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Dancing in the Dark: A Cultural History of the Great Depression Hardcover – Deckle Edge, September 14, 2009
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Dr. Morris Dickstein's commentary goes beyond cataloging; he goes beyond appreciation of the works. He holds them up for the reader to examine with him and thus makes them multi-dimensional instead of just a "good movie" or a "good book." His cataloging, though, is first-rate, as he introduces artists rarely mentioned outside of the academic world. Too much to read and watch, not enough time.
I highly recommend "Dancing in the Dark." It revealed the Thirties in ways I had never considered, introduced works and artists with whom I was not familiar, and entertained me so that I looked forward to the times I could pick it up again.
From his wonderful overview of the films of Ginger Rogers and Fred Astaire; the writings of Steinbeck, F. Scott Fitzgerald, and so many more; the music of the Gershwins and Cole Porter..."Dancing" is a can't-put-it-down page-turner... one wished the book would never end.
"Dancing" is highly recommended but, be warned: this introduction to Depression-era culture will make you want to explore more for yourself.
A thoroughly rewarding, richly documented study.
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Very detailed and long discussion of some aspects of the Great Depression that have not been covered elswhere..some of it seems redundant and too wordy but generally interestingPublished 8 months ago by Diane Middleton
Very promising title and publicity. The book, alas, is very thin on facts, very long on digressions and navel gazing on and about minuscule groups in NY or DC for the period, empty... Read morePublished 8 months ago by Francois Lacasse
Dancing in the Dark has a couple of flaws, keeping it from a 5 star rating. The first flaw is the author states the cause of the Great Depression to have been the 1929 stockmarket... Read morePublished 14 months ago by David S. Wellhauser
Excellent book on the cultural background of the Great Depression. Anyone familiar with the political and social story will find his understanding enhanced by this book. Read morePublished 20 months ago by RJR
One of the better social histories of the 1930s--accessible and accurate, written well and (evidently) well-researched.Published 21 months ago by W. Ross
This is a genuis presentation of the proletariat literature (and other art forms) of the American Depression years. Read morePublished 21 months ago by planosue
A fun fascinating read. This book presents a new way to look at the depression era. History teachers focus on politics and economics; Dickstein, on the other hand, presents the... Read morePublished on February 12, 2014 by D
I'm about half way through this book. It reminds me of digging for clams with bare feet. Most of the time your in sandy muck, but once in a while you get a clam. Read morePublished on December 24, 2013 by Peter Javsicas