Danjo's Reviews > Only Yesterday: An Informal Hstory of the Nineteen-Twenties

Only Yesterday by Frederick Lewis Allen
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Mar 05, 2008

it was amazing
bookshelves: history

Coming off of Upton Sinclair's Oil!, I was looking for a genuine insight into this fascinating time period that public education decided to skip. Most interesting was the deconstruction of the changing sexual values of the time immediately after WWI, the oscillation of public interest as the burgeoning media industry scrambled to cover whatever was hot at the time.

Overall I found the parallels between then and now to be daunting, and inherently authentic as it was written in the 30's, so there's no way for the author to emphasize points that would stick out as pertinent to the the present. Specifically the impacts radio and the internet has had, and the over-speculation regarding property in Florida, which apparently cycles.

Also it was very easy to read for a History light-weight, and did not appear to have any agenda at all.

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