WHERE WERE YOU?: MEMORABLE EVENTS OF THE TWENTIETH CENTURY
Roger Hall and Sandra Martin.
Volume 10 Number 4.
As the title suggests, this book is built around personal reminiscences. One thousand people "who have achieved recognition" in various fields were contacted and asked to select five from a list of forty significant news events' of the twentieth century. They were asked to tell "where they were and what they were doing and thinking" when they heard each particular piece of news. The most frequently cited events were then selected and organized into chapters.
Some key events included are the Armistice of November 11, 1918, the Wall Street Crash of October 24, 1929, the abdication of Edward VIII, December 11, 1931, and the assassination of John F. Kennedy. Three chapters are devoted to events leading up to and taking place during World War II. Another chapter is devoted to "Cold War Confrontations." An appendix includes a "miscellany of memories from the sinking of the Titanic to the fall of the Shah."
While the reminiscences form the reason for the book, considerable space is devoted to detailed analyses of the events leading up to a particular "memorable event." While these add to the reader's understanding of twentieth-century history, they do detract from the immediacy of the first-hand accounts. A major focus of every section is the impact the mass media had on people's perceptions of each event.
This book would probably be useful to students of the mass media or to those desiring some knowledge of twentieth-century crises.
Elaine Balpataky, Ingersoll D. C. I., Ingersoll, ON.
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