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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.
Hardcover, 448 pages
Published November 16th 1999 by Simon & Schuster (first published November 1st 1999)
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Jan 24, 2014 rated it really liked it
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).

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May 06, 2018 rated it liked it
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?
Jan 06, 2013 rated it liked it
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 ...more
Jul 03, 2010 added it
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.
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?
Feb 17, 2018 rated it it was ok
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.
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Walter Isaacson, the CEO of the Aspen Institute, has been chairman of CNN and the managing editor of "Time" magazine. He is the author of "Steve Jobs"; "Einstein: His Life and Universe"; "Benjamin Franklin: An American Life"; and "Kissinger: A Biography," and the coauthor of "The Wise Men: Six Friends and the World They Made." He lives in Washington, DC.