is a beautiful, eternally fascinating book. To peruse its pages is to feel connected to the entire range of humanity, in all our glory and vainglory." Georgie Lewis, Powells.com
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Synopses & Reviews
is an award-winning history of the twentieth century told in photographs. More than any other, the last century was a period of unforeseeable advances, discoveries and victories as well as unanticipated atrocities and suffering, and it was the first century to have been entirely documented by the camera. Thus the chronological sequence of images in this book takes us on a journey through the trenches of the First World War, the virgin flight of the Wright brothers, the rise of unspeakable political regimes, the antics of Buster Keaton, the odyssey into outer space and the fall of the Berlin Wall.
Culled from sources all over the world, the photographs are immediate and thought-provoking. They depict people and events, both famous and unknown, from the worlds of politics and war, art and invention, culture and social history. Accompanied by extended historical background information for every scene depicted, as well as evocative contemporary literary and political quotations, Century is as much a historical education as an enlightening visual display of familiar and unknown times. Conceived and edited by the former picture editor of London's Sunday Times Magazine, Century is the culmination of Bruce Bernard's thirty years' work in the industry.
This extraordinary book is now available in a new edition: small enough to be held in the palm of one hand, it has also been extended to accommodate events up to and including 11 September 2001 - an inescapable and poignant punctuation mark for any survey of modern history.
"With a photo in nearly every one of this volumes 1,000 pages, this must undoubtedly be the most comprehensive visual account yet of the past century. It is hard not to get lost wandering through this massive volume..." Kirkus reviews
With over 1000 photographs drawn from international agencies such as Life
, Picture Post,
, this is possibly
the most thorough visual history of the 20th century available. The photographs
in this volume cover events which range from the hard history of politics
to new inventions, the arts, society, and fashion. Century
into six chronological sections corresponding to significant historical
moments. Each section opens with a short historical overview which introduces
the main concerns during the period. There is also a selection of quotations
which capture the flavor of the time. Extended captions at the end of
each section provide historical information about each photograph. A truly
A history of the 20th century told in photographs, this monster volume offersan informative, nostalgic, intimate, and monumental insight into the last 100years. Approx. 1,100 duotone & color photos.
A visual history of the 20th century, the photographs in this volume cover events which range from the history of politics to new inventions, the arts, society and fashion. The images have been drawn from international agencies and this mini edition has been expanded up to September 11th 2001.