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The Century for Young People [Hardcover]

By Peter Jennings (Author), Todd Brewster (Author) & Jennifer Armstrong (Author)
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Pages   256
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 10.5" Width: 9.3" Height: 0.9"
Weight:   2.8 lbs.
Binding  Hardcover
Release Date   Sep 30, 1999
Publisher   Doubleday Books for Young Readers
ISBN  0385327080  
EAN  9780385327084  

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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.

The 20th century brought seeds of change, global nightmares, years of doubt, and machine dreams. These are also some of the chapter headings of this stunning tribute to the past 100 years. Adapting the bestselling adult version of The Century, journalists Peter Jennings and Todd Brewster take an unusual approach to the overwhelming task of capturing a century in 241 pages. Rather than using a standard didactic, textbook-style method, the authors choose to focus on the lives of ordinary people--those who influenced, and were most affected by, the radical changes of the 1900s. Marty Glickman describes the effect Teddy Roosevelt had on him as a boy. Gilda Snow's father, an electrician for the 1939 New York World's Fair, took her on a "backstage" tour of the event when she was 9 years old. Inez Jessie Baskin experienced the Montgomery bus boycotts firsthand. Stacy Horn, creator of an Internet virtual community, muses on the phenomenon of online relationships. Each sumptuous spread comes alive with Life magazine-style photos (over 200 total), compelling captions, feature essays on historical events and people, and pale blue sidebars with the stories of ordinary men and women of the century. With a new introduction aimed at young readers, and a higher personal story to narrative ratio than the full-length version, this magnificent volume belongs in any family's collection. (Ages 10 and older) --Emilie Coulter

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More About Peter Jennings, Todd Brewster & Jennifer Armstrong

Register your artisan biography and upload your photo! Peter Jennings is Anchor and Senior Editor of ABC News' "World News Tonight." In more than thirty-five years as a broadcast journalist, he has covered many of the pivotal events of the century.
Todd Brewster is Senior Editorial Producer of "The Century" and a former editor and writer with "Life" magazine.

"From the Hardcover edition."

Peter Jennings was born in 1938 and died in 2005.

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Reviews - What do our customers think?
Caution for homeschooling parents  Jul 8, 2007
This book was recommended by a Charlotte Mason Homeschool I belong to. However, the emphasis on certain issues in the 80s and 90s may be troubling for some Christian parents. The narratives in the book are excellent and the book is not boring. There are some tough issues you need to review and be able to talk at length with your children (i.e., AIDS). I don't agree with some of the things emphasized (the OJ Simpson trial) and not mentioned (Pope John Paul's role in Poland's shaking off the yoke of communism and bringing down the iron curtain).
Very Good Book  Dec 30, 2006
THE CENTURY for young people is a brillant book. With well taken pictures and interesting pages. I advise it for anyone.
It told me many things I did not know about. Going form Panama Canal to the Prohibition. It shows the sad experiences of the Jewish people to the Great Depression.
It is not all doom and gloom it shows landing on the moon to the fall of the Berlin Wall. Though it does show the Wars we had in the 20th century.
In it there is paragraghs of people who ACTUALLY experienced it. Not many people were there when the Wright Brother made the first the airplane.

It shows how diffrent our world is from the Great Depression to the death of Princess Diana.
It is a very educational book. I advise it to adults too. Top notch. Hope you like it too.
Pictures tell a thousand words  Jul 10, 2006
Just as in the adult version of The Century there are many informative pictures that help students understand our history. We use the video series to introduce various decades in the 20th century. This book helps to reinforce the information presented. Students enjoy looking at the pictues and reading about them.
The Century-For Everyone  Jul 2, 2002
I own three timelines, and this is probably my favorite of the three. Unlike other reviewers, I don't find this book to be a chronicle of "gloom and doom" exclusively-anyone can see that events such as the invention of the car, the era of movie theaters, the 1969 Apollo flight, and the prosperity of the Fifties are covered as well in this book. The thing that I really appreciate about this book is the testimonies of people who really had a part in the events. I found it interesting to read an Indiana man's explanation of the appeal and seeming harmlessness of the Ku Klux Klan, and thought it enlightening to read a German girl's description how Hitler was allowed to "go as far" as he did in Germany. In between the numerous personal accounts of events are generous portions of factual writing. I think the authors did a great job of thoroughly describing important happenings without moving into too much overwhelming detail. This book really transcends its "ages 9-12" label-my whole family has enjoyed it and there is something new in it for everyone.
From carriages to stealth bombers  Jan 24, 2001
This book explains everything, from Martin Luther King to Bill Gates (well maybe not everything). It contains about a page to four in one chapter about true people telling their lives during that event. This book even has stories from things about world war one. This book does not go into great detail but it does tell the story so this makes it a good history book for 3-5 graders. If you like history then i recomend this book to you.

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