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ISBN: 1559275243
Author: Ira Claffey,Kevin Baker,Harold Evans
Language: English
Publisher: Macmillan Audio; Abridged edition (November 15, 1998)
Category: Americas
Subcategory: History
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The American Century, Volume I Audio, Cassette – Abridged, Audiobook. Ira Claffey has narrated or co-narrated numerous audio titles from Macmillan Audio.

The American Century, Volume I Audio, Cassette – Abridged, Audiobook. by. Harold Evans (Author). Find all the books, read about the author, and more. His work includes Rock Rats, Thomas Jefferson, Rutherford B. Hayes, Dwight D. Eisenhower, John Quincy Adams, Grover Cleveland, James Madison, and Theodore Roosevelt. Of Ira’s narration of Theodore Roosevelt, AudioFile magazine has said, Ira Claffey's passionate but cultivated voice is the perfect medium in which to join two men of refinement.

This audio program intrigues and involves, vividly bringing to life the power and passion of the American century, a century like no other. A graduate of Durham University, he has written a number of bestselling histories.

The American Century, Volumes I-IV book. Celebrate 100 years that made history with the American Century complete, including volumes I-IV As we embark upon this new millennium, we look back. the incredible last 100 years, 1889-1989, an amazing adventure that was uniquely and unforgettably all-American.

Ira Claffey reads manfully, although he doesn't do voices, but then you get a lot of voices in a hundred years. The volume from which this text is extracted features 900 photos. Guess how many of these we see?

Ira Claffey reads manfully, although he doesn't do voices, but then you get a lot of voices in a hundred years. Snatches of music at the end of each side of each tape are meant to set the mood. Tom-toms, for instance, open the section on Native Americans. But often the choices seem generic. Guess how many of these we see? Coffee-table books don't great listening make. Airbox pak (each), Audio Renaissance, 1998.

By (author) Harold Evans, With Kevin Baker, With Professor Gail Buckland, Read by Ira Claffey. AbeBooks may have this title (opens in new window).

The winds began to blow in the spring and summer of 1929. nobody took much notice. The stock market soared from peak to peak, and President Hoover foresaw a final triumph over poverty. But two storms, one environmental, one financial, were about to break over America - with horrific consequences.

In 1984 he moved to the United States, where he had leading positions in journalism with . News & World Report, The Atlantic Monthly, and the New York Daily News. In 1986 he founded Condé Nast Traveler. He has written various books on history and journalism, with his The American Century (1998) receiving particular acclaim.

And while Evans can be tersely critical of American foreign policy (especially of policies pursued in the second half of the century), he generally holds closely to his central thesis, offering a. .

And while Evans can be tersely critical of American foreign policy (especially of policies pursued in the second half of the century), he generally holds closely to his central thesis, offering a text that touches on all of the major social and political events of the century (from the Spanish-American War up to the presidency of George Bush) while stressing, in each one, its impact on the evolving American identity. The 900 black-and-white photographs, deftly integrated into the text, offer a strong complement to the narrative. A handsome overview of America in recent times.

The American Century. New York: Alfred Knopf, 1998. He has written various books on history and journalism, including Essential English. Any history buff should have this sitting on his or her shelf (and have a shelf sturdy enough to support this 700+ book).

Magazine article American Heritage. The American Century. Magazine article American Heritage. HAROLD EVANS HAS DREAMED OF WRITING A BOOK ABOUT American history since 1956, when he first visited the United States on a Harkness Commonwealth Fund fellowship designed to let European journalists see the real America. I looked for it in forty states," he writes. I bought an old Plymouth, and made my bed in the back of it, and I crossed the country coast-to-coast and north-to-south.

The amazing adventure that is the American century begins -- and what an adventure it is! The Land Rush sweeps thousands of settlers into the Great Plains, devouring Indian land. Carnegie, Rockefeller, and the Vanderbilts build their empires. Henry Ford builds his Model Ts., W.e.b. Du Bois and Marcus Garvey fight for blacks, Susan Anthony and Margaret Sanger for women, and Samuel Gompers and Joe Hill for working stiffs. Clarence Darrow and William Jennings Bryan do battle in the Scopes monkey trial, and the Treasury Department battles Al Capone.Beyond our borders, Panama falls under American sway. We go to war against Spain in Cuba and the Philippines. When the Maine explodes and sinks, she becomes our battle cry. And when our policy of isolation ends in 1917, millions of Yanks are drafted and sent "over there" to save the world for democracy. A parade of presidents passes before us: McKinley, Teddy Roosevelt, Taft, Wilson, Harding, Coolidge, Hoover -- men both great and flawed who will change the world forever.Harold Evans, picture researcher Gail Buckland, and historical researcher Kevin Baker worked diligently to ensure accuracy throughout this landmark work. This audio program intrigues and involves, vividly bringing to life the power and passion of the American century, a century like no other.

