We are currently making improvements to the Audible site. In an effort to enhance the accessibility experience for our customers, we have created a page to more easily navigate the new experience, available at the web address www.audible.com/access.
 >   > 
New World Coming: The 1920s and the Making of Modern America | [Nathan Miller]

New World Coming: The 1920s and the Making of Modern America

Jazz. Bootleggers. Flappers. Talkies. Model T Fords. Lindbergh's history-making flight over the Atlantic. The 1920s was also the decade of the hard-won vote for women, racial injustice, censorship, social conflict, and the birth of organized crime.
Regular Price:$31.47
  • Membership Details:
    • First book free with 30-day trial
    • $14.95/month thereafter for your choice of 1 new book each month
    • Cancel easily anytime
    • Exchange books you don't like
    • All selected books are yours to keep, even if you cancel
  • - or -

Your Likes make Audible better!

'Likes' are shared on Facebook and Audible.com. We use your 'likes' to improve Audible.com for all our listeners.

You can turn off Audible.com sharing from your Account Details page.

OK

Publisher's Summary

Jazz. Bootleggers. Flappers. Talkies. Model T Fords. Lindbergh's history-making flight over the Atlantic. The 1920s was also the decade of the hard-won vote for women, racial injustice, censorship, social conflict, and the birth of organized crime.

Chronicling what he sees as the most significant decade of the past century, the author vividly portrays the 1920s, focusing on the men and women who shaped this extraordinary time, including three of America's most conservative presidents. New World Coming is an incisive, thoroughly readable account of an age that defined America.

©2002 Nathan Miller; (P)2003 Blackstone Audiobooks

What the Critics Say

"Miller quite eloquently illuminates the United States as it existed under presidents Harding, Coolidge, and Hoover....This volume comprises an excellent chronicle of that turbulent, troubled, and tempestuous decade called 'the roaring '20s'." (Publishers Weekly)
"Considering this work's density of data and personalities from Klansmen to jazzmen to evangelists, Miller's structuring is notably skillful. A suave, entertaining survey." (Booklist)
"Miller's asides are gemlike....[a] spellbinding account of growing pains in an often-gullible society." (Kirkus Reviews)

What Members Say

Average Customer Rating

4.0 (44 )
5 star
 (17)
4 star
 (17)
3 star
 (6)
2 star
 (3)
1 star
 (1)
Overall
4.3 (13 )
5 star
 (5)
4 star
 (7)
3 star
 (1)
2 star
 (0)
1 star
 (0)
Story
4.4 (12 )
5 star
 (5)
4 star
 (7)
3 star
 (0)
2 star
 (0)
1 star
 (0)
Performance
Sort by:
  •  
    Charles Stembridge Estacada, OR USA 06-29-04
    Charles Stembridge Estacada, OR USA 06-29-04 Member Since 2003

    Proteus

    HELPFUL VOTES
    51
    ratings
    REVIEWS
    697
    5
    FOLLOWERS
    FOLLOWING
    0
    0
    Overall
    "My High School History Class Never Told"

    I'm only half-way through this book, but I already wish I had to drive much more than I do. This book is a really engrossing study of the '20s, and Mr Lloyd is one of the best readers I have heard yet.

    The author presents all the Good, the Bad, and the Ugly of the 1920s, and there was plenty of each. There is much more to the '20s than Prohibition and Flappers - there were the almost unknown (today)administrations of Warren G. Harding and Calvin Coolidge. Neither president was a 'great', but neither was as bad as usually presented in HS history classes either. There was Henery Ford's dream of an automobile that 'everyone' could afford, and the way his dream totally changed America.

    Much more is in this book than I could list here. I gave this book a '5' rating because of the clarity of writing and the excellent reading talent. Highly recommended to any 'student' of American History.

    8 of 8 people found this review helpful
  •  
    Chris Chicago, IL, United States 04-13-09
    Chris Chicago, IL, United States 04-13-09
    HELPFUL VOTES
    21
    ratings
    REVIEWS
    49
    5
    FOLLOWERS
    FOLLOWING
    0
    0
    Overall
    "Starts great, then tapers off some"

    This book is written by a journalist, and as you hear it, that fact becomes more evident. And as a former journalist, I believe that's both good and bad.

    Miller does a very nice job of telling the story of the 1920s. His research is extensive. He effectively sets the scene by describing the mid- to late-1910s, and his epilogue about the 1932 election is a nice way to end the book. I also loved the short biographical sketches that he wrote about all the key figures, from the politicians and writers to the crime bosses and sports stars. It is a very informative, easy-to-read account of this most fascinating decade.

    The book is very thematic in that Miller spends most of the early part of the book on politics, from Harding to Coolidge. He then hits on one key aspect of the era's social history after another, including prohibition, immigration, religion, sports, art, etc. He later ties it together with the 1928 election and the Stock Market crash. It's impossible to read this book and not learn plenty about the period, unless you were already an expert.

    The downside of Miller's journalist background is that, in writing the book like a massive feature/news story, he failed to include a central argument or theme. He opines a few times that the stereotypes of the 1920s are largely myths, and the title indicates that a case will be made for the decade as the time when the modern world really began to take shape. But I didn't find there to be a main theme. I just found it to be an enjoyable story of an interesting decade. And to be honest, that's OK with me.

    7 of 8 people found this review helpful
  •  
    Shelly M. Felton Gainesville. FL 10-25-05
    Shelly M. Felton Gainesville. FL 10-25-05 Member Since 2005

    shellian731

    HELPFUL VOTES
    139
    ratings
    REVIEWS
    186
    17
    FOLLOWERS
    FOLLOWING
    1
    0
    Overall
    "Fascinating history"

    I loved this book. I started it with only mild curiosity, because I'm on an F. Scott Fitzgerald obsession currently... but wow - this book amazed me by unfolding so many aspects of American history in the 1920's without boring my socks off. The narrator did a very good job. This book makes me want to read more about America between the wars and the vibrant personalities I met in this book. I know I will listen to it again - one time was not enough.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  •  
    Amazon Customer 12-20-04
    HELPFUL VOTES
    109
    ratings
    REVIEWS
    98
    19
    FOLLOWERS
    FOLLOWING
    4
    0
    Overall
    "Could not put it down"

    One of the best pieces of historical writing I've read. The reader was excellent, too. This is a great companion to F. Scott Fitzgerald's novels and a great way to experience the roaring 20s if you were not there.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  •  
    Paul Wynnewood, PA, USA 02-11-05
    Paul Wynnewood, PA, USA 02-11-05
    HELPFUL VOTES
    8
    ratings
    REVIEWS
    4
    4
    FOLLOWERS
    FOLLOWING
    0
    0
    Overall
    "Remarkably Engaging"

    Surprisingly compelling. Disturbingly relevant. A good listen.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  •  
    Matt Rancho Santa Fe, CA, United States 03-26-07
    Matt Rancho Santa Fe, CA, United States 03-26-07 Member Since 2006
    HELPFUL VOTES
    103
    ratings
    REVIEWS
    304
    14
    FOLLOWERS
    FOLLOWING
    1
    0
    Overall
    "The narration kills it for me…"

    I never made it past the first hour…very distracting the way the narrator relies so heavily on the pause switch. It reminds me of a school kid reading aloud in class while not really understanding what is being read.

    0 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Showing: 1-6 of 6 results

    There are no listener reviews for this title yet.

Report Inappropriate Content

If you find this review inappropriate and think it should be removed from our site, let us know. This report will be reviewed by Audible and we will take appropriate action.

Cancel

Thank You

Your report has been received. It will be reviewed by Audible and we will take appropriate action.