It is not an exaggeration by any means to describe these photographs as historic. Many are iconic and some were triggers to consequences far beyond the single event captured on film. Some examples are the street execution of a captured Vietcong guerilla fighter in the streets of Saigon, a Buddhist monk protesting the government of Ngo Dinh Diem by an act of self-immolation, President Richard Nixon shaking the hands of Chinese leaders, the mass suicide at Jonestown, the takeover of the U. S. embassy in Tehran by student militants, the Viking pictures of the surface of Mars, Neil Armstrong stepping onto the surface of the Moon, the shooting of Pope John Paul II in the Vatican, U. S. President Carter, Egyptian President Sadat and Israeli Prime Minister Menachem Begin clasping hands after signing the peace treaty between Egypt and Israel, the assassination of Egyptian President Sadat, and the assassination of would-be Philippines President Benigno Aquino. While it is of course possible to capture only a small bit of the history of the last 50 years in a collection of photos, there is no question that some of the most significant bits appear in this book.
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