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I am reading this book as part of my World War One anniversary project.
Philipp Blom asks the central question that arose for so many everyday people after WWI. “What values were there left to live for?” Blom is thorough in documenting the many attempts to answer the question. He discusses some stories of the day such as the stirrings of fascism by Italian poet D’Annunzio. H.G. Well’s scathing review of Fritz Lang’s film Metropolis. He discusses the various forms of art and the prominent artists of the time period. Blom reviews the activism of America’s eugenics enthusiasts. He also discussed the increase of totalitarian regimes, Dadaism, the lost generation and an excellent section on Jazz and the Blues.
Blom discusses the hopeless and lost feelings of the time and the dread, paranoia and anger that pervaded everything. The book is well written and brings a refreshing clarity to uncertain times of any era including our own. Ralph Lister narrated the book.
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