One Summer

One Summer

America, 1927

Book - 2013
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"In the summer of 1927, America had a booming stock market, a president who worked just four hours a day (and slept much of the rest of the time), a semi-crazed sculptor with a mad plan to carve four giant heads into an inaccessible mountain called Rushmore, a devastating flood of the Mississippi, a sensational murder trial and a youthful aviator named Charles Lindbergh who started the summer wholly unknown and finished it as the most famous man on earth (so famous that Minnesota consider renaming itself after him). It was the summer that saw the birth of talking pictures, the invention of television, the peak of Al Capone’s reign of terror, the horrifying bombing of a school in Michigan by a madman, the ill-conceived decision that led the Great Depression, the thrillingly improbable return to greatness of a wheezing, over-the-hill baseball player named Babe Ruth and an almost impossible amount more. In this hugely entertaining book, Bill Bryson spins a story of brawling adventure, reckless optimism and delirious energy. With the trademark brio, wit and authority that have made him our favorite writer of narrative non-fiction, he rolls out an unforgettable cast of vivid and eccentric personalities to bring to life a forgotten summer when America came of age, took centre stage and changed the world forever."--Jacket.
Publisher: Toronto : Doubleday Canada, ©2013.
ISBN: 9780385661652
0385661657
Characteristics: 528 pages, 16 pages of plates :,illustrations,24 cm.
Alternative Title: America, nineteen twenty-seven

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Barbara A Johnston
Mar 28, 2017

Another winner by one of my three favorite authors....

Viva, Bryson!!!

AL_LESLEY Nov 23, 2016

Bill Bryson is awesome.

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MeWilliam
Aug 04, 2016

Fun listen. Big on Babe Ruth and Charles Lindbergh.

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lydschar4
Jun 28, 2016

Another terrific book by Bill Bryson. I had no idea so many memorable events and people made history in 1927. Includes Charles Lindbergh, Henry Ford, the dawn of talking movies, carving Mt. Rushmore and the greatest baseball team of all time - the 1927 New York Yankees with Babe Ruth and Lou Gehrig. And many more. Very entertaining and well researched. I also really enjoyed listening to the audio CD version.

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marthabwaters
Apr 20, 2016

This is, for the most part, a witty, amusing read, as most books of Bryson's are -- he has a gift for spotting (and lampooning) the most absurd bits of historical trivia, as those familiar with his travel books know quite well. And this was an interesting topic for a book -- 1927 was, indeed, a rather remarkable summer, given that it included, among many other things, Babe Ruth's home run record, Lindbergh's solo flight across the Atlantic, and the filming of "The Jazz Singer". However, I think the overall feel was a bit too anecdotal. There needed to be a stronger thesis tying all of these events together to really make this book feel like it had something to say other than, "Look at these things that happened one year." You'll enjoy reading it nonetheless -- but you'll come away feeling ever-so-slightly dissatisfied.

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KWALKER101
Mar 14, 2016

Unlike most of Bryson's other books, this is a heavy historical doorstop. It took me ages to get through it; it's well-written and thorough, but not really what I was thinking of when I picked it up. Fault of mine? Maybe a fault on both sides, really, since that doesn't change the fact that although the book is /interesting/, it's still a lot of work to read. I had to set aside two weeks and renew everything else I had out.

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c2daven
Dec 27, 2015

A romp theough only one summer in the history of the U.S., but written in a humorous way that makes me want to know a LOT more about American history. A great read!

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rb3221
Dec 23, 2015

Amazing that one year could have as many historic events as 1927 - Charles Lindberg crosses the Atlantic and becomes an international hero; Al Capone becomes the legend that he is; Jack Dempsey and Gene Tunney have the still controversial fight of the century; Henry Ford becomes rich and famous with his Model T, then completely flops with his Model A, which allows GM to take over as industry leader; the Mount Rushmore carvings begin.
Bryson manages to skillfully weave all these stories and many more in a fascinating and entertaining account of 1927. He does jump around a lot but manages to do so quite skillfully. Overall an enjoyable book!!

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IV27HUjg
Jun 04, 2015

Good, but not my favorite (At Home) with his facts for the unusual. He narrates with his great sense of humor, very dry.

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cuwabig1
Feb 08, 2015

Disappointing - a very selective history, exaggerated in some instances to buttress his point that he believes the summer of 1927 to be singular in its remarkable events. Offers no citations to read more about the points the author makes. Slightly 'snarky' humor about many historical figures.

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