People Who Shaped the Century (Our American Century)

 
9780783555133: People Who Shaped the Century (Our American Century)

MANY OVERCAME FORMIDABLE OBSTACLES: A LITTLE GIRL, CUT OFF FROM THE WORLD BY BLINDNESS AND DEAFNESS, CONQUERED THOSE LIMITATIONS TO BECOME A POWERFUL ADVOCATE FOR THE HANDICAPPED. A PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES CRIPPLED BY POLIO RESCUED THE NATION FORM ECONOMIC COLLAPSE AND STEERED IT THROUGH WAR. A COURAGEOUS ATHLETE FOUGHT RAMPANT RACISM TO PLAY BIG-LEAGUE BASEBALL. BEGINNING WITH SIGMUND FREUD IN 1900 AND INCLUDING AT LEAST ONE OUTSTANDING PERSONALITY-157 IN ALL-FOR EVERY YEAR OF THE CENTURY, THIS BOOK TELLS FASCINATING STORIES ABOUT KEY MOMENT IN THEIR LIVES. THE BOOK'S CHRONOLOGICAL LAYOUT ALSO ADDS INSIGHTS ONT HE CENTURY BY PAIRING SURPRISING DESPERATE FIGURES IN THE SAME TIME FRAME-PABLO PICASO AND HENRY FORD, FOR EXAMPLE, OR LOUIS ARMSTRONG AND LENIN. FURTHER ILLUMINATING THE RICHNESS OF THE CENTURY'S DRAMATIS PERSONAE, FOR 18 OF THE PERSONALITIES WE INCLUDE BOXES FEATURING PHOTOGRAPHS AND BRIEF SKETCHES OF OTHER NOTABLES IN THEIR FIELDS OF ENDEAVOR. IN A PRODUCTION OF THIS SORT, THE SELECTION OF THE PEOPLE TO BE FEATURED IS CLEARLY A KEY TO THE CHARACTER AND THE SUCCESS OF THE BOOK. THE EDITORS OF TIME-LIFE BOOKS WENT THROUGH A LONG AND OFTEN SPIRITED DEBATE IN MAKING THOSE CHOICES, PEOPLE WHO SHAPED THE CENTURY IS THE FRUIT OF THEIR BEST THINKING.

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