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The American Century by Harold Evans (Alfred A. Knopf 1998) (973.9) is a huge coffee table-sized book that well summarizes the twentieth century. Roughly divided into chapters corresponding to decades, I was impressed with how readable the author made what was at times hard slogging. My rating: 8/10, finished 1/28/13.
If you're looking to sit down with a couple beers and look at an amazing book, I recommend this one. Truly astounding. Got as a Christmas gift in the 90's, re-read this summer.
This book really should be required reading for every student of American History--and for every American. As with all great history books, this one goes beyond just relating events, dates and people. Rather, it gives the reader a deeper understanding of what really was going on in a variety of areas. The sections on the two world wars and the Civil Rights movement are particularly good. As an example of the deeper analysis Evans gives us, he doesn't give us the plain vanilla standard reasoning
This amazing book was unfortunately eclipsed at the time of publication, around 1998, by similar-themed but lesser books by Tom Brokaw and Dan Rather. I saw Harold Evans on TV C-Span’s Booknotes at the time, marvelously interviewed by Brian Lamb, & knew I had to head to Barnes & Noble immediately & shell out $50 for this quality work.
Outstanding book if you're a history buff. Very interesting, and terrific photographs. The more I study history, the more I realize history really does repeat itself at times!
Good book! This was a lucid and candid read with lots of great pictures to explain what words could not.