Dancing in the Dark: A Cultural History of the Great Depression

Unabridged Audiobook

Written By: Morris Dickstein

Narrated By: Malcolm Hillgartner

Publisher: Blackstone Audiobooks

Date: September 2010

Duration: 23 hours 33 minutes


Hailed as one of the best books of 2009 by the New York Times and the Los Angeles Times, this vibrant portrait of 1930s culture masterfully explores the anxiety and hope, the despair and surprising optimism of distressed Americans during the Great Depression.

Morris Dickstein, whom Norman Mailer called "one of our best and most distinguished critics of American literature," has brought together a staggering range of material, from epic Dust Bowl migrations to zany screwball comedies, elegant dance musicals, wildly popular swing bands, and streamlined art deco designs. Exploding the myth that Depression culture was merely escapist, Dickstein concentrates on the dynamic energy of the arts and the resulting lift they gave to the nation's morale. A fresh and exhilarating analysis of one of America's most remarkable artistic periods, with Dancing in the Dark Dickstein delivers a monumental critique.

"Dancing in the Dark is a fine, high-minded survey of the decade's cultural history."—New York Times Book Review


  • Christopher Zott

    Too much like a textbook. Felt like I was in a college lecture class where 30% was important and needed to be written down for an exam. 70% was irrelevant and unimportant. It was mainly a disappointment.