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.
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.” Download and start listening now!