Anything Goes: A Biography of the Roaring Twenties

Anything Goes: A Biography of the Roaring Twenties

by Lucy Moore

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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781590204511
Publisher: The Overlook Press
Publication date: 03/01/2011
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 400
Sales rank: 722,300
File size: 2 MB
Age Range: 18 Years

About the Author

LUCY MOORE was born in 1970 and educated in Britain and the U.S. before studying history at Edinburgh. Voted one of the "top twenty young writers in Britain" by the Independent on Sunday, her books include the bestselling Maharanis and the acclaimed Liberty

Table of Contents

List of Illustrations 9

Prologue 13

1 "You Cannot Make Your Shimmy Shake on Tea" 19

2 "The Rhythm of Life" 43

3 Femme Fatale 69

4 "Five and Ten Cent Lusts and Dreams" 93

5 "My God! How the Money Rolls In" 117

6 "The Business of America Is Business" 139

7 Fear of the Foreign 161

8 The Ku Klux Klan Redux 185

9 In Exile 209

10 The New Yorker 000233

11 "Yes, We Have No Bananas Today" 253

12 The Spirit of St. Louis 271

13 The Big Fight 293

14 Crash 315

Bibliography 333

Acknowledgments 342

Index 343

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"An interesting and wide ranging look at a tumultuous period."
-Booklist

"A varied and dazzling portrait gallery of crooks and film stars, boxers and presidents, each brilliantly delineated and coloured in by a historian with a novelist's relish for human foibles."
-The Sunday Times (London)

"Mesmerising... Like the champagne-immersed age she portrays, Moore's book effervesces with the detail of this fascinating story."- Juliet Nicholson, Evening Standard

"What a decade it was! What goings-on more violent, subversive and exotic than any of the parties, japes or shenanigans of our own Bright Young Things... Moore has knitted the various diverse strands together impressively with an overview of the large cast of characters, events, attitudes, industries and statistics."
-Anne de Courcy, Daily Mail

"Full of anecdote, detail and colour... Fluid and elegant."
-Marianne Brace, Independent

"Out-of-control consumer spending? Unregulated banking system? Feverish need to drink and drug the jumpy self into oblivion? Check, check, check. We have been here before, and in a much worse state too, at the end of the 'roaring' 1920s. If this book has a moral it is that, in the words of that balladeer of bad times Al Jolson, 'you ain't seen nothing yet.'"
-Kathryn Hughes, Guardian

"The great strength of this delightful canter through the history of America in the 1920s [is] the author's zestful way with a story... All the spirit of a Prohibition party."
-Sunday Times Books of the Year

"The energy and dynamism that came to embody much of the 'Roaring Twenties' are palpable in Lucy Moore's portrait of American society throughout the decade ... Moore propels the reader at speed through the key social, cultural, political and economic events of the period. Beginning with notorious activities of Wall Street financiers, the result is a book that presents a powerful impression of both the glamorous and the dirty aspects of this era. This is clearly a book of timely relevance."
-Christopher Godden, Times Literary Supplement

"A gorgeous historical indulgence."
-InStyle

"Lucy Moore's enlightening, well-researched biography of the 1920s will appeal to scholars as well as a general audience. Filled with attention-grabbing details that many historians neglect and a wide range of subjects-from celebrities like Charlie Chaplin or Bessie Smith to political corruption and social upheaval-Anything Goes will not disappoint readers, no matter their educational background...Anyone interested in discovering Al Capone, F. Scott Fitzgerald, and Charles Lindbergh in the pages of the same book will find this broad-based work a worthwhile pursuit."
-ForeWord

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reader75LL More than 1 year ago
Good history read of a somewhat rather turbulent time for the US. It appears that all societies just blossomed out and people lived there fullest each day. As history has proven prohibition was not the way to go, scandals in the government plus the meltdown of the stock market. Very interesting read.