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.
That is not to take anything away from the research and presentation that the author brings to this book. The decade is sporadically covered, but its quite difficult to give an in-depth review of 10 yeasrs in a bit over 300 pages. Within the constraints faced by the author,the book has turned out very well indeed. This would have been a 5 star review except for the sentence that stated Babe Ruth's 60 home run seaon has not been surpassed. Where has the author been the past few years? That quibble aside, I do recommend this book as very readable and interesting.
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 … more
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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 that this was a period of significant social and political change with long-term effects. Utilizing a topical approach, she offers interesting descriptions of the emergence of organized crime, the excesses of big business, the Harlem Renaissance, and the stirrings of civil rights activism. She provides many useful tidbits about personalities as varied as Al Capone and Marcus Garvey. As long as Moore stays with her descriptive narrative, her account moves along smoothly. Unfortunately, her efforts to analyze these trends and to link them to our current economic and political conditions don’t ring true and are often based upon unwarranted assumptions. Still, for general readers, this work provides an interesting and wide-ranging look at a tumultuous period. --Jay Freeman