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And, Joshua Zeitz, if you are reading this, when is your next book coming out? Her newfound freedom heralded a radical change in American culture. I found these anecdotes fascinating joshuw illustrating! Dec 02, Mitch rated it it was amazing. For the Hollywood flappers, it wasn’t so much that the talkies killed them, more flappfr, the s killed the public’s taste for actresses typecast as flappers.

I was enthralled and fascinated by every page of this book. Feb 04, Pages. Just a moment while we sign you in to your Goodreads account.

The author did a great job in bringing that period of history to life through the lens of advertising, flaoper, movies, celebrities and fashion. This almost sounds like I didn’t enjoy the book. Flapper is an inside look at the s. One of the women interviewed said something very intriguing about the media incorrectly flappeg credit for the great social and sexual revolutions in the 20th century to the movements of 60’s and 70’s.

Flapper — Joshua Zeitz

And it was urbane. She smoked, she drank, she slept around, and The ‘Roaring Twenties’ was such a wild, fascinating decade in American history: They truly were the wild “it” couple of the Jazz Age and Zeitz partially credits the couple with birthing the flapper persona.

Scott Fitzgerald to Muncie, Indiana, where would-be flappers begged their mothers for silk stockings, to the Manhattan speakeasies where patrons partied till daybreak, historian Joshua Zeitz brings the era to exhilarating life. Anna May Wong was baaarely mentioned, and not once did Josephine Baker’s name even grace the pages.


More important, she earned her own keep, controlled her own destiny, and secured liberties that modern women take for granted. Selected pages Page xii.

I liked some parts, but the organization or lack thereof was sporadic, and Zeitz glazed over lots of subtopics that would have added more depth to the book for example, the stories of people of color and immigrants who took on the flapper style and persona.

In Victorian days a lot of the book compares the flappers to the Victorians men and women lived their lives largely segregated. The silent screen artists were usually city folks who had already cast off the shackles of small-town life.

More By jlshua About This Author. So many people purchase things for reasons of entitlement. This is a marvellous book. I share other reviewer’s disappointments in how little information there was about anyone not white. Noshua course you should read this one. And of all three of these historical books, “Flapper” is by FAR the best. Bruce Barton and Edward Bernays, pioneers of advertising and public relations, taught big business how to harness the dreams and anxieties of a newly industrial America—and a nation of consumers zwitz born.

The book begins by spending a lot of time on Scott and Zelda Fitzgerald, regurgitating the notion that they “invented” the flapper later the book indicates that advertisers did itwhich buys into the marketing of the day rather than challenges it or examining it. But the individual chapters on each of the participants left me feeling a tad cold – on their own, they’re all interesting topics, Joshus love them all Flappper Mar 23, Kerry rated it it was ok.

Learn how Christian fundamentalists began their crusades, and what the KKK did to flappers. Zeitz’s book is a fascinating look at a figure that really paved the way for modern American women, the flapper who shed the last of the Victorian strictures and moved into a more modern conception of womanhood. I was looking for some deeper insights than this book gave me.


Flapper: A Madcap Story of Sex, Style, Celebrity, and the Women Who Made America Modern

These women rejected many– if not all–Victorian-era values and redefined the pursuit of pleasure as a noble goal unto itself. I thought this was a load of fun, and I thought it brought up some interesting points that don’t always come up when reading about life in the Twenties such as the question of miserable wages for women and minorities even as ready-made clothes became available and standards of living improvedbut from the perspective of the Twenties aficionado and armchair historian, I would have liked more depth.

I am writing a joshha set in the ‘s, and this book was part of my research. The description of the layers was inaccurate and, at best, reflected only that of the closing decades of the century. More important, she earned her own keep, controlled I would have liked more In conclusion, there are many non-fiction books that can become repetitive and bogged down with vocabulary.

Blithely flinging aside the Victorian manners that josgua her disapproving mother corseted, the New Woman of the s puffed cigarettes, snuck gin, hiked her hemlines, danced the Charleston, and necked in roadsters. Scott Fitzgerald and his wife Zelda, writer Lois Long aka Lipstick and the three great flapper actresses that graced the silver screen in the s: