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People of the century
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New York : Simon & Schuster, 1999.
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448 pages : illustrations (some color) ; 27 cm
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The atom has been split, genes spliced and sheep cloned, the silicon chip and rock and roll were invented, and inherited ideas about logic and learning have been overthrown. The 20th century has been shaped by many and this collection selects 100 influential leaders, artists, intellects and heroes.

Author Notes

Walter Isaacson was born on May 20, 1952 in New Orleans, Louisiana. He received a B. A. in history and literature from Harvard College. He then attended the University of Oxford, where he was a Rhodes Scholar at Pembroke College and read philosophy, politics, and economics.

He began his career in journalism at The Sunday Times of London and then the New Orleans Times-Picayune/States-Item. He joined TIME in 1978 and served as a political correspondent, national editor and editor of new media before becoming the magazine's editor in 1996. He became Chairman and CEO of CNN in 2001, and then president and CEO of the Aspen Institute in 2003.

He has written numerous books including American Sketches, Einstein: His Life and Universe, Benjamin Franklin: An American Life, Kissinger: A Biography, Steve Jobs, and The Innovators: How a Group of Hackers, Geniuses, and Geeks Created the Digital Revolution. He is the co-author, with Evan Thomas, of The Wise Men: Six Friends and the World They Made.

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Booklist Review

These thumbnail sketches of 100 men and women of international consequence convey a remarkable trenchancy despite their brevity, and they prove to be not simple capsule biographies but critical evaluations as well. The range is wide in terms of the subjects' areas of endeavor, from business to politics and much between--art, literature, technology, fashion, science, dance, music, and the cinema. The authors chosen to write these little essays are noteworthy figures themselves. For instance, intellectual historian Peter Gay writes about Sigmund Freud; Edmund Morris, lately controversial for his "biography" of Ronald Reagan, talks about Theodore Roosevelt in a traditional fashion; Lee Iacocca treats Henry Ford; Bill Gates finds interesting things to say about the Wright brothers; and Salmon Rushdie speaks his mind on Mohandas Gandhi. This liberally illustrated volume is well suited to reference work and report making, but browsers will find much to enjoy here, too. --Brad Hooper

Publisher's Weekly Review

Millenniumism is upon us: the editors of Time magazine and CBS News have amassed an engaging, if mostly predictable, overview of the most important women and men of the past century. Though there are a few questionable choices (why, for example, is Pope John Paul II included, when John XXIII is not? Why does Richard Rodgers make an appearance here and not George Gershwin? Where is D.W. Griffith? Elvis? Frank Lloyd Wright?), generally the selections make senseÄeven Bart Simpson as Number 99. The writing and opinions mostly range from the reverent (William F. Buckley on Pope John Paul II or Peter Gay on Sigmund Freud) to the fawning (Peggy Noonan on Ronald Reagan). But every now and then the collection offers a pleasant surprise: Salman Rushdie presents an unromantic view of Mohandas Gandhi and Indian history that is filled with surprising facts; Reeve Lindbergh deals forthrightly and honestly with the isolationist and anti-Semitic views of her father, Charles Lindbergh. Other entries avoid the thorny issues: Lee Iacocca downplays Henry Ford's anti-Semitism and his union busting, although Iacocca's view is balanced somewhat by Irving Bluestone's astute piece on Walter Reuther, which features a photograph of the labor leader bloodied by Ford's goons. Lavishly illustrated, this is a fin de siŠcle coffee-table book, but not a comprehensive history. (Nov.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved

