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The century for young people
Armstrong, Jennifer, 1961-
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Publication Information:
New York, N.Y. : Random House, [1999]

Physical Description:
245 pages : illustrations (some color), portraits ; 28 cm
General Note:
"A Doubleday book for young readers."

Includes index.
Program Information:
Accelerated Reader AR MG 7.6 12.0 34800.
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D422 .A76 1999 Adult Non-Fiction Non-Fiction Area-Oversize

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Adapted from the #1 national bestseller especially for children 8-12! The twentieth century has been a time of tremendous change, the most eventful hundred years in human history. Join Peter Jennings and Todd Brewster for a fascinating journey back in time to experience the century's greatest moments. Through the vivid first-person accounts of eyewitnesses, the most thrilling--and the most terrifying--events of the past hundred years come to life. Here are the voices of ordinary people--children and adults--expressing their joys and sorrows, their hopes and fears, as they watched history being made. This is history as it was lived, and as it will be remembered for the next hundred years. This lavish book, in association with the television series presented by ABC News and The History Channel, includes more than 200 exquisitely reproduced photographs with an astonishing power to illuminate history. They will delight and appall you, educate and entertain you, as you watch the century unfold before your eyes. This spectacular book is a keepsake for every family's library. It is a riveting read and an essential research volume. It is the story of our time for all time.

Author Notes

Peter Jennings, July 29, 1938 - August 7, 2005

Peter Jennings was born on July 29, 1938 in Toronto, Canada. His father was a reporter with the Canadian Broadcasting Company at the time and at the age of nine, Jennings hosted a half hour weekly children's show for the CBC. jennings attended Carleton University and Rider College.

In 1962, Jennings became co-anchor of Canada's first national commercial network newscast. In 1964 he moved to New York City and found a job as a correspondent for ABC. Jennings worked his way up and eventually became the anchor for ABC's nightly newscast for two years, from 1965 to 1967. He returned to reporting in 1968, and was appointed head of the ABC News Middle East Bureau in Beirut in the 70's.

In 1971, Jennings received the National Headliner Award for his report on Civil War in Bangladesh. He won the Peabody Award for his report on the Egyptian President Anwar al-Sadat in 1974. From 1974 to 1975, Jennings worked as the Washington correspondent for ABC's A.M. America, before heading to London as the chief foreign correspondent.

Once in London, jennings co-anchored ABC's World News Tonight. once the show moved to New York City in 1983, Jennings was made sole anchor of the show. Jennings interviewed Saddam Hussein right before the Gulf War, one of the only western reporters to be allowed to do so. In 1998, he published "The Century," a book of photographs focusing on the American perspective of the 20th century.

Jennings won numerous honors throughout his career, including 16 Emmys and two George Foster Peabody Awards. The Radio and Television News Directors Association awarded Jennings its highest honor, the Paul White Award in 1995, in recognition of his lifetime contributions to journalism. In 2004, he was awarded with the Edward R. Murrow Award for Lifetime Achievement in Broadcasting from Washington State University. Just eight days before his death, Jennings was informed that he would be inducted into the Order of Canada, the nation's highest civilian honor. On February 21, 2006, New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg designated the block on West 66th Street between Columbus Avenue and Central Park West as Peter Jennings Way in honor of the late anchor; the block is home to the ABC News headquarters. Jennings died on August 7, 2005 due to lung cancer.

(Bowker Author Biography)

Reviews 3

Booklist Review

As the end of the year approaches, several books offer a review of the century. Gr. 5^-9--Children's. Gr. 7^-10^-Jennings. Children's History, bountifully illustrated by period photos and color pictures of people, places, artifacts, and works of art, sweeps through the century with a year-by-year account of important events. The major stories are told as current news clippings, and though this gives a sense of immediacy, it also creates unlikely headlines such as "Popeye makes his debut." Libraries may have a nearly identical book on the shelves already. Although the title and cover are completely different, this book is clearly an update of DK's Junior Chronicle of the 20th Century (1997), which begins with the year 1900 and ends with 1996. The new edition adds some introductory pages of fluff and a few new pages of facts to take readers through 1998, raising the question of whether yet another retitled update will appear in the near future, covering all 100 years. Still, children researching or just browsing through the twentieth century will find plenty of interesting facts and photos here. Written from a clearly American point of view, The Century for Young People was adapted by Jennifer Armstrong from Jennings and Brewster's television series and book The Century. Interspersed with the book's cogently written story are many first-person narratives, which record the progress of political and social history by capturing the opinions and voices of people who lived through those times. Black-and-white photos, some home snapshots, some almost as famous as the people and events they portray, appear on nearly every page. Toward the end of the book color photos illustrate some scenes. Reading the book through gives a sense of the vast sweep of events, movements, and change through the last 100 years, as well as how those changes affected the lives of individuals. Young people will also find the book useful for research on periods in American history since 1901. --Carolyn Phelan

