AMERICAN CHRONICLE: YEAR BY YEAR THROUGH THE TWENTIETH CENTURY, Lois and Alan Gordon,Yale University Press, $49.95.

The chronology of life in the United States between 1900 and 1998 is well presented in this illuminating 950-page book with its more than 1,000 photographs and illustrations. Authors Lois and Alan Gordon have recorded the momentous events of each year, as well as its art, fashion, literature, movies, music, sports, and scientific highlights. Anecdotes, facts and figures, ads and fads, headlines, memorable quotations, and a wealth of information often omitted from historical accounts complete this unique record of twentieth-century life.