Only Yesterday: an Informal History of the 1920s

Only Yesterday: an Informal History of the 1920s


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Only Yesterday deals with that delightful decade from the Armistice in November 1918 to the panic and depression of 1929-30. Here is the story of Woodrow Wilson's defeat, the Harding scandals, the Coolidge prosperity, the revolution in manners and morals, the bull market and its smash-up. Allen's lively narrative brings back an endless variety of half-forgotten events, fashions, crazes, and absurdities. Deftly written, with a humorous touch, Only Yesterday traces, beneath the excitements of day-to-day life in the 20s, those currents in national life and thought which are the essence of true history.

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  • Paperback | 338 pages
  • 109.22 x 180.34 x 25.4mm | 204.12g
  • HarperCollins Publishers Inc
  • HarperCollins
  • New York, NYUnited States
  • English
  • Perennial Classics ed
  • 0060956658
  • 9780060956653
  • 179,997

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"A style that is verve itself.... Besides telling the story of the bull market in fine perspective, Mr. Allen presents the first coherent account that we have seen of the oil scandals that will eventually make the Harding regime match that of President Grant and the Credit Mobilier story in the history books of the future".-- New York Times

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Prohibition. Al Capone. The President Harding scandals. The revolution of manners and morals. Black Tuesday. These are only an inkling of the events and figures characterizing the wild, tumultuous era that was the Roaring Twenties. Originally published in 1931, Only Yesterday traces the rise of post-World War I prosperity up to the Wall Street crash of 1929 against a colorful backdrop of flappers, speakeasies, the first radio, and the scandalous rise of skirt hemlines. Hailed as an instant classic, this is Frederick Lewis Allen's vivid and definitive account of one of the 20th century's most fascinating decades, chronicling a time of both joy and terror -- when dizzying highs were quickly succeeded by heartbreaking lows.

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