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Only Yesterday: An Informal History of the 1920s
 
 
Author
Frederick Lewis Allen.
Publisher Harper Perennial  
Format paperback
ISBN 9780060956653
Pages/Publication Date 338/2010
Daedalus Item Code 49029
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Prohibition, Al Capone, the scandals of the Harding administration, jazz singers, seismic shifts in manners and morals, all capped off by Black Tuesday—these are just a few facets of the tumultuous Roaring Twenties. Originally published in 1931 and hailed as an instant classic, this book by historian and Harper's editor Frederick Lewis Allen traces the rise of prosperity in America from the end of World War I to the Wall Street crash of 1929, set against the colorful backdrop of flappers, speakeasies, radio, and the scandalous rise of skirt hemlines. Peppering his narrative with actual stock quotes and financial news, Allen tracks the major economic trends of the decade and explores the underlying causes of the Crash. Here are fresh accounts of Harding's oil scandals and the growth of the automobile industry, as well as the decline of the family farm, the Coolidge prosperity, and the long bull market of the late twenties. Allen's virtual hour-by-hour account of the Crash itself, told from multiple perspectives with mounting suspense, is as gripping as anything you are likely to read in fiction.

"A perfectly grand piece of historical record and synthetic journalism."—Chicago Daily Tribune

 
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