"From Albert Einstein to the Marx Brothers, this authoritative reference book provides 2,000 biographies of men and women from different countries and cultures who have contributed to the thought as well as the action of the twentieth century. For anyone seeking clear and accurate information on the leading figures of this century, it is an essential work of reference."--BOOK JACKET. "Features: biographies of 2,000 famous men and women of this century; leading figures from politics, religion, science, literature, medicine, cinema, sport, and many other fields of human activity; worldwide coverage, spanning all countries and cultures; and up-to-date and authoritative entries written in a clear and accessible style."--BOOK JACKET.