Clarissa Cruz
January 07, 2000 AT 05:00 AM EST

Life: Our Century in Pictures

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Coffee Table, History

We gave it a B+

Arranging the history of the last 100 years around images rather than text is a daunting task indeed. How does one choose one photograph over another without reducing a vital event to a captioned historical blip? But it works; these images of the century’s watershed political, cultural, and social moments speak for themselves. Although it contains the occasional odd juxtaposition — a gruesome pic of dead El Salvadoran leftists appears next to a gruesome still from Michael Jackson’s Thriller video — LIFE remains a moving, impressively comprehensive tribute to the 20th century. B+

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