The Century for Young People

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A must for serious and casual history students.





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Wars are mentioned.

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Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that this book focuses on many of the darker chapters in history, but many of these events can lead to stimulating conversations with children.

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What's the story?

This is history through the eyes of ordinary people who lived through extraordinary times. Premier journalist Peter Jennings has woven together top-notch reporting and compelling first-hand accounts to form an incomparable world history. A profusion of photographs helps bring to life the events that shaped this century. A must-read for both serious and casual history students.

Is it any good?


This treasure trove of information is distinguished by its blend of first-hand accounts and objective reporting. It is an excellent, high-quality reference book that offers a lot to look at and pays excellent attention to detail. Room should be made for this book in the student's home library.

While the text from its predecessor, The Century, has been adapted here for young people, the writing style has not. The prose is direct and intelligent; it's easy to imagine coauthor Peter Jennings reciting these passages on the nightly news. Younger readers accustomed to bold, clipped phrasing may at first find it hard to grab onto the elegantly formed phrases. Still, small touches throughout the book will make the people and subjects come alive for young readers, such as a list of tabloid nicknames for Babe Ruth and unvarnished quotes such as this gem from Charles Lindbergh on his fame: "I was so filled up with this hero guff I was ready to shout murder."

Families can talk about...

  • Families can talk about some of the major topics in the book, including the civil rights movement, assisted suicide, and war.

Book details

Author:Peter Jennings
Book type:Non-Fiction
Publication date:September 28, 1999
Number of pages:256
Publisher's recommended age(s):9 - 12
Read aloud:8
Read alone:11

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Teen, 13 years old Written byDee-Dee March 27, 2009


Its by: Peter Jennings and Todd Brewster


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