Supreme City

How Jazz Age Manhattan Gave Birth to Modern America
CD - unabridged
Audio (24 discs)
Product Number: C03271
Released: May 29, 2014
Business Term: Purchase
ISBN: #9781490623139
Narrator/s: Jim Frangione
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While F. Scott Fitzgerald wrote, Manhattan was transformed by jazz, night clubs, radio, skyscrapers, movies, and the ferocious energy of the 1920s, as this illuminating cultural history brilliantly demonstrates. In four words-- "the capital of everything"-- Duke Ellington captured Manhattan during one of the most exciting and celebrated eras in our history: the Jazz Age. Radio, tabloid newspapers, and movies with sound appeared. The silver screen took over Times Square as Broadway became America's movie mecca. Tremendous new skyscrapers were built in Midtown in one of the greatest building booms in history. Supreme City is the story of Manhattan' s growth and transformation in the 1920s and the brilliant people behind it. Nearly all of the makers of modern Manhattan came from elsewhere: Walter Chrysler from the Kansas prairie; entertainment entrepreneur Florenz Ziegfeld from Chicago. William Paley, founder of the CBS radio network, was from Philadelphia, while his rival David Sarnoff, founder of NBC, was a Russian immigrant. Cosmetics queen Elizabeth Arden was Canadian and her rival, Helena Rubenstein, Polish. All of them had in common vaulting ambition and a desire to fulfill their dreams in New York. As mass communication emerged, the city moved from downtown to midtown through a series of engineering triumphs-- Grand Central Terminal and the new and newly chic Park Avenue it created, the Holland Tunnel, and the modern skyscraper. In less than ten years Manhattan became the social, cultural, and commercial hub of the country. The 1920s was the Age of Jazz and the Age of Ambition. Original in concept, deeply researched, and utterly fascinating, Supreme City transports readers to that time and to the city which outsiders embraced, in E.B. White' s words, "with the intense excitement of first love."

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Author(s): Donald L. Miller
Genre: History

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Author(s): Donald L. Miller
Narrator(s): Jim Frangione
Genre: History
Product Number Z08500
Released: May 06, 2014
Business Term: Purchase
ISBN: #9781490623146
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Author(s): Donald L. Miller
Narrator(s): Jim Frangione
Genre: History
Product Number MP1369
Released: Jun 02, 2014
Business Term: Purchase
ISBN: #9781490626192
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Author(s): Donald L. Miller
Genre: History
Product Number EB00561600
Released: Sep 11, 2014
Business Term: 1 Year
Publisher: Simon & Schuster
ISBN: #9781476745640

Professional reviews

"This audiobook history of 1920s New York City is an in-depth look at the men, women, and events that changed the sprawling city forever in a period of time called The Jazz Age. The ambitious project is almost 30 hours long and is meticulously researched. Jim FrangioneÕs performance is masterful, but thereÕs so much history to take in that oneÕs attention wavers. Perhaps the production is best heard piecemeal. Frangione is at his best in the sections detailing the lives of New York movers and shakers like Mayor Jimmy Walker, speakeasy owner Texas Guinan, bootlegger Frank Costello, and radio pioneers like William Paley. But it's also the story of the Holland Tunnel, the subway system, Times Square, and all the things that made Manhattan, Manhattan. M.S. © AudioFile 2014, Portland, Maine"

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