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 The critics but sneer but these unfashionable festive films are our favourites
TV We're so close to knowing what happened to Oliver Hughes, but a last-minute bluff crushes expectations
Arts & Ents blogs
- 1 Nigel Farage: Me vs Russell Brand on Question Time – he's got the chest hair but where are his ideas?
- 2 Harry Potter fans can apply to the Hogwarts-inspired College of Wizardry
- 3 Jessica Chambers: 19-year-old woman 'doused with lighter fluid and burned alive' in the US
- 4 Russell Brand calls Nigel Farage 'poundshop Enoch Powell' in BBC Question Time debate
- 5 Orange Wednesdays are no more
Peter Lik: The self-proclaimed 'fine-art photographer' whose work sells for millions
The best underrated Christmas movies from Love, Actually to While You Were Sleeping
Grace Dent on TV: The Lost Honour of Christopher Jefferies was a beautifully shot, immensely considered drama
The Lost Honour of Christopher Jefferies, review: Jason Watkins is brilliant, but real victim Joanna Yeates is reduced to a footnote
Marilyn Manson denies involvement in shocking Lana Del Rey rape video
Nigel Farage: Me vs Russell Brand on Question Time – he's got the chest hair but where are his ideas?
Shock poll shows voters believe Ukip is to the left of the Tories
Disgruntled RBS worker writes hilarious open letter to Russell Brand after anti-capitalist publicity stunt leaves him hungry
New era of cheap oil 'will destroy green revolution'
Ukip founder Alan Sked and Nigel Farage 'begged Enoch Powell to stand as a candidate'
Ukip candidate jokes about 'shooting peasants' in racist and homophobic rant