Friday, October 24, 2014

Nonfiction RC #11

I read this book for the Nonfiction Reading Challenge 2014

Only Yesterday: An Informal History of the 1920s – Frederick Lewis Allen

The title makes sense in light of the fact that Allen published this in 1931. It has been popular ever since due to its well-organized coverage of the topics, its engaging mixture of the era’s silly and serious sides, and the lively fluent writing style. Any reader who want to improve her cultural literacy will get much out of Allen’s even-handed examinations of Woodrow Wilson’s tragedy, Harding’s nature as the empty suit that became president, the years of exuberant Coolidge prosperity, the revolution in manners and morals, the revolts of the highbrows such as H.L. Mencken, the crazed bull market and the subsequent crash that changed everything. Allen’s sense of humor is evident without being cute.

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