365: Modern History, By Gerard Cheshire with John Farndon
Sunday 16 August 2009
A calendar year of the most significant dates in post-war history – each entry is an informative, one- or two-page essay on such events as the invention of the world wide web, the inaugural meeting of the UN, the birth of David Bowie, the break-up of the Beatles, the space-flight of Yuri Gagarin, the assassination of Anwar Sadat, the LA riots, the launch of the first transistor radio, and the election of the world's first female Prime Minister (Ceylon, 20 July 1960).
The author's preoccupations shine through: technological breakthroughs, pop music, the 1960s, the Second World War, scientific discoveries and anniversaries (especially useful for those dates on which nothing much happened in the post-war period – thus we have entries for the bicentenaries of the USA and of the abolition of the slave trade in Britain). On today's date in 1977, by the way, Elvis Presley was found dead in his bathroom.
It's a dipper of a book, and a moreish one. But the writing can be slapdash. Someone, at some stage of the editing process, should have informed the authors that the phrase "Despite, or perhaps in spite of" does not make very much sense.
Film review Michael Glatze biopic isn't about a self-hating gay man gone straight
Arts & Ents blogs
- 1 Vladimir Putin says Russia will fight for the right of Palestinians to their own state
- 2 Ohio Democrat Teresa Fedor speaks out during abortion debate to reveal she has been raped – and is interrupted by laughter from Republicans
- 3 Germanwings plane crash: I have depression. That doesn't make me a psychopath
- 4 The West has it totally wrong on Lee Kuan Yew
- 5 The Gaza fisherman who built his own reef - and was shot dead there by an Israeli gunboat
Cassetteboy joins forces with Russell Brand for Emperor's New Clothes film
Poldark, TV review: Demelza’s insouciance is almost as impressive as Ross’ pecs
Fifty Shades of Grey movie shows first sex scene 'after 40 minutes'
James May hints he will not continue on Top Gear without Jeremy Clarkson
Louis Theroux: By Reason of Insanity, episode 2, TV review: The affable Englishman routine is wearing a bit thin
Ukip supporters are 55 or older, white and socially conservative, finds British Social Attitudes Report
JK Rowling responds to fan tweeting she 'can't see' Dumbledore being gay
Jeremy Clarkson sacked live: Alan Yentob 'wouldn't rule out' ex Top Gear host's BBC return
Woman filmed launching racist tirade against men on the Tube for speaking in 'own lingo'
Street preacher quoting from the Bible fined for calling homosexuality an 'abomination'
The West has it totally wrong on Lee Kuan Yew