A shaggy book about a shaggy period But for all that not a bad bookI know I can be a bit of an asshole about book s structural issues it s just what I see And structurally this book is a bit of a mess in fact it s a bit of a mess in some of the same ways that Richard Lingeman s Noir Forties was a bit of a mess And that book s infelicities bothered me while this one
"S Just Don TReid N "just on tReid n NYC in that jittery space from the end of WWII and the beginnings of the cold war NYC in the mid and late forties became the world cultural capital by A Black Woman's Civil War Memoirs: Reminiscences of My Life in Camp With the 33rd U.S. Colored Troops, Late 1st South Carolina Volunteers default the US being lessamaged by the cataclysmic second world war "Became The Last Man Standing It Covers The Politics The "the last man standing It covers the politics the the media and the art scene of what was probably NYC s most fertile and pre eminent half ecade It also highlights the fact that although New York is not America a huge chunk of Americana is churned out by the city that never sleeps Nice book about cultural icons and. A brilliant sweeping
And Unparalleled Look At Theunparalleled look at the rich culture and turbulent politics of New York City between the years 1945 and 1950 The Brazen Age opens with Franklin Delano Roosevelt’s campaign tour through the city’s boroughs in 1944 He would see little of what made New York the capital of modernity though the aristocratic FDR was its paradoxical avatar a city boasting an unprecedented and uniue synthesis of genius ambition and the avant garde While concentrating on those five years David Reid also reaches back to the turn of the twentieth century to explore the city’s progressive politics radical artistic experimentation and burgeoning bohemia From 1900 to 1929 New York City was a ynamic metropolis on the rise and it uickly became a cultural nexus of new architecture; the home of a thriving movie business; the glittering center of theater and radio; Y well Children of the Sun done This is a very odd book As I understood it one is meant to learn about how the New York cultural scene between the end of the Second World War and the start of the Korean War represented some kind of falseawn for highbrow American culture one of those turning points of history where history failed to TURN INSTEAD IT WAS AS IF THERE WERE TWO Instead it was as if there were two that had been edited together to make one The first was turned into the central portion of this book a history of America s Bohemia mostly Greenwich Village prior to 1945 The second was turned into bookends around this first book and escribes Harry Truman s "Administration Up To The Outbreak Of The "up to the outbreak of the War including his surprise re election in 1948 The book has its moments but oes not seem to live up to its title unless one is to read the subtitles why two as a list very good survey of intellectual and cultural movements in NYC This book can best be Living with Lynching: African American Lynching Plays, Performance, and Citizenship, 1890-1930 described as mildly amusing. Aïs Nin Also present are the pioneering photographers who captured the city in black and white Berenice Abbott’sizzying aerial views Samuel Gottscho’s photographs of the waterfront and the city’s architectural splendor and Weegee’s masterful noir lowlife But the political tone would be set by the next president and Reid looks closely at Thomas Dewey Henry Wallace and Harry Truman James Forrestal secretary of the navy under Roosevelt would be influential in establishing a new position in the cabinet before ascending to it himself as secretary of efense under Truman but not before helping to usher in the Cold War With The Brazen Age David Reid has magnificently captured a complex and powerful moment in the history of New York City in the mid twentieth century a period of time that would ensure its place on the world stage for many generations From the Hardcover editi. A monumental cultural age for the city "The Brazen is a well written history but history of what I have no idea As "Brazen Age is a written history but history of what I have no idea As reviewers pointed out it s all over the place it s sort of a history of post WWII New York but there is a lot of early 20th century New York here too along with some material in the Korean War Very odd David Reid obviously id his research and had a lot of information compiled for this book However it felt isjointed After reading practically the whole first section I still wasn t uite clear about practically the whole first section I still wasn t uite clear about time period this book was really covered The prologue seemed to say it was the 1950s but the book really spanned the whole first half of the 20th century It could have easily split into three books Reid tried to cover so much that he really couldn t go into etail at times and would just abandon people almost as soon as he mentioned him The subject matter is interested but I just on t think this book was particularl. Nd a hub of book magazine and newspaper publishing In the 1930s the rise of Hitler and World War II would send some of Europe’s most talented men and women to America’s shores vastly enriching the fields of science architecture film and arts and letters the list includes Albert Einstein Erwin Panofsky Walter Gropius George Grosz André Kertész Robert Capa Thomas Mann Hannah Arendt Vladimir Nabokov and John Lukacs Reid raws a portrait of the frenzied creative energy of a bohemian Greenwich Village from the taverns to the salons Revolutionaries socialists and intelligentsia in the 1910s were rawn to the highly provocative monthly magazine The Masses which attracted the era’s greatest talent from John Reed to Sherwood Anderson Djuna Barnes John Sloan and Stuart Davis And summoned up is a chorus of witnesses to the ever changing landscape of bohemia from Malcolm Cowley to An. .