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Anything Goes: A Biography of the Roaring Twenties 1st Edition

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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


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

"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."

"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."

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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 400 pages
  • Publisher: The Overlook Press; 1 edition (March 4, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1590203135
  • ISBN-13: 978-1590203132
  • Product Dimensions: 9.2 x 6.6 x 1.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.4 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (25 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #417,211 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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14 of 15 people found the following review helpful By Quixote010 VINE VOICE on April 13, 2010
Format: Hardcover
"I can't be bothered resisting things I want," Zelda Fitzgerald, wife of author F. Scott, is quoted by author Lucy Moore as saying. And it is this phrase that encaptulates the brazen, excessive 1920s.

Moore has prepared a most interesting review of a period that has been, with the exception of the crash of the stock market, presented through the eyes of Fitzgerald's Jay Gatsby or Steinbeck's Tom Jodd.

In "Anything Goes," she points out that although both were accurate, the 1920s were much more. Moore writes, that the era contained "political corruption and complacency; fear of outsiders; life-changing technologies; cults of youth, excess consumerism and celebrity; profit as a new religion on the one hand and the easy availability of credit on the other; astonishing affluence and yet a huge section of society unable to move out of poverty." She astutely details that the more things change, the more they stay the same.

Moore's book is interesting because she manages to incorporate fascinating details on her broached subjects: buying and consuming alcohol was not illegal in Prohibition, distributing it was; Duke Ellington's father was a butler in the White House; and Charlie Chaplin paid the largest divorce settlement in 1927 awarded up to that time ($600,000.)

Among her other revelations: Cocktails became popular because distributors needed to mask the taste of the sometimes deadly mixtures used to make bathtub gin or moonshine whisky; cocaine "spoons" didn't become popular in the disco era, but in the flapper era; women went from wearing 19 yards of fabric at the turn of the century to just 7 yards in the 20s, and that the term "feminine hygiene" was used to mask the growing demand for female contriceptions.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Happy Reader TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on January 6, 2014
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I enjoyed reading "Anything Goes". Lucy Moore is at her best when she presents a narrowly focused chapter. The chapter of President and First Lady Warren and Florence Harding, for example, is fascinating. "Harding's informal, guileless style made his intellectual inadequacies hard to disguise. The year he took office, he confessed to a journalist that he was having trouble coming to terms with the complexities of his new duties. 'I don't know what to do or where to turn in this taxation matter. Somewhere there must be a book that tells all about it, where I could go to straighten it out in my mind But I don't know where the book is, and maybe I couldn't read it if I found it. And there must a man in the country somewhere who could weigh both sides and know the truth. Probably he is in some college or other. But I don't know where to find him.' "

Chapters on much wider topics, such as the 1929 Crash, necessarily simplify things or chose to emphasize points with which others may disagree. But it's engaging reading because Moore always brings it down to the specific, such as when Groucho Marx comments, "All I lost was two hundred and forty thousand dollars... I would have lost more but that was all the money I had."

There are a couple mistakes that even I noticed. This book was first published in 2010, so it's odd that she writes how in 1927 Babe Ruth "would hit the still unbeaten record of 60 home runs in the season."

And then there's the mis-statement in the chapter on the Ku Klux Klan: "In Pennsylvania, the Klan exploited the traditional friction between Catholics and the descendants of the original Dutch settlers." She refers, I believe, to the Pennsylvania Dutch, who were German Protestants, "Dutch" being a misspelling of "Deutsch".
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By James D. Crabtree VINE VOICE on February 8, 2013
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The writer does a good job of discussing the period of the 1920s while at the same time focusing on a few characters to illustrate the times they lived in: movie stars, politicians, musicians, businessmen, writers, etc. However, I can't help wondering why radio stars were not included in this book, nor Will Rogers (whose social commentary was at least as scathing as the Algonquin Round Table, and I could argue had more impact). As history the book does well to discuss the demographic shifts of the times, the economic "boom" and the rise of consumerism and advertising. Well worth getting!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Brad Bunnin on October 24, 2011
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The author covers a lot of ground in a compact book, treating a number of events and issues with economy and style. For a brief survey of pertinent social history, the book's a very good choice.
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I am really enjoying reading this book. I am usually a bio guy, and not as oriented to history books, but I really look forward to opening this one at every opportunity I get. It is a fascinating period, obviously, but I have learned some new things. For example, the advent of readily available birth control was a key to the end of imprisonment of women from a slew of kids to a more manageable number, and more opportunity for premarital bliss for single women and men. Prior to this period, women were arrested if they didn't wear a corset!
It weaves all of the activities of the time from politics to the movies to literature to crime...
I hightly recommend it. Enjoy!
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By Cinzia on November 30, 2012
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I've read several non-academic books about the 20's and this is definitely one of the best and easiest to read. Interesting information and well organized. You can pick it up and put it down without having to memorize exact dates of things or names. It helps explain which events impacted long term changes in society and culture in the US. If you're a scholar and looking for some heavier reading, this isn't for you, but if you're just someone who wants to get a better understanding of just how transformative the era was, this will do the trick.
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