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A Diary of the Century: Tales from America's Greatest Diarist

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In 1927, a teenager challenged himself and two friends to an unusual test: he dared each of them to start keeping a diary, and they’d see who could keep his the longest. In 1995—long after he’d won the contest (68 years and more than 22 million words later, to be exact—Edward Robb Ellis published this richly entertaining book, drawn from his Guinness World Record-recognize ...more
Paperback, 624 pages
Published June 3rd 2008 by Union Square Press (first published September 1st 1995)
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Paul Bauer
May 18, 2012 Paul Bauer rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Unless I live to be very old, I will have spent most of my life in the 20th century. And now that it's more than a dozen years past, I find myself wanting to understand it. I just read Shirer on the Third Reich and now this history in diary form by a NY reporter. A parade of terrific characters pass through this wonderful diary. Among these is the 20th century's greatest con man--Chicago's Joseph "Yellow Kid" Weil. Some of his cons were so elaborate, he failed to show a profit despite a big haul ...more
KOMET
Dec 03, 2010 KOMET rated it it was amazing
This book --- which is an abridged version of Edward Robb Ellis' diary (begun as a bet among friends when he was 16 in 1927) --- is FANTASTIC.

Ellis began work as a journalist in the 1930s in New Orleans, "covering Huey Long, Louis Armstrong, as well as the city's hungry workers, and the colorful French Quarter."

Later in the decade, Ellis moved on to Oklahoma City, where he covered stories on "the Depression, dust storms, and [First Lady] Eleanor Roosevelt." Then, he went to work for a newspape
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Marc94
Jul 16, 2012 Marc94 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This was one of the most intriguing books I have ever read. This man saw so many changes throughout the 20th century. I highly recommend this book to just about anyone.
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