WHAT A YEAR IT WAS! is a fascinating look at the headline events and news-making personalities of 1947. Told through compelling pictures and words, this lavish hardcover volume covers all of the year’s biggest stories—the news, entertainment, sports, fashion and people that changed our lives forever. Plus, a generous sampling of vintage ads that will carry you back in time. 1947 was an exciting year in a tumultuous decade. Gritty, dark films like "Body and Soul" and "Crossfire" were hot at the box office. Humphrey Bogart was hard-boiled in "Dark Passage and Elizabeth Taylor was a fresh face. Television was in it's infancy. Radio was big, and none were bigger than Groucho Marx and Jack Benny. In popular music, Frank Sinatra and the Andrews Sisters topped the charts. The 40-year Cold War chess game between the U.S. and the Soviet Union got underway. Howard Hughes’ Spruce Goose briefly took to the sky, the notorious Black Dahlia murder grabbed headlines, and a UFO crashed in Roswell, New Mexico. The Polaroid camera was introduced and the LP record was the latest way to listen to music. Dior was the fashion-must for women, while men took to Hawaiian shirts. And Jackie Robinson smashed color barriers, becoming the first black player to sign a contract with a major ball league club. Wherever you were or weren't in 1947, WHAT A YEAR IT WAS! 1947 will bring a sentimental smile to your face as you relive that very special time.