Defining America: 1936-1961 (Paperback)

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"Experience the greatest moments of the 20th century with an accessible narrative that makes history come alive.
Adapted from the #1 national bestseller especially for young readers
The twentieth century was a time of tremendous change, the most eventful hundred years in human history. Join Peter Jennings and Todd Brewster for a fascinating journey back in time to experience, through vivid first-person accounts, the most surprising and the most terrifying events of the past hundred years. These are the voices of ordinary people--children and adults who were a part of history in the making. Their joys and sorrows, their hopes and fears provide a compelling insider's look at momentous events that have reshaped the world. "The Century for Young People" is a riveting read and an essential research volume. It is the story of our time for all time.

About the Author

Peter Jennings is a professional writer with more than 40 years experience. Along with "The Osiris Connection" written with Steve Douglass, Peter has recently completed "The Power of Happiness: How To Get Happy In Unhappy Times" (, "The Shark Assault: A Story of Survival" written with Nicole Moore ( and "Making It With Marilyn" written with Marilyn Brooks ( He is currently working on the first in a series of fiction books featuring Dr. Tasha Harcourt, "A Taste For Death" ( Having learned about Steve Douglass's amazing exploits in the gasoline business, Jennings encouraged Douglass to draft his career events into a story hidden behind a veil of semi-fiction (to avoid potential legal challenges - even to stay alive). Using his as a foundation, Jennings then wrote the final manuscript for "The Osiris Connection." The less public Peter Jennings is found at "Hemlock Hollow," a sprawling lakeside log home he shares with his wife Louise and their faithful rescue dogs Molly and Macy. His pursuits include jazz, singing (see, golf, spirited conversations with close friends, and gentle lake cruises in the family's 1909 mahogany boat "Ruth." * * * Steve Douglass was born and educated in Canada. Subsequent to university graduation, he spent the first part of his career in the oil industry, beginning with Exxon, then Royal Dutch Shell, the largest and second largest companies in the business. Many of his roles pivoted around marketing which fuelled his interest in writing. The second half of his career was devoted to building one of the smallest companies in the industry: his own. Along the way, Douglass experienced incredibly dark escapades after meeting the larcenous character who is re-molded as "Jim Siriso" in "The Osiris Connection." The Douglass/Jennings friendship has survived their collaboration on "The Osiris Connection" and both authors look forward to a successful publishing event and motion picture adaptation of their work.

Todd Brewster has served as Don E. Ackerman Director of Oral History at the United States Military Academy, West Point, and is a longtime journalist who has worked as an editor for Time and Life and as senior producer for ABC News. He has written for Vanity Fair, Time, Life, The Huffington Post, The Philadelphia Inquirer, The New York Times, and is the coauthor with the late Peter Jennings of the bestselling books The Century, The Century for Young People, and In Search of America. He lives with his wife and two sons in Ridgefield, Connecticut.

Jennifer Keishin Armstrong is the author of "Why? Because We Still Like You" and coauthor of "Sexy Feminism".
Product Details
ISBN: 9780385737685
ISBN-10: 0385737688
Publisher: Delacorte Press
Publication Date: September 22nd, 2009
Pages: 112
Language: English