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National Geographic Eyewitness to the 20th Century: An Illustrated History Paperback – October 1, 2004


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  • Series: National Geographic
  • Paperback: 400 pages
  • Publisher: National Geographic (October 1, 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0792280636
  • ISBN-13: 978-0792280637
  • Product Dimensions: 11 x 9.1 x 0.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 3 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,389,127 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Amazon.com Review

This is a rich compilation of photographs, essays, and timelines, breaking the 20th century up into decade-long sections such as "The Age of Big Business" (1900 to 1909) and "Challenging the Establishment" (1960 to 1969). A number of respected scholars (including what feels like the entire Yale history department) have produced the historical essays, while National Geographic experts deliver articles on topics such as "Adventure and Exploration," "Mapping Our World," and "Earth's Forces." The brief items in the timeline section try to maintain a balance between "history" and "popular culture"; thus, 1969's articles include information on Chappaquiddick, the Manson family, Northern Ireland, Woodstock, and Joe Namath. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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YA-A photographic and written record of this century as portrayed in National Geographic. Chapters are arranged thematically by decade and open with a six-page essay discussing each era. A dozen highlights from the magazine itself inform today's readers what was interesting to subscribers at the time. However, most useful of all are the double-page spreads for each year presenting events, people, and themes in short paragraph entries. Brief trends and trivia are listed vertically. A time line appears along the bottom of the pages. Photographs bring the discussions to life and sidebars present interesting developments and people. An essay on the changing role of National Geographic concludes each chapter. This is not as comprehensive or detailed as Peter Jennings's The Century (Doubleday, 1998) but the concise entries should make it a handy resource for report writers or browsers.
Claudia Moore, W. T. Woodson High School, Fairfax, VA
Copyright 1999 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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83 of 85 people found the following review helpful By Susan C Weisberg on December 1, 1999
Format: Hardcover
I have found this book superior to those by Time, The Wall Street Journal and The New York Times. I especially like the year by year layout w/timeline that includes both hard data and trends & trivia of the period. You'll find it hard to put down.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Theodore Illenberg on July 16, 2003
Format: Hardcover
Eyewitness to the 20th century is of typical National Geographic high quality. Each decade consists of one chapter. Each chapter egins with a summary of the decade.Each year is given a two page summary that highlights many of the trends and events of the year. At the bottom of the page there is a timeline that lists specific dates of important events that has happened during the year. In general, this book is a good summary of the past century and the major events.
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6 of 8 people found the following review helpful By K. DANIELSON on January 27, 2000
Format: Hardcover
Out of all the books outlining the events that shaped the twentieth century, I found this to be the most enjoyable and informative. Set up in an accessible, easy to read format, it details the major historical events of the past century, providing entertainment and education along the way.
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Format: Hardcover
This book is loaded with all things I should have already known, or better yet, learned in high school and promptly forgot. It is well laid out with a summary of the decade, then quick yearly details in easy-to-read and interesting short paragraphs. It's the essential handbook for all of us who want a foundation in history, but don't care enough to buy an entire book on every subject or person of interest.
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Bought as a companion to an illustrated history of the Cold War for my teenage son. He now uses this title as a reference while he studies the Cold War in his has class. Quick access to specific years helps him put information in historic context.
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