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Anything Goes: A Biography of the Roaring Twenties

2 Ratings: 2.5
A book by Lucy Moore

The term Roaring Twenties connotates an era of uninhibited excess, characterized by drinking, shameless flappers, jazz, and gangland wars. All of these aspects are covered in this enjoyable, if uneven, survey of the decade. Moore also convincingly asserts … see full wiki

Author: Lucy Moore
Genre: History
Publisher: Overlook Hardcover
2 reviews about Anything Goes: A Biography of the Roaring...
review by . July 07, 2010
This is a book that gives the casual reader a snapshot of the decade of the 1920s through chapters which dal with specific people or topics. I was amazed, and shocked, at the self-indulgent hedonism that prevailed during that time, although I think I should not have been, for its been very well covered by many books. It's just that, in and age where we are concerned with making ends meet and trying to feed our families and pay our taxes, reading about those insufferable people grates on the sensibilities. &nbs …
review by . May 11, 2010
This is not a serious history of the 1920s. In fact, it really isn't much of a history at all - more like a collection of vignettes. Much to her credit, the author acknowledges up front that the book is a "subjective survey of the principal events and characters of the times". The result is an uneven pastiche which is often inaccurate, incomplete and not infrequently colored by pedestrian political views which would merit no place in a true history.     Author Lucy Moore chooses …
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