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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 512 pages
  • Publisher: Phaidon Press; First Edition edition (November 10, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0714857688
  • ISBN-13: 978-0714857688
  • Product Dimensions: 2.1 x 10.3 x 10.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 6.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,058,312 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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McCabe, photographer and former photo editor of the Guardian in London, selects the 500 most culturally significant photographs of the past decade, juxtaposing the worlds of politics, pop culture, sports, and global events. The sequence alternates between anonymous figures and crowds (the luminous faces of hijab-clad Iranian girls waiting for their mothers to cast votes) and celebrities (Yves Saint Laurent pausing for lunch the day before his last runway show). In his opening essay, Jonathon Porritt writes: "t's hard to be particularly optimistic" about this decade, and, the images agree: the toll of violence, disease, and environmental damage has been staggering. However, amid strife and suffering, McCabe's focus is really on the individual, from Obama catching a moment's rest on the campaign trail to a girl running through a library ruined by a cyclone in Burma. While this comprehensive collection covers all the expected major events, the most memorable photographs are the ones that seem the least spectacular, the small moments and individuals caught in history unfolding: (a "dazed survivor" of a suicide bomb detonated in Pakistan, a Lehman Brothers employee on the phone with his family after the announcement of the bank's collapse).
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"A book I've been unable to pull my eyes from..expertly chosen photographs...DECADE is a kaleidoscopic look in the rearview mirror, where the objects are not only closer than they appear but also gaining on us."—Dwight Garner, New York Times

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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By AB on November 11, 2010
Format: Hardcover
This is a stunning look at our recent history. Every major event from around the world is included with full page color photos and a brief explanation for each event. My husband and I paged through for hours remembering the sad and happy events that occurred over the last ten years. The book is a big block of a book and definitely draws attention. Includes photos that were taken by amateur photographers as well as professionals, so it becomes a very personal account of history in some cases. Absolutely stunning - everyone should own this book. We're buying more to give as gifts this season.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By BlogOnBooks on November 24, 2010
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From the people that brought us the high-profile book "Century," comes "Decade" (Phaidon). It really is amazing how much has transpired in the first 10 years of the new millennium. When the decade began, Bill Clinton was president, Reagan was still alive and there was no such thing as an iPod. The photographers featured here represent the decade in a full color, large format, 504-page, heavy weight volume. Every major event from Y2K and 9/11 to the introduction of the Euro, to coverage of events as recent as the movie Avatar and the rise of the Tea Party are all depicted here. The book takes a decidedly global perspective from China to Afghanistan, from Russia to Sierra Leone, the entire globe is on display. The book covers news, war, politics, sports, the environment and the arts in a way we haven't seen since the heyday of the Time-Life empire.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Paulindc on December 9, 2010
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This is a beautiful book inside. But there is an unremovable and ugly neon green sticker on the cover that is an advertisement for what is inside. It erases the simple navy/white cover and makes it less attractive as a coffee table book.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Midwest Book Review on February 15, 2011
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DECADE is a powerful collection gathering the history of the last ten years as told in photos, documenting discoveries, history, victories, and world atrocities alike. Gathered from sources around the world, this features photos that capture every memorable moment from the last ten years, and will earn a place not just in photography collections, but in any serious history and culture library. Extraordinary images make this a powerful survey recommended for a range of libraries, from general-interest to college-level history and photography holdings alike.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By JustJack on February 7, 2011
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Decade provides a great history of the years 2000 - 2010. I liked it alot. The pics are really good. Alot of things happened in this ten year period and this book not only provides some great pics but provides explanations of each one to provide context. It is also not just restricted to things in the USA but global events are convered as well which is good as I am from Australia. A great addition to my own library.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Ned on January 8, 2011
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One of the criticisms of the photographic book, "Century" was that it was too USA centric. This book is certainly more balanced in its coverage, covering a wide swath of the world's events. People who want to avoid violence and gore (another criticism of Century) should not buy this book either, as tragedies are the "stuff" that makes the daily news cycle. My only wish is that "Decade" would have included events that occurred at 2010's end.
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