The Columbia Chronicles of American Life

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An expanded edition of American Chronicle creates a mosaic of American cultural history year by year, encompassing politics, science and technology, arts, and entertainment, and highlighting events that defined the country during the last eighty years. UP.

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Originally published as American Chronicle (Atheneum, 1987; Crown, 1990), The Columbia Chronicles of American Life, 1910^-1992 expands that popular cultural chronology of the twentieth century. The editors have added one decade at the beginning of the century, 1910^-19, and extended the chronology from 1989 to 1992. Its purpose is the same, "to convey the great and diverse achievement that has taken place in America's grand and unique experiment in democracy." It does this by presenting in a browsable format the events, personalities, and elements of popular culture for each year of the period.

In this revision the format is the same. Each year is a chapter arranged in sections. In the News is a series of headlines, Facts and Figures includes an economic profile with statistics showing similar data for each year, followed by sections on radio, TV, movies, and music listing programs of note, movie openings, box-office stars, top records, and hit songs. Prizewinners in major categories are provided, including Tony and Pulitzer Prizes. In art and literature, major art exhibitions are listed by city; best-selling books as well as critics' choices in fiction and nonfiction are given. Important events are noted in the fields of science and technology, as are milestones in sports.

Among unique features of this chronology are its use of advertising slogans to capture the zeitgeist of an age. From the 1936 Swift's premium ad, "The meat makes the meal," to the 1990 ad, "Unfortunately, the way to a man's heart really is through his stomach (1-800-EAT-LEAN)," they show how much things have changed--and how much they have stayed the same. The sections Fashion and New Words and Usages give the reader a context for the year. There are three indexes: name, title (which includes books, poetry, movies, TV programs, etc.), and subject. Black-and-white illustrations appear every two or three pages.

The Columbia Chronicles of American Life, 1910^-1992 serves as a ready-reference source for events and people. It is a recommended purchase for public and high-school libraries.

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A ready-reference source for events and people. It is a recommended purchase for public and high school libraries. -- Booklist

In Columbia Chronicles of American Life American issues and life from 1910-92 are covered in an extensive reference volume charting politics, the arts, and American cultural changes over the past eighty years. Words and photos present an exciting panorama of American life, updating past editions and adding another decade of coverage. -- Midwest Book Review

[This book] ought to prove of great value to writers like me and researchers in general. It provides quick, easy, and accurate reference to details . . . without checking six or seven different books. -- James Michener

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