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People of the Century: One Hundred Men & Women Who Shaped the Last One Hundred Years

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The atom has been split, genes spliced and sheep cloned, the silicon chip and rock and roll were invented, and inherited ideas about logic and learning have been overthrown. The 20th century has been shaped by many and this collection selects 100 influential leaders, artists, intellects and heroes.


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The atom has been split, genes spliced and sheep cloned, the silicon chip and rock and roll were invented, and inherited ideas about logic and learning have been overthrown. The 20th century has been shaped by many and this collection selects 100 influential leaders, artists, intellects and heroes.

30 review for People of the Century: One Hundred Men & Women Who Shaped the Last One Hundred Years

  1. 4 out of 5

    P

    In 1998 and 1999, Time Magazine published five special issues. Each highlighted twenty People of the Century, separated into five categories: Leaders and Revolutionaries, Scientists and Thinkers, Builders and Titans, Artists and Entertainers and Heroes and Icons. Time and CBS News thought they would make some extra money by compiling all of them together into a hardcover book. Not sure how well this coffee table book sold (I bought it off the bargain shelves at Barnes and Noble). Due to its natur In 1998 and 1999, Time Magazine published five special issues. Each highlighted twenty People of the Century, separated into five categories: Leaders and Revolutionaries, Scientists and Thinkers, Builders and Titans, Artists and Entertainers and Heroes and Icons. Time and CBS News thought they would make some extra money by compiling all of them together into a hardcover book. Not sure how well this coffee table book sold (I bought it off the bargain shelves at Barnes and Noble). Due to its nature, this book is by no means a comprehensive book of 20th Century history. Interesting for the general interest reader and history buffs alike. Not meant to be read cover to cover, but full of interesting mini-biographies.

  2. 5 out of 5

    Kauther, A.

    The book is generally a good one, quite informative. The thing with it is every person in the book is written by a different writer. Some are great, some are less so. Personally, I found the rapid change of subjects and writing styles dizzying. Besides, there are some people presented in the book about whom I could not care less—who needs sports anyway?

  3. 4 out of 5

    Cade

    I generally liked the selection of people. Each biography / commentary was written by a different person. It was interesting to see the different perspectives and writing styles. This unfortunately often lead to a biased perspective in some cases. For example, Ronald Reagan's legacy is much much more complicated and much much less glorious than the rah-rah he ended the Cold War story staunch supporters want to portray and the rah-rah perspective is all we get. Nonetheless, I did learn a lot abou I generally liked the selection of people. Each biography / commentary was written by a different person. It was interesting to see the different perspectives and writing styles. This unfortunately often lead to a biased perspective in some cases. For example, Ronald Reagan's legacy is much much more complicated and much much less glorious than the rah-rah he ended the Cold War story staunch supporters want to portray and the rah-rah perspective is all we get. Nonetheless, I did learn a lot about people that had a great effect on the last century which I was previously unfamiliar with. It is also nice to see a pre-9/11 world.

  4. 4 out of 5

    Bryan

    Omission awarded?: Despite the Israeli policy towards the Palestinians fits the definition of genocide given in the book, Power ignores the Palestinian case. I wonder if this book was awarded for its contents or its omission. It could be a good book if complete! If you want to know about genocide, read Charny , Finkelstein and others, authors with a wider vision.

  5. 4 out of 5

    Deb (Readerbuzz) Nance

    Some expected choices: Einstein, T. And F. Roosevelt, Hitler. Some strange combinations: Lindbergh's son writing about his own father, for example. Some surprises: Bart Simpson, David Smrnoff (who?) and why did Teddy, Franklin, and Eleanor each get his own page, but the Kennedys are clumped together?

  6. 5 out of 5

    Kaye

    I think it is a very interesting book but personally it felt too much like I was back in high school, studying for a test.

  7. 4 out of 5

    Tajwar

  8. 5 out of 5

    Kunal Sheth

  9. 5 out of 5

    Zahra Mosalmanzade

  10. 5 out of 5

    Jihan Daoud

  11. 5 out of 5

    Shashi

  12. 4 out of 5

    Kali Mili

  13. 5 out of 5

    Putra Rachman

  14. 4 out of 5

    Kanak Chavan

  15. 4 out of 5

    Allen

  16. 5 out of 5

    Marc Tjoe Fat

  17. 5 out of 5

    Umed Partov

  18. 5 out of 5

    Noussa Dz

  19. 5 out of 5

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  20. 5 out of 5

    Ikram Ullah

  21. 5 out of 5

    Sandeep Sharma

  22. 5 out of 5

    Krisna Dwiyana

  23. 4 out of 5

    Tobiloba

  24. 4 out of 5

    Tanveer Hasan

  25. 5 out of 5

    Amul

  26. 5 out of 5

    Devansh

  27. 4 out of 5

    Ramon Franco

  28. 4 out of 5

    Maswud Siba

  29. 5 out of 5

    Dan Brown

  30. 5 out of 5

    Vihang

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