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

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See our disclaimer. With its heady cocktail of storytelling and big ideas, "Flapper" is a dazzling look at the women who launched the first truly modern decade.

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Flapper is a dazzling look at the women who heralded a radical change in American culture and launched the first truly modern decade. The New Woman of the s puffed cigarettes, snuck gin, hiked her hemlines, danced the Charleston, and necked in roadsters. More important, she earned her own keep, controlled her own destiny, and secured liberties that modern women take for granted. Flapper is an inside look at the s. Whisking us from the Alabama country club where Zelda Sayre first caught the eye of F.

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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 s to exhilarating life. Customer Reviews. See all reviews. Write a review.

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

Customer Service. The book carries critical information, which might not be found anywhere else in one volume concerning the rise of the modern American woman in the s. The compilation ultimately produces a one-stop material highlighting the changing face of feminism in the s and the transition from the conventional Victorian whimsies to the empowered American woman, who could dress the way she wanted, date the person of her choice, spend the night partying and show up at work drunk the following day, and determine her future.

One of the many issues that I learnt from the book is that the winds of the American woman sexual liberation started blowing strongly in the s and it never died as characterized by the rise of Paris Hilton among others. By deciding to give such controversial views, the author invigorates the book and stirs the reader into viewing the entire issue of women rights from another perspective.

However, inasmuch as the book is a masterpiece, it has its weaknesses.

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The first part of the three sections of the book is written with mastery as ideas are arranged systematically. Unfortunately, the second and the last segments are poorly structured with mixed ideas.

In addition, the pictures used in the book are placed haphazardly and they do not necessarily add any information to the pages where they are placed. The author uses facts to back his claims by giving real life examples of the people who pioneered the flapper campaign including Zelda Fitzgerald. The author chooses controversy, which enlivens the book. Buy this book. Zeebra Books. Show other formats. Discover what to read next.

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