1927: A Day-by-Day Chronicle of the Jazz Age's Greatest Year

November 1, 2020
1927: A Day-by-Day Chronicle of the Jazz Age's Greatest Year

The first solo transatlantic flight. The release of the firsttalking picture. The invention of the jukebox. These are just ahandful of milestones that occurred in one momentous year. In adecade of historic firsts, 1927 stands out as the peak year of theRoaring Twenties, a span of time in which dozens of significantevents took place—in America and around the world. The economy wasbooming, the Jazz Age was in full swing, social mores were looserthan ever, and the nation was celebrating new dances, gadgets, andheroes. In sports, records were broken, and several champions indifferent fields thrilled fans with outstanding feats.In 1927: A Day-by-Day Chronicle of the Jazz Age’s Greatest Year,Thomas S. Hischak provides a daily account of this pivotal periodin history. Every major news story—on the national andinternational stage—is accounted for, from popular culturephenomena to minor news items that would prove to be more importantlater. In addition to Charles Lindbergh’s historic flight, the bookrecounts such events as the discovery of the Peking Man, theexecution of Sacco and Vanzetti, the Shanghai Massacre, the GreatMississippi River Flood, and the advent of talking pictures withthe arrival of The Jazz Singer.From the world of entertainment—the debut of the classic musicalShow Boat and the formation of the Academy of Motion Picture Artsand Sciences—to headlines that gripped the country, this bookfocuses on a diverse and complicated year. Scattered throughout thebook are interesting statistics and pieces of information regardinglife during this era. Highlighting the people, inventions,discoveries, and milestones that made these twelve months sospecial, 1927 will appeal to armchair historians everywhere.