All USA Today weekly bestsellers from 2000-2011 put together into a fascinating visualization
This is hilarious. Every book from USA Today Top 10 weekly bestseller lists is being included in an awesome infographic that you can see at the end of this post. This single image shows more than 6,000 book covers, from 1,300 individual books.
This great visualization was prepared by James R A Davenport, astronomer and social data analyst, who runs a blog If We Assume. Each segment shows books from a single year – 2000 through 2011. Within the segment, each column represents one week of the year (starting on the left from a first week of January). There are 10 books in each column, in an order from a relevant weekly bestseller list.
James gathered all the book covers in a very smart way. Instead of doing it manually, he wrote a script that was grabbing the covers every week (to be precise: 4 weeks per month, 48 weeks a year). USA Today does a great job of aggregating book sales information from a variety of sources, and their Top 10 list is very easy to use and analyse.
In a detailed post, introducing the infographic, James also analyses the structure and trends within the visualization.
You can see the “decay time” of books as they drift off the bestseller list. Color choices seem to have become more saturated since 2000, and Twilight (big black band) is the undisputed champ.
Via If We Assume.
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A Woman of No Importance:
The Untold Story of the American Spy Who Helped Win World War II
by Sonia Purnell
France was falling. Burned-out cars, once strapped high with treasured possessions, were nosed crazily into ditches. Their beloved cargoes of dolls, clocks, and mirrors lay smashed around them and along mile upon mile of unfriendly road. Their owners, young and old, sprawled across the hot dust, were groaning or already silent. Yet the hordes just kept streaming past them, a never-ending line of hunger and exhaustion too fearful to stop for days on end.
Ten million women, children, and old men were on the move, all fleeing Hitler’s tanks pouring across the border from the east and the north. Entire cities had uprooted themselves in a futile bid to escape the Nazi blitzkrieg that threatened to engulf them. The fevered talk was of German soldiers stripped to the waist in jubilation at the ease of their conquest. The air was thick with smoke and the stench of the dead. The babies had no milk, and the aged fell where they stood. The horses drawing overladen old farm carts sagged and snarled in their sweat-drenched agony. The French heat wave of May 1940 was witness to this, the largest refugee exodus of all time.
Day after day a solitary moving vehicle weaved its way through the crowd with a striking young woman at the wheel. Private Virginia Hall often ran low on fuel and medicines but still pressed on in her French army ambulance toward the advancing enemy. She persevered even when the German Stukas came screaming down to drop 110-pound bombs onto the convoys all around her, torching the cars and cratering the roads. Even when fighter planes swept over the treetops to machine-gun the ditches where women and children were trying to take cover from the carnage. Even though French soldiers were deserting their units, abandoning their weapons, and running away, some in their tanks. Even when her left hip was shot with pain from continually pressing down on the clutch with her prosthetic foot.
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