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An un­for­get­table cul­tural his­tory book that reads like no other. Told in Bill Bryson’s giddy nar­ra­tive, the roar­ing 20s come to life in this month by month romp through the sum­mer of 1927. Re­live the time of Al Capone, Charles Lind­berg, Babe Ruth, WoodrowWil­son, and so many more. From box­ing and mu­sic to crime sprees and hol­ly­wood pop-cul­ture, this whirl­wind tale will make you wish you were alive in one of our coun­try’s most ex­cit­ing decades. Those well-versed in his­tory will learn some of the gritty and em­bar­rass­ing de­tails that school text­books left out. If you want an in­tro­duc­tion to the 1920s, start with this en­ter­tain­ingly fas­ci­nat­ing book. (his­tory) great-grand­fa­ther, a Bri­tish Zion­ist who vis­ited the Holy Land in 1897. The au­thor ex­am­ines his­tor­i­cal events in ac­cu­rate and ob­jec­tive de­tail with each chap­ter sum­ma­riz­ing a dif­fer­ent decade in Is­raeli his­tory. Shavit’s fi­nal call to ac­tion is for the young gen­er­a­tion to as­sume a na­tional iden­tity of peace and pro­gres­sive­ness, while skirt­ing an ever-thin­ner line be­tween re­li­gious ortho­dox rule and true western democ­racy. A must-read for any­body with any in­ter­est in Is­rael world pol­i­tics, and re­li­gious af­fairs. Some have called this the best un­bi­ased book about the state of Is­rael to come out in decades. (Mid­dle East his­tory)

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