The Big Money completes John Dos Passos’s three-volume fable of America’s materialistic success and moral decline; it marks the end of one of the most ambitious projects that an American novelist has ever undertaken. The America after the First World War was on the upswing – Industrialism booms, stock market surges, Lindbergh takes his solo flight. Henry Ford makes automobiles. From New York to Hollywood, love affairs to business deals, it is a country taking the turns too fast, speeding toward the crash of 1929.
Ultimately, whether the novels are read together or separately, they paint a sweeping portrait of collective America and showcase the brilliance and bravery of one of its most enduring and admired writers.
Mariner Books, 2000 (1936)