American Chronicle

Year by Year Through the Twentieth Century
Gordon, Lois
Gordon, Alan
Date published: 
January 2000

This mesmerising book is the ultimate American almanac, a unique record of life in the United State 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 as by 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 flavour of each period.

The section on the 1900s, for example, commemorates Teddy Roosevelt, conservation, the first movie theatre, 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 Grey Flannel Suit, The Power of Positive Thinking, 'Father Knows Best', 'Rebel Without a Cause', The Lonely Crowd, Mrilyn 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.