.... was 1929- and this is a lively epitaph to the high hopes which ended in ""failure and the smell of fear"", ranging over the many spheres of activity in this bumper year and not just its financial fluctuations which Galbraith recently recorded in The Great Crash (Houghton, Mifflin). 1929 ""happened to a lot of people in a lot of different ways""- bootleggers and gunmen, show people and writers, politicians and industrialists. And along with the free spending, hell raising spirit of the times, there are the many aspects of national life- politics, morals, entertainment, publishing, labor, farming, sports, business in all its ""bigness"" and the Street- while famous figures vitalize and personalize the past- Texas Guinan and Herbert Hoover, Scott Fitzgerald and Woollcott, John Lewis and Babe Ruth, etc. etc..... Fabulous indeed, bibulous too, heady and headed for disaster- this was the tenor of a time for reckoning- and reassessment here. Animated.