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.
Potter's attempt to create an Essex Taj Mahal was a lovely treattv
Arts & Ents blogs
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- 2 Saudi Arabia 'seeking to head United Nations Human Rights Council'
- 3 Irish people are travelling home from all over the world so they can vote to legalise gay marriage
- 4 Witch doctor arrested after forcing newborn baby to walk in Indian village
- 5 Arsenal fan asks the Queen for tickets to the FA Cup final - gets a reply from Buckingham Palace
Cannes Film Festival rejects women from red-carpet screening of pro-LGBT romance 'Carol' for not wearing high heels
'We didn't really think we'd get away with it': The astonishing story of how two young Irish men completed an audacious £7m art heist
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As a white man, I'm surprised more women aren't tweeting the hashtag #KillAllWhiteMen
Scotland may have to leave the EU even if it votes to stay in, David Cameron confirms
Report finds that Britain's wages are the most unequal in Europe
Almost a third of school pupils believe 'Muslims are taking over our country', study claims
The day that Britain resigned as a global power
Gay marriage 'Bert and Ernie' cake bakery found guilty of discrimination in Northern Ireland