Capital of the World

Capital of the World

A Portrait of New York City in the Roaring Twenties

Book - 2011
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In the same absorbing style that characterized his bestseller Lost Hollywood -here complemented by more than twenty archival photos-David Wallace presents a richly detailed, reader-friendly chronicle of the Prohibition-era personalities and events that made New York City the cultural and financial capital of the world. Sex, sin, song, work, sports, play-all these aspects of New York and more are told through a rich array of anecdotes and "inside" profiles of the individuals that personified them in a defining decade.


The Roaring Twenties swept through other cities, too-including Paris, London, and Berlin. But New York City roared the loudest, and what happened in the Big Apple during that era of social, economic, and cultural prosperity forever altered the way people lived.


As no book has to date, Capital of the World brings alive this giant of a city in this dizzying time-a period that saw Prohibition, the rise of the Mafia, the birth of radio and mass communication, and the beginnings of gossip as a business. This was also an era abuzz with the arts, film, fashion, jazz, and speakeasies. An era in which a burgeoning new media popularized baseball, boxing, and other sports as never before. This was when women achieved the right to vote, and when the automobile revolutionized the lives of millions. And New York City was at the center of it all.


Among the many personality driven themes so richly addressed in Capital of the World :


* Crime in 1920s New York -with a chapter on Mafia boss Lucky Luciano

* Politics: Mayor Jimmy Walker, the city's beloved "Gentleman Jim"

* Architecture: The Chrysler Building

* Literature: F. Scott Fitzgerald

* Sex: Madame Polly Adler

* Drink: Speakeasy owner Texas Guinan

* Jazz: Ella Fitzgerald

* Magazines: Harold Ross at The New Yorker and Henry Luce at  Time

* The Literati and Thinkers: Dorothy Parker and the Algonquin Hotel

* Sports: Babe Ruth, Bill Tilden, and Bobby Jones

* Dance: Martha Graham

* And the list goes on.



Publisher: Guilford, Conn. : Lyons Press, c2011
ISBN: 9780762770106
Branch Call Number: 974.71 Wallace
974.71 Wallace
Characteristics: xiii, 289 p. : ill. ; 24 cm


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