where the writers are
It's About Time
It's About Time
$10.95
Paperback
See Book Details »

BOOK DETAILS

Mike gives an overview of the book:

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...
Read full overview »

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, times of day, times of year, and how time played an important role in incidents both short and long. It's About Time is a must for history and trivia buffs and is sure to become a fixture as a reference book on shelves everywhere.

mike-flanagan's picture

I've always been fascinated by durations. When it comes to historical events, the actual timing gives another perspective. An event that will changes millions of lives forever can take place in an instant. The other thing I think is cool about this book is the way it is arranged. When collecting all these times I had always imagined them running in chronological order in the finished product. An editor at Andrews,McMeel suggested I arrange them by duration, and that added a whole other perspective. Even more emphasis was put on time. The book itself then began with the f-stop setting on the camera that photographed the raising of the flag on Iwo Jima and ended with the age of the universe itself. The times range from 1/400th of a second to a few billion years, and there's quite a few things in between.

About Mike