American Chronicle


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Year by Year Through the Twentieth Century

Lois Gordon and Alan Gordon; Introduction by Roger Rosenblatt

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This mesmerizing book is the ultimate American almanac, a unique record of life in the United States since 1900. For the first time, all the news, entertainment, art, literature, science and technology, sports, and fashion highlights are recorded in a single book, and this documentation is enriched by anecdotes, facts and figures, ads and fads, headlines, and memorable quotations—as well by as more than a thousand photographs. And in addition to the listings, a lively and perceptive essay by Lois and Alan Gordon introduces each decade, capturing the flavor of each period.
The section on the 1900s, for example, commemorates Teddy Roosevelt, conservation, the first movie theater, the first World Series, vaudeville, ragtime, Henry James, and Frank Lloyd Wright. The section on the fifties considers the significance of Joseph McCarthy, I Like Ike, The Man in the Gray Flannel Suit, The Power of Positive Thinking, “Father Knows Best,” “Rebel Without a Cause,” The Lonely Crowd, Marilyn Monroe, Rosa Parks, and Sputnik. With its extraordinary wealth of information, American Chronicle ultimately conveys the unique imprint of each year and provides the stuff of contemporary memory. It will evoke and expand the contexts of all our lives.

Lois Gordon is professor of English and comparative literature at Fairleigh Dickinson University and the author of numerous books on contemporary literature and culture, most recently The World of Samuel Beckett, 1906–1946. Alan Gordon, M.D., is a psychiatrist who works in both public and private practice and is a former faculty member of the Mount Sinai Medical College.

A selection of the History Book Club

"Amusing tidbits and historic facts are gathered together in Lois Gordon and Alan Gordon's millennial almanac, American Chronicle: Year by Year Through the Twentieth Century. The book provides a concise summary of each year's notable events in news, entertainment, art, literature, science, sports and fashion as well as more than 1,000 photos and an essay on each decade."—Publishers Weekly

“Everything from fashion to politics, movies to ads. Check out the best sellers of 1929 or the hit songs of 1953.”—Bob Minzesheimer, USA Today Praise for the earlier edition

“There are at least four things one can do with the sorts of facts that make up this book—one can take account of them for their own worth, draw conclusions from them, believe in them as signs, or one can dream into them, find in them Proustian moments of awakening, and embrace them as emblems of one’s life and times.”—Roger Rosenblatt, from the Introduction

"An excellent examination of American life and times."—Bookwatch

"The encyclopedic American Chronicle . . . offers a fact-filled, year by year compendium of 20th century America that's especially strong on developments in pop culture."—Sacramento Bee

“Everything from fashion to politics, movies to ads. Check out the best sellers of 1929 or the hit songs of 1953.”—Bob Minzesheimer, USA Today

"The chronology of life in the United States between 1900 and 1998 is well presented in this illuminating . . . book with its more than 1,000 photographs and illustrations. Authors Lois and Alan Gordon have recorded the momentous events of each year, as well as its art, fashion, literature, movies, music, sports, and scientific highlights. Anecdotes, facts and figures, ads and fads, headlines, memorable quotations, and a wealth of information often omitted from historical accounts complete this unique record of twentieth-century life."—American History

“With 998 pages and more than 1,000 black-and-white illustrations, this one could double as a doorstop; but fortunately, its excellence will keep it off the floor and in your lap. You’ll spend happy hours poring over the panorama of life in the United States since 1900.”—Judyth Rigler, San Antonio Express-News

American Chronicle is an extremely useful almanac of facts about the twentieth century. This large volume will prove to be quite handy for student research projects in American history.”—Kathryn McGovern, American Association of School Libraries

“Everything you ever wanted to know about pop-culture from 1900 to the present. An outstanding edition to any reference collection, the large number of photographs is the winning touch.”—Susan Markham, Public Library Association

“An extraordinary blend of nostalgia trip and historical education.”—Edward O. Wilson

“There is much more here than information, valuable and well organized as it is. There is entertainment as well, and there are keys to unlock memories.”—Edwin Newman

“Everything from fashion to politics, movies to ads. Check out the best sellers of 1929 or the hit songs of 1953.”—Bob Minzesheimer, USA Today

Selected as an outstanding book by University Press Books for Public and Secondary School Libraries
ISBN: 9780300075878
Publication Date: October 11, 1999
1024 pages, 8 1/4 x 10 3/4
1004 b/w illus.