Capital of the World: A Portrait of New York City in the Roaring Twenties

Capital of the World: A Portrait of New York City in the Roaring Twenties

by David Wallace
     
 

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In the same absorbing style that characterized his bestseller Lost Hollywood, David Wallace presents a the Prohibition-era personalities and events that made New York City the cultural and financial capital of the world. Sex, sin, song, work, sports, play—all these aspects of New York and more are told through a rich array of anecdotes and "inside" profiles of

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In the same absorbing style that characterized his bestseller Lost Hollywood, David Wallace presents a the Prohibition-era personalities and events that made New York City the cultural and financial capital of the world. Sex, sin, song, work, sports, play—all these aspects of New York and more are told through a rich array of anecdotes and "inside" profiles of the individuals that personified them in a defining decade. As no book has to date, Capital of the World brings alive New York during a period that saw speakeasies, the rise of the Mafia, women achieving the right to vote, the birth of radio and mass communication, and the beginnings of gossip as a business. This was also an era abuzz with the arts, film, fashion, jazz, baseball, and boxing. Among the many personality driven themes so richly addressed in Capital of the World:
• Sherman Billingsely's Stork Club and Prohibition
• Martha Graham and modern dance
• Babe Ruth and sports
• David Sarnoff and radio
• Alexander Woollcott, Dorothy Parker, and the rest of The Round Table
• Lucky Luciano and organized crime
• Mayor Jimmy "Gentleman Jim" Walker and politics
• Madam Polly Adler and the brothels
• Walter Winchell and the birth of gossip journalism
• The Cotton Club and the Harlem Renaissance
• And much more...

Editorial Reviews

From the Publisher
"The 1920s' distinctive cultural creation, the celebrity, is the real star of this gallery of famous New Yorkers. . . . Take Fanny Brice, then a popular comedienne. She was the inspiration for the hit musical and 1968 movie Funny Girl. . . . Others are novelist Anita Loos (Gentlemen Prefer Blondes), mobster Lucky Luciano (The Godfather), and a Harlem nightclub (The Cotton Club). . . . Also including figures from journalism, prostitution, politics, music, and dance, Wallace's tome recalls the fizz and biz of 1920s publicity."—Booklist "...a great summer read." —BoweryBoys.com "...compelling and appealing.... [an] engaging recounting of the era as personified by some of its most colorful characters." —Sam Roberts, The New York Times "David Wallace anoints 1920s New York the Capital of the World." —Vanity Fair

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780762780150
Publisher:
Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, Inc.
Publication date:
09/04/2012
Pages:
288
Product dimensions:
5.50(w) x 8.80(h) x 1.00(d)

Meet the Author

David Wallace is the author of several books, including the national bestseller Lost Hollywood. He is the former national correspondent for People Weekly and has published regularly in numerous other publications, including the Los Angeles Times, Denver Post, Ladies Home Journal, and Life. He cofounded the publicity and PR firm Gifford/Wallace, which represented the hugely successful rock musical Hair. He lives in Palm Springs, California.

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