A tumultuous stock market, a media obsessed with celebrity and scandal, a time new technologies were rocking society: the 1920s bear more than a little semblance to today, and 1927 is a snapshot of the period. Photographs and illustrations bring to life a year with astonishing parallels to the present. "[An] encyclopedic study with all the verve and excitement of a finelyA tumultuous stock market, a media obsessed with celebrity and scandal, a time new technologies were rocking society: the 1920s bear more than a little semblance to today, and 1927 is a snapshot of the period. Photographs and illustrations bring to life a year with astonishing parallels to the present. "[An] encyclopedic study with all the verve and excitement of a finely tuned novel.... An outstanding book." — Library Journal...
|Title||:||1927: High Tide of the 1920s|
|Number of Pages||:||368 Pages|
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1927: High Tide of the 1920s Reviews
Well, it was a good idea--1927 is such an obvious stand out year in the 20s, but execution was very similar to NEW WORLD RISING. I didn't learn much I didn't know already. This author relied a lot on statistics which was something new but I didn't trust those statistics. I was especially disappointed by the chapter on blacks which disintegrated into a laundry list of lynchings. Margaret Sanger is someone I would like to know more about. A real visionary. There was a bit more in this book about Hoover than in other books about the twenties I'd read. A really interesting guy. Ooh! I also enjoyed learning who the "Gibson Girl" was--this was the prototypical female of the early 1900s I'd deduced, and some artist named Gibson drew a lot of pictures of this female. Anyway in the paragraph describing the Gibson girl the author led in to the 20s female by saying something like..."the Gibson girl was basically unflappable." And then leading into the discussion of flappers. Ha! I thought that was clever.
I love the era of the Roaring Twenties and this book provided an interesting overview of that period. It is a straightforward telling of the times with a bit of social commentary thrown in for good measure. I enjoyed it but the author had some problems with individual's names; i.e.; the silent film star Vilma Banky was identified as Vilma Blanky, and the author Vachel Lindsey was identified as Rachel Lindsey. I don't know if those are proofreading or author errors but it tends to minimize the reader's respect for the book's content. Maybe I am just nitpicking but these types of mistakes cause me to give the book a lower rating.
Learned multiple factoids I did not know, but mostly this book was an inspiration to research the topics touched upon that really caught my interest.