LIFE: Century of Change: America in Pictures 1900-2000

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Surveys the evolution of daily life in America in the last century, collecting 650 images from the archives of LIFE magazine that visually record significant changes along such themes as parenting, machines, entertainment, fashion, homes, jobs, and shopping.

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From the time of its founding in 1936 to its final monthly issue in May 2000, Life magazine chronicled the world around us. In Life: Century of Change, the editors have assembled a jaw-dropping assortment of quintessentially American images. The 723 photographs from the Life archives present a composite portrait of an evolving nation by focusing on 10 key areas of American life and culture. Thoughtful essays by writers, including Stephanie Coontz on family, John R. Stilgoe on the American home, and Thomas Hine on industrial design, add depth, but the real stars of the book are the photographs: New York's modest decorations for New Year's Eve 1899, a sagging couple at a dance marathon, the opening of the Golden Gate Bridge, a young Hugh Hefner surrounded by Playboy bunnies, Christa McAuliffe training at zero G's three months before the Challenger disaster, Collins and Venter standing before a giant depiction of the completed human genome map, Elián González pitching a baseball while a wall of cameramen looks on. Century of Change is both informative and deeply entertaining--and proof positive that a picture is worth a thousand words.

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Richard Stolley is Senior Editorial Advisor of Time Inc. For nineteen years he worked on LIFE magazine and covered events and personalities throughout the world. He was also the founding editor of PEOPLE magazine.

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