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Time: The Illustrated History of the World's Most Influential Magazine Hardcover – April 27, 2010

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"Rizzoli has just published a beautiful 432-page coffee-table book called TIME: The Illustrated History of the World's Most Influential Magazine. We don't quibble with the title. The book's authors, Norberto Angeletti and Alberto Oliva, spent six years doing research and have produced a book that is not only a stunning visual history of TIME but also a cultural history of the times we have lived in." ~TIME

"Here, Angeletti and Oliva (coauthors, In Vogue) gloriously showcase both the magazine and U.S. history... the book covers an amazing amount of material... Interviews with authors, designers, photographers, editors, and others lend a personal feel. VERDICT: An excellent volume for news junkies; enjoyable to both browse and read." ~Library Journal

"…readers are….likely to relish many of the book's 600 or so captivating photographs and illustrations, starting with Pope John Paul II praying at the Western Wall in 2000." ~Wall Street Journal

"...this handsome coffee-table book provides an engrossing guided tour of nearly nine decades of history as witnessed, filtered and reported by America's most celebrated weekly "news magazine.'"  ~American Profile

"It's a real book through and through, with a ton of information and back story.  Its an amazing book and a must-have for everyone!  We highly, highly recommend it." ~BookLegion.com

"...an exemplary job of capturing the deep history of both the journalistic chronicler of our times and therefore the actual history of our times itself. A major work on all fronts." ~BlogOnBooks.com

About the Author

Norberto Angeletti and Alberto Oliva have been working in journalism for thirty-five years. They have been keynote speakers at the Magazine Publishers Association of America (MPA) as well as international journalism forums. They are co-authors of the book In Vogue. Richard Stengel has a long history at Time and is currently the managing editor. He has also authored several books.

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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 432 pages
  • Publisher: Rizzoli; Reprint edition (April 27, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0847833585
  • ISBN-13: 978-0847833580
  • Product Dimensions: 9.3 x 1.7 x 12.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 6.1 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #512,467 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Format: Hardcover
A handsome and very lavish look at the rise, over eighty-seven years, of this magazine that seems to be an essential weekly read for so many of us. Reading about the early history of Time and its two creators, Briton Hadden and Henry Luce, I wonder what they would make of their publication now? My guess is that they'll probably be staggered by the amount of advertising and then the range of colored photos and graphics. The thirty-two page first issue in 1923 was essentially a digest of news items from other printed sources, the print run was nine thousand copies but they had a winner on their hands.

The two authors follow the ups and downs (mostly up, though) of Time over the years and present the story in bite-size chunks, a bit like the magazine. The first fascinating piece I found was about Hadden's attempt to create a unique writing style, which later became Timestyle: `Death, as it must to all men, came last night to ...', he created new words: cinemactresses; radiorators; socialite or kudos. The style seemed to specialize in its own inverted syntax.

Another unique style was the red cover border, first used on the January 3, 1927 issue and it has stayed ever since. Magazines have to compete on the newsstands, so cover images are vital. These three artists helped sell at lot of copies: Artzybasheff; Chaliapin and Baker who between them created more than nine hundred covers in the forties and fifties. I can remember being wowed, back then, by Artzybasheff's stunning combination of machines with human attributes on Time covers. Another visual item I remember as a reader were the fascinating charts and maps drawn by Robert Chapin, only five are included, though.
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Format: Hardcover
It is hard to imagine a magazine that has compiled a more comprehensive history of the last century than Time magazine. Now, through the efforts of writers Norberto Angeletti and Alberto Oliva, we have a similar full and robust history of the magazine itself.

Interestingly, in this era of internet news aggregators (Google news anyone?), Time magazine actually began as an aggregator itself. The book details the origins of the magazine by a pair of 25 year old Yalies (Henry Luce and Briton Hadden - Hadden died in the magazine's first decade in print) who, beginning with their first issue in March of 1923, created a compendium of news articles from popular magazines of the day (The Atlantic Monthly, Le Figaro, the New Republic and others) eventually leading to their own world-class reportage that has summarized weekly events for over eight decades.

The book does an excellent job of detailing the development of the `world's most influential magazine' from both it's written and photographic history. Of note is the obvious visual growth of the magazine from the early charcoal drawing of notables of the day, to the famous red border version of the magazine that still lives on today. From illustrators, like cover collage maker, Boris Artzybasheff, portrait artist Robert Vickrey, or contemporary artists like Warhol, Lichtenstein and Rauschenberg, to the top-flight photographers - from Dorothea Lange to David Hume Kennerly to Matt Mahurin - to Nigel Holmes' charts of `info-graphics' to illustrate the news, Time magazine's portrayal of weekly events has as much to do with it's illustrative graphics as it does with it's long history of award-winning journalism.
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This is probably one of the best `coffee table' books to come along in years. It starts with the touching cover of John and Robert Kennedy. Those of us that remember Life coming into our homes and as we grew older looking forward to Time will especially appreciate this huge book. It includes explanations of Time's beginnings and its' philosophy of: not the what of the news but the how and why. It also conveyed, in a concise fashion the feelings. The main stories from many of Time's years are included and their coverage is elaborated on.
This history of Time continues to show what `it' was like from 1923 to the present. Each turn of the page can evoke a memory, a tear, a smile for us that were at hand and more importantly it captures these moments and feelings for future generations.
It has a listing and small photos of each cover for person of the year and the top 10 best selling issues. The stories of the controversies are also included; the ones of choosing the man/person of the year and why John Kennedy's death was not on the cover.

Time was known for it's accuracy; but there is one glaring mistake on page 59: a picture that was taken of Hitler at his Berghof on the Obersalzberg in 1938 by Hugo Jaeger, is described as Hitler reviewing his troops at Nuremberg in 1937 - a mistake that it is hard to believe proof readers didn't catch since there are mountains and greenery in the background which would not have been in Nuremberg.

This is a book that teachers could use; parents and grandparents can bring it into their homes to remember and tell the stories of their lives and histories to their children and grandchildren.
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