Publisher's Weekly Review

With Armstrong's (In My Hands) help, news veterans Jennings and Brewster here smoothly adapt their bestselling tome for adults, The Century, for a younger audience. They offer young Americans a unique look at the past 100 years, via not only archival material but through the eyes of the people who lived through it. The volume combines the authors' affecting storytelling style with an exceedingly appealing design to draw readers into the major events that have shaped our nation (and often the world) in the 20th century. A clear chronology emerges in 12 concise chapters that explore events from the Wright Brothers' early flights to the world's devastating wars, to racial strife and the AIDS epidemic. Each chapter contains illuminating accounts in the words of ordinary people living in extraordinary times. Victor Reuther, a 1930s labor union organizer Ernest Michel, an Auschwitz survivor; and Inez Jessie Baskin, who sat at the front of a bus with Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. at the end of the 1955 Montgomery, Ala., bus boycott, are examples of the myriad personalities that give voice to familiar textbook facts. Although the title implies a global approach to the century, many of the world events are limited to the situations that acted as catalysts to drive people to the U.S. from their native countries (e.g., the Russian Revolution, the chaos leading to WWI) or that affected America directly (such as the Vietnam War). What's most noteworthy here is the sense of immediacy the authors' approach offers: the reading experience is akin to peeking at hundreds of fascinating family trees and may well encourage youngsters to inquire about their own relatives' experiences. A bounty of excellent photographs (especially those taken at the turn of the century) accompanied by ample, detailed captions rounds out this essential addition to the family library. Ages 8-up. (Oct.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved

Library Journal Review

Gr 4-9-An adaptation of the adult best-seller that stands alone as a survey of 20th-century history. The respected authors use primary sources throughout the narrative to highlight the events and people of the 1900s-such as an account by a woman who witnessed the Wright Brothers' test flights as a girl; one by the son of the mayor of Warsaw, Poland, in 1939; and another by an American held hostage in Iran. The information is interesting and relevant and of a primarily U.S. focus; major themes are change and race, with little on the arts and sports. Specific dates are less important than the overall picture; there are no time lines and chapters are not necessarily divided up by decade, demonstrating to readers that history does not always come in neat packages. It is a smooth and readable work that, due to the necessity of cramming 100 years into slightly more than twice as many pages, does not go into depth on any specific person or event, but does show their interrelationships and their effects on our world. The final chapter bookends the century with the deaths of England's Queen Victoria in 1901 and Diana, Princess of Wales, in 1997. Excellent-quality, archival photos capture the moments on almost every page. This is a unique and valuable book that will complement the "America in the 20th Century" series (Marshall Cavendish) and This Fabulous Century (Time-Life). If at all possible, buy two copies, one for the reference shelf and one for kids to take home and explore.-Andrew Medlar, Chicago Public Library, IL (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

Table of Contents

1. Seeds of Change 1901-1914p. 3
2. Shell Shock 1914-1919p. 23
3. Boom to Bust 1920-1929p. 43
4. Stormy Weather 1929-1936p. 65
5. Over the Edge 1936-1941p. 83
6. Global Nightmare 1941-1945p. 105
7. An Uneasy Peace 1946-1952p. 125
8. Mass Markets 1953-1961p. 141
9. Into the Streets 1961-1969p. 161
10. Years of Doubt 1969-1981p. 187
11. New Morning 1981-1989p. 205
12. Machine Dreams 1989-1999p. 225
Picture Sourcesp. 242
Indexp. 243