 1995), provides annual summaries. A hybrid mix furnishes almanac-like facts (e.g., yearly sport champions, arts and sciences award winners) and unofficial pop-cultural milestones, selected and presented in an arbitrary and informal way. For instance, advertisements appear to have been chosen because they seemed clever rather than representative of a given year. While certain entries summarizing listings of TV and arts premieres offer useful information, others, such as the annual digests of fashion trends, are quite haphazard and almost tongue-in-cheek. Despite the occasional black-and-white photo, the book's layout is uninspired. While it re-creates the sense of each year from 1910 through 1998, it falls short of being useful for anything but trivia. With its bright color graphics and its daily diary format, 20th Century Day by Day immediately appears to be a different sort of book. The dates covered fall into two categories: briefly noted items appear in columnar form, while major events receive several paragraphs, often accompanied by wonderful visuals. The writing is clear and, in the longer entries, usually provides broader context for events that receive focus. Unfortunately, while arrows sometimes direct readers to subsequent events, no notations direct readers to events leading up to a particular day, making it difficult to gain a balanced historical sense of cause and effect for each day's events. Still, the book, which extends through April 1993, offers a lively summary useful for both reference and browsing.--Charles K. Piehl, Mankato State Univ., MN (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.


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