The life and career of author F. Scott Fitzgerald is used as a frame for this narrative social history of the United States in the 1920s. Written for a general audience, the text is ambitious in its scope, covering social, political, cultural, and economic change while simultaneously attempting to maintain a human scope. The author covers the activities of the Industrial Workers of the World (the Wobblies), the corruption of the Harding presidency, the Ku Klux Klan and other forms of American xenophobia, the sexual revolution symbolized by the "flappers," Billy Sunday as a symbol of religious revivalism, prohibition and the career of Al Capone, Charles Lindbergh and the rise of aviation, the stock market speculation that led to the crash of 1929, and many other aspects of American society during the decade of the "Roaring Twenties".
"The personal instrument of God" "To the red dawn" "We're all real proud of wurr'n" "Gee, how the money rolls in!" "My God, this is a hell of a job!" "I thought I could swing it" "My country 'tis of me" "Coolidge or chaos" "We loved every rattle" " A lost generation" "Whooping it up for Genesis" "Runnin' wild" "Boy, can you get stucco!" Seven against the wall "You ain't heard nothin' yet!" "The final triumph over poverty" "Wall Street lays an egg".
Originally published: New York : Scribner, c2003. Includes bibliographical references (p. -412) and index.