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Anything Goes

Lucy Moore

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ISBN 13: 978-1-59020-313-2
Trim Size: 6 x 9

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Bracketed by the catastrophes of World War I and the Wall Street Crash, 1920’s America was a place of drama, tension and hedonism. It's glitter is seductive: jazz, flappers, wild parties, the cult of celebrity, and a gangster-led crime scene flourishing under Prohibition. The period was also punctuated by momentous events—the political show trials of doomed anarchists Sacco and Vanzetti, the huge Ku Klux Klan march down Pennsylvania Avenue led by the charismatic alcoholic “Doc” Simmons—and it produced a dizzying array of writers, musicians and film stars, from F. Scott Fitzgerald to Bessie Smith and Charlie Chaplin.

Lucy Moore’s critically acclaimed Anything Goes: A Biography of the Roaring Twenties revives all of the big names and big events of our most compelling decade — a period that, she observes, in some ways is not unlike the present. Examining the social changes that swept the nation, the dazzling new technology — cars, telephones, radios, electric refrigerators and vacuum cleaners — and the literary and cultural responses to those changes, Moore reveals that the Roaring Twenties were far more than just the “years between wars.” It was the Jazz Age; a time of promiscuity and plenty, political corruption and complacency, technology, excess, consumerism and celebrity. This was an epoch of passion and transformation — and with its many social and technological changes, its fetishization of material goods, and its cult of youth and instant celebrity, 1920’s America resonates with today’s culture.

American-born Lucy Moore is one of the brightest young stars of mainstream history writing. By looking in detail at individual events like Lindbergh’s flight across the Atlantic, the scandal of Teapot Dome and the founding of the New Yorker magazine, this gripping, intimate portrait of the Jazz Age opens windows to many of this country’s most iconic moments.


“Moore delivers a fast-paced portrait of the 20th-century's fizziest decade, replete with gangsters, flappers, speakeasies and jazz. The author's breezy style synchs nicely with her subject matter, and her focus on the personalities behind the history keeps the narrative engaging…Snappy, vivid account of America's most glittering decade.” —Kirkus

“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

"A varied and dazzling portrait gallery of crooks and film stars, boxers and presidents, each brilliantly delineated and colored in by a historian with a novelist's relish for human foibles." —The Sunday Times (London)

"Eminently readable…A sparkling collection of the anecdotes and personalities that defined the Roaring Twenties... Fascinating." —The Sunday Business Post

“Quickstepping over the surface of the 1920s, a high-octane and high-speed decade that F. Scott Fitzgerald christened the Jazz Age, U.K. writer Moore emphasizes that the 1920s was a time a lot like our recent past…This lightweight survey is best suited for readers not deeply familiar with this much revisited decade.” —Publishers Weekly

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