Comments:

Braned
Harold Evans has produced a tour de force. This is a tribute to America from a loving immigrant--a man who has gained international fame as an editor and writer, first in his native Britain and later in the United States. Evans has produced a superb history of 20th century America, but his book starts in the last century so as to give us a perspective on what was to follow. The research is prodigious; the selection of photographs is stunning; the writing is elegant and unintrusive. This is a book meant to be savored page by page--and to be handed down as a heirloom.
GawelleN
As a collector of Industrial era biographies, this is an interesting addition. Lots of little tibits of information and an easy read. There is not much that this book does not touch on, civil rights, gender equality, industrial fortunes, wall street greed, etc.
Brajind
The authors cover many of the events that occurred during the timeframe so I believe you can get some decent background info from the book. However, it is very political and seems to blame the country for not adopting a social welfare state much sooner. In many areas, it is too superficial and quickly concludes "where was a government program to cure these ills of history" and doesn't really explore the causes of problems. Case in point, American farmers fed the world during WW-1 as European agriculture was in shambles. That allowed American farmers to enjoy strong prices and high incomes in the war years. But in the 1920s, the European farmers were back and the market suffered from classic oversupply and farm incomes declined. The authors don't report that or even classify the war years as an anomoly for farmers. Instead, they focus on the unfairness that the farmers didn't participate to the same degree in the prosperity of the 1920s. The tone gets very upset with thoughts that the federal government should have prevented this like our wonderful never-ending farm programs of today that have us subsidizing the growth of tobacco and mohair wool. In other areas, the book is wrong. For example, it traces the formation of the Federal Reserve System to JP Morgan's inability to stem the bank failures and outflow of gold in the Panic of 1907. Actually, Morgan was very successful in rescuing the powerless federal government and raising gold in Europe to prop up our banks. The Federal Reserve System arose as the government was worried about having one private man being able to wield so much financial power. All in all, the historical background is there and is a good primer, but be prepared to listen to a lecture of what is fair and right and what is not.
Arashigore
This book is a fabulous history of life during the American industrial revolution when the 'American dreeam' for many Americans was a 'nightmare.' When 'landgrabs' were the rule and workers had no 'rights.' Only after the Wilson administration did life become more comfortable. It is a chronicle of American History right up to 'modern times.' It makes one realize how much we were NOT taught in school, and how much we may have forgotten. It DOES belong on every American bookshelf!!!
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betelgeuze
Very Good
Tygrarad
One of my favourite reads in the subject. Covers, political, economic and social matters and well illustrated. Makes a good gift for cerebral relaxation.
If I were only allowed to take one book to a desert island, this would be the one. And I haven't even read it all yet.

Why do I make such a claim? Firstly because it is a superb book for dipping into -- if you just want a 10-minute background on any significant event in America's 20th century, you'll find it here. But you'll probably find yourself intrigued by the surrounding articles and spending much more than the 10 minutes you promised yourself.

Secondly because the photos and cartoons are superbly well-chosen.

And thirdly because the writing is also superb. For example, I've just finished the article on the My Lai massacre, in which Harold Evans describes the killings, the investigations, the cover-ups and the trials in wonderful journalistic prose, with few adjectives. He ends by mentioning that the only soldier found guilty, William Calley, was released after three years and got a job working in his father-in-law's Chicago jewellery shop selling brooches. Such a mundane finale serves as a wondeful contrast to the atrocities he committed earlier in Vietnam.

Modern American history fascinates me. As a former child of the sixties who has visited but never lived in the USA, I guess American products and culture have had a drip-drip effect on my life. I've also spent my entire adult life working for the UK subsidiary of a US corporation, so the differences in the American mentality have had a profound impact on the management style I am subject to. I can't say that I fully understand these differences, but this is the book with the greatest promise to explain their historical origins.

One minor note: this was written in the 1990s, i.e. before the end of the century in question, so don't expect it to make any mention of Dubya or 9/11, or to offer the same degree of hindsight on the Clinton years that it provides on all the earlier presidents.

A fantastic book. If there is any justice, it should never go out of print. But you'll have to buy it to ensure its survival!

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