A few years after the book was published, the Roaring Twenties came to an abrupt end with the Great Crash of 1929. The book looks bleakly at the optimism and spirit of some of those making money at that time before the disaster struck. It may have seemed negative in 1925,but probably less so in 1930. Many thought that those predicting serious troubles or disaster for the economy in 2005 were excessively gloomy. After the crash of 2008, they were seen differently.
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