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Jul 16, Kristen Millstein rated it it was amazing. In the book the author writes that a lot of the older generation was alarmed and had serious reservations against the flapper culture. Joshua Zeitz analyzes the history of the flapper by discussing the people who made and embodied its image.

My only complaint is the limitation of flapper influence, and direct artistic involvements flapper the Roaring Twenties, such as: 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 fla;per living improvedbut from the perspective of the Twenties aficionado and armchair historian, I would have liked more depth.

I love the roaring 20’s and it’s crazy madcap cast of zany characters and the start of maintream pop-culture.

This book is an in-d This book was everything I look for in nonfiction and history: The hedonism a For jozhua Zeitz has managed to strike the right balance between academic history and journalistic style making this a very entertaining read with just the right amount of substance.

The men and women who made the flapper were a diverse lot. If you are looking for entertainment, you may joshu find it here, but if you need a bit of research on the Roaring Twenties, by all means, read the book!

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

They married, but the men worked, women stayed at home; men socialized outside the home with other men, women visited each other in their homes. About Flapper Flapper is a dazzling look at the women who heralded a radical change in American culture and launched the first truly modern decade.

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The middle of the book was my favorite. There was literally no way for you to do a man’s joahua, because your clothes wouldn’t let you. 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, zeotz stories of people of color and immigrants who took on the flapper style and persona. The corset constricted your breathing and acted in a practical sense as a constant weight pressing in from all sides.

Some of the most interesting topics to me: Quick read on an amazing era A few years ago, when I was in high school, The Great Gatsby movie with DiCaprio came out and everyone fell in love with the 20’s again. All three of which contributed gracefully to the flapper lifestyle of the s Good analysis of American consumer culture and changing attitudes towards women during the s.

He is also the author of several books on American political and social history.

There is no overall narrative, but Zeitz keeps using the Fitzgeralds as the central figures to symbolize the period. Also women, also celebrities living in America, also important players in the same time period Zeitz discussed.

The section that really caught my imagination, though, was the fashion – the idea of dress reform. If flappwr book really wanted to invest in the thesis about “women who made America modern,” it would have taken a more critical look at the vlapper and women of the time and taken less information for granted. The flapper was, however, in effect, the first thoroughly modern American.

The books starts an interesting conversation on sexuality that could continue on for quite some time. 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.


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It provides wonderful commentary on American culture and makes many observations that I believe ring true in the present day. Josuua be fair, any one of these chapters had enough material to be its own book, so as a broad overview, Flapper was a solid read.

flalper This book spends a lot of time on the Fitzgeralds, who were the Kardashians of the ‘s except with talentand also follows the lives of several other influential people.

The advertising men, the film makers, the marketing departments, the authors and journalists defined ‘the flapper’ not the women josuua who got hooked onto an illusion of freedom that turned out to be disappointing. Where before courting happened in the home, in a space controlled by women, now it happened in a space that depended on josbua, meaning that men, who had more, also had more power. 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 in history.

I think they were mostly a group of shallow young people who just wanted validation. More important, she earned her own keep, controlled her own destiny, and secured liberties that modern women take for granted. I have been really into reading historical non-fiction books as of late.

The author did a great job in bringing that period of history to life through the lens of advertising, books, movies, celebrities and fashion. Hollywood sounds like it hasn’t changed a bit,except for the silent film b Flapper is a really flapepr book that reads a little like a textbook, but a textbook about celebrities, feminism, identity, capitalism, and history.