365 - Modern History

From World War Two to the World Wide Web: Great Stories from Modern History for Every Day of the Year

Gerard Cheshire and John Farndon
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A story from modern history for every day of the year, from the dying days of World War Two to the 150th anniversary of the theory of evolution.

Now in paperback, Icon Books is proud to present 365 Modern History, the newest book in the ever popular 365 series. This eye-opening volume provides a fascinating bite-size chunk of history for every day of the year. Engaging and informative, the book invites you to take any one of three hundred and sixty-five journeys back in time to a landmark event that is vividly portrayed by authors Gerard Cheshire and John Farndon.

The latter half of the twentieth century was a vibrant and fast-paced era that saw great achievements and great tragedies. These were years marked by scientific and technological breakthroughs, of men walking on the moon and commercial jet planes filling the air, of home computers and the creation of the first test-tube baby. It was an era of unprecedented freedoms, with rock and roll music ruling the airwaves and the Civil Rights and women's suffrage movements taking to the streets. But it was also a time of great suffering and fear; it saw the development of the A-bomb by the Cold War superpowers, the 1981 African drought that left 150 million facing starvation, and the devastating chaos of the 2004 Asian Tsunami. Spanning a period of history that is still in living memory, 365 Modern History is the perfect way to recall and reflect on the most important events of our recent past.

18 March 1965: a cosmonaut, not an astronaut, beomes the first person to conduct a space walk

14 May 1948: the first Jewish state in 2000 years comes into being

21 September 1995: The 'Hindu Milk Miracle' causes mass hysteria in India

23 October 2001: the iPod is born

Author bio:

Gerard Cheshire has written a number of books on British and world history over a career spanning fifteen years, including British History and World History (Flametree Publishing). John Farndon is the author of many books on contemporary issues, including China Rises and India Booms (Virgin), and Bird Flu and Iran in the Everything You Need to Know series (Icon). His most recent book for Icon was 101 Facts You Need to Know About Food. He also writes widely for children, including the best-selling Do Not Open (Dorling Kindersley), and has been shortlisted four times for the Junior Science Book Prize. He has a website john-farndon-books.co.uk

Category: History
ISBN: 9781848310698
Publisher: Icon Books
Imprint: Icon
Pub Date: August 2009
Page Extent: 556
Format: Paperback - B format
Subject: General & world history

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