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ZOOM Chronicle of the 20th Century

This product is included in The World Reference Pack

See also Webster's New World Family Discovery Library II

Dorling Kindserley Multimedia

Reference

Ages: 12 to adult

Ratings:

4 stars from ComputerLife

Witness over 34,000 Days - One for Every Day of the Century

The ultimate interactive guide to the century's people, places, and events. Fads and fashions, politics and personalities, wars and sports, science and cinema - it's all here for curious minds ages 12 and up to explore. With more than 6,000 news stories, plus video and audio clips, animated maps, biographies, thematic 20th Century in Focus articles, powerful search capabilities, and a stunning 3-D Newsroom interface, Chronicle of the 20th Century CD-ROM is the most entertaining, comprehensive, and useful reference to this amazing era in human history.

Humankind's most tumultuous, tragic, triumphant century - year by year, month by month, and day by day!

From the Wright Brothers' first flight to the Apollo 11 moon landing...from the fall of the czar to the fall of the Berlin Wall...from votes for women to the struggle against apartheid...Chronicle of the 20th Century CD-ROM brings the entire scope and sweep of this amazing era to your computer screen.

Based on the phenomenally successful book (more than 5 million copies sold), Chronicle of the 20th Century CD-ROM adds the power and excitement of multimedia to this critically acclaimed best-seller. A beautifully rendered 3-D Newsroom is your gateway to more than 6,000 news stories, each written in a lively "you are there" style that makes history as current as today's headlines. In addition, you will find a news entry for every single day of the century. Combined with 3,000 photos, scores of video and audio clips, and a host of interactive features, this rich content makes Chronicle of the 20th Century ideal for reference, for research - or just for enthralling true-life entertainment.

Chronicle Online

A built-in link takes you to our site on the World Wide Web, where you can check out our great disasters area, examine the objects and technologies that changed 20th-century life, and submit your own remembrances for the People's Chronicle.

20th Century in Focus

Eight detailed 20th Century in Focus articles give you the "big picture" about major events of our time, from the Russian Revolution to the space race.

Requirements:

Windows 3.1x/95, 486DX/33MHz, 8Mb RAM (12Mb recommended for Window 95), 640x480 256 colors (16 bit color preferred), double speed CD-ROM drive, 30Mb available space on hard drive, 8 bit sound card, loudspeakers or headphones, mouse. To access Chronicle Online, the online feature in this product, you will need a modem.

Reviews:

ComputerLife, February 1997

"The twentieth century has seen everything from the invention of the nuclear bomb to the brief reign of the hula hoop. DK Multimedia's Chronicle of the 20th Century provides a comprehensive look at the people and events that have shaped the past 97 years and lets you come up with your own take on our times.

"Based on the best-selling book of the same name, the disc provides more than 8,000 articles, 2,000 photos, and 100 videos in a frank, newspaper-style interface. The information included on names, dates and places is detailed enough to satisfy history buffs, but the disc's real strength lies in the easy entry points it provides if you want to simply browse. My favorite was the book of scandals, which shed light on hush-hush topics like the romantic tale of King Edward VIII and Wallis Simpson, and the murky depths of Chappaquiddick.

"Also quick to draw me in were the This-Day-In-History search function (which for October 28 unearthed such paradoxical headlines as 'Whales Escape Ice in Vast Rescue Effort' and 'Mussolini's Armies Invade Europe') and the 130 biographies, from Muhammad Ali to Boris Yeltsin.

"With its innovative presentation, which juxtaposed 'Five Burglars Found in Watergate Offices' and 'David Bowie Releases Ziggy Stardust' on the same news screen, Chronicle of the 20th Century raised my awareness of the wide and often ironic range of events that have shaped our times. For anyone looking to take stock as we head toward the millennium, this disc is a more than worthwhile buy."



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