How roaring were the Roaring Twenties? How lost was the Lost Generation? In this major reinterpretation of one of the most colorful decades in American history, Roderick Nash finds the image of the period to be less than life-size. His book is not only a summary of the high points of American thought from the Great War to the Great Depression but a lively foray into popular culture. His interest in Zane Grey as well as F. Scott Fitzgerald, Henry Ford as well as John Dewey, offers fresh insights into a decade filled with paradoxes. Seeking to find "what captured the enthusiasm of ordinary people," Mr. Nash has written an original and persuasive analysis of a generation that continues to command our attention.
Roderick Nash is Professor of History and Environmental Studies at the University of California, Santa Barbara. His other books include Wilderness and the American Mind, a pioneering book which has become a small classic in American history.
Part 1 1. INTRODUCTION 1 Part 2 2. REPUTATION 5 Chapter 3 Popularizers 5 Chapter 4 Professionals 21 Part 5 INTELLECTUALS: A LOST GENERATION? 33 Chapter 6 War 33 Chapter 7 Man 45 Chapter 8 Democracy 55 Chapter 9 Nation 68 Chapter 10 Nature 77 Chapter 11 Esthetics 90 Chapter 12 Ethics 104 Chapter 13 Existentialism 115 Part 14 4. THE MOOD OF THE PEOPLE 126 Chapter 15 Heroes 126 Chapter 16 Books 137 Chapter 17 Crusades 142 Chapter 18 Faith 147 Part 19 5. HENRY FORD: SYMBOL OF AN AGE 153 Part 20 A Note on the Sources 164 Part 21 Index 169