This is the story of the end of an era. The last year before America lost its innocence, the year before everything changed. It is told, month by month, with an event that occurred in that month as the theme. And so the year begins with a discussion of politics in January, reflecting Roosevelt’s third inauguration. February it’s the Oscars and popular entertainment. March begins with the opening of the National Gallery of Art, and we learn about art, education and literature. Jump to July and it is sports. August is leisure time and travel. You get the idea. This is a great way to get a feel for what the country was like, what the people were talking about, what their interests were. I enjoyed the book and recommend it for anyone who loves history.
eGalley review Publication date 7.5.16