It's About Time: How Long History Took

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Andrews McMeel Publishing, Oct 1, 2004 - History - 192 pages
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Sparked by the fateful 73-second Challenger voyage, It's About Time began as a newspaper feature chronicling key moments in history and the length of time each took to occur. This fascinating book, complete with photographs, puts scores of historical events to the clock, including the four score and seven years ago Gettysburg Address--which lasted just two minutes in 1863.

It took 43 seconds for the atomic bomb to be dropped on Hiroshima. History was forever altered in less than a minute. In contrast, it took 355 years, 10 months, and five days to end African slavery in the Americas.

These moments in history are among the nearly 200 recounted in this turn-back-the-clock look at time--and the part it played in history. Unlike most books that present events in chronological order, It's About Time ranks key historical moments by duration--from the shortest to the longest.

* 1/400th of a second-photographing the flag-raising on Iwo Jima (1945)

* Two hours, 32 seconds--Neil Armstrong's walk on the moon (1969)

* Four days--stock market crash (1929)

* 14 years, 28 days--the carving of Mount Rushmore (1927-41)

* 2,267 years--construction of the Great Wall of China (7th century B.C.-1568)

Featuring facts from each event and black-and-white snapshots from many of them, this book offers a yet-unseen perspective on history and the time it has taken for historical events to unfold. It's About Time is a must-read for history and trivia buffs everywhere.

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Mike Flanagan is the author of one play and four books including Out West, The Old West Day by Day, and The Complete Idiot's Guide to the Old West. The savvy veteran writer also has written more than 500 newspaper and magazine articles for diverse publications worldwide, including Newsday, Women's Day, Reader's Digest, the Chicago Tribune, the Washington Post, and Plane and Pilot. Flanagan credits his sense of time to a long career in radio both as a talk show host and producer of music programs in all formats. Flanagan spends his time in Denver, Colo.

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