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The People's Almanac Presents The 20th Century: History With The Boring Parts Left Out Hardcover – August 1, 1999

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About the Author

David Wallechinsky is the bestselling coauthor of The Book of Lists and The People's Almanac, and the author of The Complete Book of the Summer Olympics and The Complete Book of the Winter Olympics. Also a contributing editor to Parade magazine, he divides his time between Santa Monica, California, and Provence, France.
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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 921 pages
  • Publisher: The Overlook Press; Rev Upd Su edition (August 1, 1999)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0879519444
  • ISBN-13: 978-0879519445
  • Product Dimensions: 6.6 x 2.2 x 9.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 3.4 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (16 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #601,796 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Read just one article! I dare you. Tale after tale about the marginal people and events of history. It sucks you on and on, page after page. Although I knew many of the stories, never in such detail, dispassionately told. I'm giving copies to my trivia friends for Christmas.
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Have you ever met somebody at a party who just seems to know all sorts of interesting stories and anecdotes? He's probably read this book. The publishers advertise this as "History with the dull parts left out," and that's exactly what it is. A compendium from three prior "People's Almanacs" published in the mid-70s, this book takes all the material that deals with the 20th century, in many cases updating it since the 1970s. Topics are both mainstream and offbeat: everything from infamous assassinations to famous people in literature, U.S. presidents to notorious kidnappings. The book is filled with off-beat quotes and surprising facts and figures--it's akin to a Ripley's Believe It Or Not combined with a world almanac, only better than both. And for the price, it's a steal. If you want a fun page turner that will also make you a little better-informed every time you read it, a light "popular" history of the 20th century that's most substantive than most other books of its type, this is for you. You might also want to look in used bookstores or online for the original Peoples Almanacs--dated, but still fascinating.
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The content of this book is amazing, but most impresssive is the manner in which is laid out. In the various sections you get subheadings with the background, the information and the follow up where deemed appropriate. It is ideal for anybody who has an interest in general knowledge or just enjoys finding out more about specific topics. As with most books of it's type you can put it down and return back to it and immediately be engrossed in the content. Great information on wierd and strange happenings also. Highly recommended
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David Wallechinsky has a long history of producing highly informative, and highly entertaining books of lists, historical facts and more. I love the People's Almanac's first three versions, written with his father and sister, and there is no lack of effort in this edition.
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I am a "People's Almanac" "Book of Lists" junkie. I own them all. I swear if I took one item with me to a desert island, this would be it. Some people that have read these books cover to cover like I have, may notice some items are the same as in previous books. Who CARES?! This is the stuff of life. I just wish the book wasn't so dang heavy!
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When I found this at the Wichita Public Library, I was blown away! I borrowed this and renewed it several times and borrowed it again and again and I knew that this is what I wanted to have in my home. The book has timeless snippets of history that you would definitely like to share in any conversation whatsoever, just to spice it up. For a history teacher, this can perk up student's interests absolutely! This is the first book I purchased from amazon and I would definitely treasure this one for the rest of my life.
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It may be "History with the boring parts left out," but it's still packed with boilerplate nonsense that seems to have infected our national historical perspective -- the idea that FDR "saved" something or other, or some such rubbish. It's an entertaining read, from an author of "The Book of Lists" and "The People's Almanac," and they are all on the same branch of the literary tree, but they are what they are.
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My father had all of these books when I was a kid. Just bought nearly all of them for .01cents/each. The shipping cost more than the books did. But they are worth it IMHO if you love good stories/facts about the world. A good book to pick up, and put down at will.
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