Books: Times to Remember

Packed with photos and memories, two lively chronicles look back at the century, or most of it

Inevitably, much of the heavy baggage that readers will schlep across the bridge into the 21st century will be the large-format, illustrated histories of the 20th. The bridge is not yet ready for traffic, but two such volumes are now crowding the toll gates. One is The Century (Doubleday; 606 pages; $60) by Peter Jennings and Todd Brewster; the other, The American Century (Knopf; 710 pages; $50) by Harold Evans. The books are distinctly different, but each has much to recommend it, not least because Jennings, a Canadian national, and British-born Evans, now a U.S. citizen, view their subject from the...

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