Multi-Media Review: AMERICAN PRESIDENTS: THE MOST POWERFUL MAN ON EARTH : AH

AMERICAN PRESIDENTS: THE MOST POWERFUL MAN ONEARTH (Mentorom Multimedia, $29.98)

Presented by Walter Cronkite, in collaborationwith the National Archives and Records Administration and its presidentiallibraries, this two-volume CD-ROM set for Windows–“Shaping ModernAmerica” and “The Cold War”–traces the history of modern America through theterms of office of 11 presidents, from Herbert Hoover (1874-1964) to GeorgeBush (1924- ). With the aid of newsreel and video footage, photographs, letters,interviews with historians, and the words of the presidents themselves, thesignificant domestic and international events of the period are well documented.”Shaping Modern America” covers such dramatic occurrences as the Wall StreetCrash (1929), Franklin D. Roosevelt’s “New Deal” speech (1932), Brown v.Board of Education of Topeka, Kansas (1954), McCarthyism (early 1950s), theassassination of John F. Kennedy (1963), the first moon walk (1969), and thespace shuttle Challenger explosion (1986). “The Cold War” focuses on the causesof the struggle that developed after World War II between non-communistcountries allied with the United States and communist nations led by the Union ofSoviet Socialist Republics (U.S.S.R.). Topics include the dropping of atomicbombs on Hiroshima and Nagasaki (1945), the Marshall Plan (1947), the buildingof the Berlin Wall (1961), the Cuban missile crisis (1962), the Strategic ArmsLimitation treaties (1972 and 1974), and the breakup of the U.S.S.R. (1991). Aninternet “hotlink” allows much of the information to connect with related WorldWide Web sites, and a free thirty-minute reference video is included with this set.

More Reviews from the June 1997 issue of American History:
LIGHTHOUSES OF NORTH AMERICAREVOLUTIONARY WAR: BIRTH OF A NATION BELLA VISTA: AN UNSEEN VIEW OF WWII

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