Table of Contents

Dan RatherPeter GayMarina WarnerEdmund MorrisIvan AmatoLee IacoccaBill GatesSalman RushdieDavid RemnickDaniel KadlecJohn KeeganMolly IvinsJames GleickGloria SteinemDiane Schuur and David JacksonDr. David HoRobert HughesArthur Schlesinger Jr.Paul GrayPhilip GlassJeffrey KlugerRobert B. ReichIngrid SischyDoris Kearns GoodwinBudd SchulbergJoseph NoceraAmos OzWitold RybczynskiHugh SideyHelen VendlerElie WieselDaniel DennettAnn DouglasMichael D. LemonickStanley KarnowMarcy Carsey and Tom WernerStuart EwenJonathan D. SpenceTerry TeachoutAndrew Lloyd WebberSusan CheeverSeymour PapertEdna BuchananRichard BransonGeorge J. ChurchStanley CrouchRichard RhodesRichard SchickelMilton ViorstReeve LindberghJacques PepinDonald C. JohansonCouglas HofstadterNeil PostmanRichard LacayoPeter MatthiessenIrving BluestoneGordon MooreGrace MirabellaBharati MukherjeePeggy NoonanRichard ZoglinPaul GrayRita DoveJan MorrisJohn GreenwaldWilfrid SheedBruce HandyRobert WrightJohn HueyAndre BrinkHarold BloomHenry AaronWilliam F. Buckley Jr.Kenichi OhmaeFang Lizhi and Romesh RatnesarRichard SchickelPaul JohnsonMichael LewisPaul RudnickAriel DorfmanJack E. WhiteRoger RosenblattJohn CloudTatyana TolstayaJames CollinsKurt LoderHenry KissingerJoel SteinJay CocksColin PowellGeorge PlimptonChristopher John FarleyTimothy Garton AshRoger EbertDeborah TannenJoshua QuittnerDavid GelernterIan BurumaRichard CorlissPico IyerWalter Isaacson
The Reporter's Centuryp. 12
Sigmund Freudp. 20
Emmeline Pankhurstp. 24
Theodore Rooseveltp. 27
Leo Baekelandp. 31
Henry Fordp. 35
The Wright Brothersp. 40
Mohandas Gandhip. 44
Vladimir Ilyich Leninp. 49
A. P. Gianninip. 53
Winston Churchillp. 56
Willis Carrierp. 61
Albert Einsteinp. 65
Margaret Sangerp. 69
Helen Kellerp. 73
Alexander Flemingp. 76
Pablo Picassop. 80
Franklin Delano Rooseveltp. 85
James Joycep. 91
Igor Stravinskyp. 95
Robert Goddardp. 98
John Maynard Keynesp. 103
Coco Chanelp. 108
Eleanor Rooseveltp. 112
Louis B. Mayerp. 116
Charles Edward Merrillp. 121
David Ben-Gurionp. 125
Le Corbusierp. 129
The Kennedysp. 132
T. S. Eliotp. 136
Adolf Hitlerp. 140
Ludwig Wittgensteinp. 145
Charlie Chaplinp. 150
Edwin Hubblep. 155
Ho Chi Minhp. 159
David Sarnoffp. 162
Leo Burnettp. 166
Mao Zedongp. 170
Martha Grahamp. 174
Rodgers and Hammersteinp. 178
Bill W.p. 183
Jean Piagetp. 187
Lucky Lucianop. 191
Juan Trippep. 195
Stephen Bechtelp. 199
Louis Armstrongp. 203
Enrico Fermip. 208
Walt Disneyp. 212
Ayatullah Ruhollah Khomeinip. 217
Charles Lindberghp. 221
Ray Krocp. 225
The Leakey Familyp. 229
Kurt Godelp. 233
Philo Farnsworthp. 237
William Levittp. 241
Rachel Carsonp. 246
Walter Reutherp. 251
William Shockleyp. 255
Estee Lauderp. 260
Mother Teresap. 263
Ronald Reaganp. 267
Lucille Ballp. 273
Alan Turingp. 278
Rosa Parksp. 282
Hillary and Tenzingp. 286
Thomas Watson Jr.p. 290
Jonas Salkp. 294
Frank Sinatrap. 298
Watson and Crickp. 301
Sam Waltonp. 305
Nelson Mandelap. 309
Billy Grahamp. 313
Jackie Robinsonp. 317
Pope John Paul IIp. 321
Ako Moritap. 325
Andrei Sakharovp. 330
Marlon Brandop. 334
Margaret Thatcherp. 338
Pete Rozellep. 342
Marilyn Monroep. 346
Che Guevarap. 350
Martin Luther King Jr.p. 354
Anne Frankp. 358
Harvey Milkp. 362
Mikhail Gorbachevp. 366
Jim Hensonp. 370
The Beatlesp. 374
Pelep. 380
Bruce Leep. 384
Bob Dylanp. 388
The American GIp. 392
Muhammad Alip. 396
Aretha Franklinp. 400
Lech Walesap. 404
Steven Spielbergp. 408
Oprah Winfreyp. 412
Tim Berners-Leep. 415
Bill Gatesp. 419
Dianna, Princess of Walesp. 423
Bart Simpsonp. 427
Unknown Tiananmen Square Rebelp. 430
Afterword: Our Century ... and the Next Onep. 434
Contributorsp. 440
Photo Creditsp. 446