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December 1, 2008

The history of the world 1851–2008 — As told by the front pages of the New York Times


I wonder how good a sense of what happened someone from the year 2200 would get by using this resource alone?

Probably as good — if not better — as an equal amount of time spent with anything else.

Assuming, of course, that the time machine isn't quite ready for launch.

From the website:

    The Complete New York Times Front Pages

    This book and three DVD-ROM collection captures every front page from The New York Times, recalling 157 years of world-changing events and news that The Gray Lady deemed "fit to print."

    The book has more than 300 of the most significant Page Ones, faithfully reproduced right down to the bolded headlines in Cheltenham typeface and honorific style that are the hallmarks of The Times' staid presentation.

    It begins with the first issue, published on September 18, 1851, and readers can trace the history of the U.S. and the world chronologically until March 19, 2008, using the same headlines, running text, and photographs that The Times printed that day.

    Twenty landmark dates, including Martin Luther King, Jr.'s "I Have a Dream" speech, the iconic "MEN WALK ON MOON" headline, and the September 11th terrorist attacks are presented in foldout, full-size pages.

    The DVD-ROMs contain 54,267 front pages in PDF format, indexed by date and easily browsable with the click of a mouse.

    Hardcover; 456 pages.




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I'm guessing it's mainly for the headlines, but don't the front page articles usually spill over to other pages in the newspaper?

Does it include the companion material, or just the front pages?

Posted by: EEJ | Dec 2, 2008 3:56:07 PM

Amazon has it for $24 cheaper. http://www.amazon.com/New-York-Times-Complete-1851-2008/dp/1579127495

Posted by: ageekymom | Dec 2, 2008 10:58:45 AM

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