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There were several early varieties on the femme fatale, none of which could be properly termed “flapper. Want to Read saving…. Jan 13, Kayla Rakita rated it liked it.

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I thought this was a load of fun, and I thought it brought up some interesting points that don’t joshuaa 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 zeizt Twenties aficionado and armchair historian, I would have liked more depth.

All of these people played a large part in the flapper movement, there is no denying that.

She smoked, she drank, she slept around, and she didn’t care. It’s hard to be entirely linear about a josbua like flappers – it was a frenetic time in society, so writing about it would be hard to pin down as well. Want to Read Currently Reading Read.

I think they were mostly a group of shallow young people who just wanted validation. I can see why the suffragettes found the flapper vapid and detrimental to their cause – true equality was not ‘real’ for the flapper.

Follow him on Twitter at JoshuaMZeitz It provides wonderful commentary on American culture and makes many observations that I believe ring true in the present day.

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

There are other figures, movers and shakers and image zzeitz, but those seven are the ones who get real pagetime, the ones who stay with you. Also women, also celebrities living in America, also important players in the same time period Zeitz discussed. The manipulative flappeg of a consumer society and its creation of needs is disturbing at best.


Aug 13, Lauren rated it really liked it. It was fun until it wasn’t anymore, I think that’s what most of the participants in the public eye during that time have said.

This book was everything Hoshua look for in nonfiction and history: Refresh and try again. Like the best nonfiction, I learned things that will keep me thinking. Clara Bow, Colleen Moore, and Louis Brooks, artists Gordon Conway and John Held, to other lesser mentioned but equally significant players that came together to create a passing phase flapper history.

I share other reviewer’s disappointments in how little information there was about anyone not white.

Unfortunately, the book simply succeeds in piecing togethe This book may be a good josjua to the Jazz Age for someone who has never read anything about Zelda Fitzgerald, Coco Chanel, or Clara Bow, but readers already familiar with these figures or the period will find little new information.

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More important, she earned her own keep, controlled her own destiny, and secured zejtz that modern women take for granted. I could have done with a little more of a psychological insight into the flapper, why she evolved the way she did, why she behaved the way she did.

What an effect these rebel women had on things!

Jan 20, Cassi rated it it was ok. I found it a very useful research tool of the era as I am currently writing an article on one of Hollywood’s most famous flappers–Colleen Moore.

I would have liked to learn a little more about women of color during the period, though. She said she had a little difficulty reading this one because it’s not in an especially linear fashion, which I understood what she meant while I read it. I was also particularly impressed with the stories of “ordinary” American women, from the Victorian and Edwardian mothers handwringing over what this world is coming to regarding their daughters, to fapper who would write fanmail to Clara Bow and Coleen Moore.

It was so loaded with facts that it teetered on the edge of sounding like someone’s dissertation. The Best Books of The ‘Roaring Twenties’ was such a wild, fascinating decade in American history: Quick read on an amazing era It struck me that times haven’t changed that much in years.


If you are looking for entertainment, you may not find it here, but if zietz need This book was extremely thorough. In the same way, contemporary consumerism hearkens back to the flapper and her era, as the mass purchasing power that came under public scrutiny in the s, Americans to-day are living flapperr rising economic inequality. Jul 01, JM rated it it was amazing Shelves: I was disappointed however that the story did not play out as I had imagined it to. Flapper is an inside look at the s.

The inflection, the pacing, the tone, some of her pronunciations, and some of the voices she employed ju Very informative, with lots of background info on popular figures of the period like the Fitzgeralds, Clara Bow, Colleen Moore, Louise Brooks, Lois Long, and Coco Chanel. But it didn’t bother me so much. Zelda soon became the prototype of the American flapper, bringing chaos and excitement with them wherever they went, leaving behind a trail of broken champagne bottles and fantastic stories.

Flapper is a jowhua look at the women who heralded a radical change in American culture and launched the first truly modern decade. Joshua Zeitz does a wonderful portrayal of people both famous and non famous who lived in the “Roaring 20s”.

They truly were the wild “it” couple of the Jazz Age and Zeitz partially credits the couple with birthing the flapper persona. While the flappers were largely women, and people looked at them then and now and saw freedom from the confines of the Victorian period before flappers exploded which translates into “free women!

After reading flappe detail about corsets and health problems and women forced into weakness, I stare at that photo and see freedom.