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What Everyone Should Know about the 20th Century: 200 Events That Shaped the World

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From the Wright Brothers to the election of Nelson Mandela, this engaging, reader-friendly compendium--from the authors of the enormously successful What Every American Should Know about American History--provides capsule summaries of the 200 most important events in world history since 1900.
Hardcover, 300 pages
Published September 1st 1995 by Adams Media Corporation (first published April 1995)
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HeavyReader
Sep 04, 2014 HeavyReader is currently reading it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: history buffs of all ages
Shelves: history
I got this book off a free shelf in a laundromat, and I’ve been enjoying flipping through it and reading about 20th century history bit by bit.

I like the way the book is structured. Each one of the “200 Events That Shaped the World” is its own little story, a jumping off point for the authors to explain the significance of people and events. This structure allows the reader to move from “The United States Goes to War with Spain (1898)” to “Benito Mussolini Comes to Power in Spain (1922”) to “The
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Becky Hintz
Jun 26, 2015 Becky Hintz rated it really liked it
This book is exactly what it says it is: 200 events, laid out consecutively, each introduced with a one-paragraph summary, followed by a 1-to-4-page explanation of the event, its context, and its significance. So good so far. The first 2/3 is very strong, but when it comes to more recent events the authors simply cannot help inserting their own opinions, reading more like a left-wing PBS screed than a simple description of the facts on the ground. Also, as the book was written in the late 90's, ...more
Lydia
Dec 07, 2015 Lydia rated it liked it
An interesting collection of essays that kept me going. However, the severe left-leaning political views of the authors left a sour taste.
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