"Eyes of the Nation: A Visual History of the United...

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November 09, 1997|By Michael Pakenham

"Eyes of the Nation: A Visual History of the United States," by Vincent Virga, Alan Brinkley and the curators of the Library of Congress (Knopf. 399 pages. $75). Celebrating the 100th anniversary of the Special Collections of the Library of Congress, this book is an immensely imaginative, deliciously designed sampling of the tens of millions of images and manuscripts in America's family memento closet. With superbly concise, bright

texts illuminating 500 illustrations, it sweeps across the nation's history with remarkable comprehensiveness. Its great joy, though, is offering of fascinating surprises - the sort of unforgettable details of the past that can make a reader wish a rainy Sunday afternoon could last forever.

Pub Date: 11/09/97

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