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One Summer: America, 1927

One Summer: America, 1927

  • Title: One Summer: America, 1927
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  • ISBN : 9780767919418
  • Format : Paperback
  • Language : English
  • Page : 509 pages


A Chicago Tribune Noteworthy BookA GoodReads Reader s ChoiceIn One Summer Bill Bryson, one of our greatest and most beloved nonfiction writers, transports readers on a journey back to one amazing season in American life.The summer of 1927 began with one of the signature events of the twentieth century on May 21, 1927, Charles Lindbergh became the first man to cross the At A Chicago Tribune Noteworthy BookA GoodReads Reader s ChoiceIn One Summer Bill Bryson, one of our greatest and most beloved nonfiction writers, transports readers on a journey back to one amazing season in American life.The summer of 1927 began with one of the signature events of the twentieth century on May 21, 1927, Charles Lindbergh became the first man to cross the Atlantic by plane nonstop, and when he landed in Le Bourget airfield near Paris, he ignited an explosion of worldwide rapture and instantly became the most famous person on the planet Meanwhile, the titanically talented Babe Ruth was beginning his assault on the home run record, which would culminate on September 30 with his sixtieth blast, one of the most resonant and durable records in sports history In between those dates a Queens housewife named Ruth Snyder and her corset salesman lover garroted her husband, leading to a murder trial that became a huge tabloid sensation Alvin Shipwreck Kelly sat atop a flagpole in Newark, New Jersey, for twelve days a new record The American South was clobbered by unprecedented rain and by flooding of the Mississippi basin, a great human disaster, the relief efforts for which were guided by the uncannily able and insufferably pompous Herbert Hoover Calvin Coolidge interrupted an already leisurely presidency for an even relaxing three month vacation in the Black Hills of South Dakota The gangster Al Capone tightened his grip on the illegal booze business through a gaudy and murderous reign of terror and municipal corruption The first true talking picture, Al Jolson s The Jazz Singer, was filmed and forever changed the motion picture industry The four most powerful central bankers on earth met in secret session on a Long Island estate and made a fateful decision that virtually guaranteed a future crash and depression All this and much, much transpired in that epochal summer of 1927, and Bill Bryson captures its outsized personalities, exciting events, and occasional just plain weirdness with his trademark vividness, eye for telling detail, and delicious humor In that year America stepped out onto the world stage as the main event, and One Summer transforms it all into narrative nonfiction of the highest order


Author Bill Bryson

William McGuire Bill Bryson, OBE, FRS was born in Des Moines, Iowa, in 1951 He settled in England in 1977, and worked in journalism until he became a full time writer He lived for many years with his English wife and four children in North Yorkshire He and his family then moved to New Hampshire in America for a few years, but they have now returned to live in the UK.In The Lost Continent, Bil




One Summer: America, 1927 Reviews (31)

  • A non fiction work centered around events of one particular year but about the 1920 s in general It s really a collections of mini biographies and vignettes of the major players and events of the 1920 a Fifty photos are included The two main characters threaded throughout the book whose stories prov [..]

  • There are some very obvious qualities to look for when choosing a history book Accuracy is one thing You want the facts to be factual Analysis is another You want there to be some meaning to the facts presented Storytelling, though Storytelling is the thing And it s hard to find So often in my readi [..]

  • This is a fun and interesting look at America in the 1920s, but specifically the summer of 1927 It is remarkable how much happened in a few short months Babe Ruth hit 60 home runs The Federal Reserve made the mistake that precipitated the stock market crash Al Capone enjoyed his last summer of emine [..]

  • If you think that you had a busy summer, consider 1927 Charles Lindbergh crossed the Atlantic and became a national hero Babe Ruth broke his own home run record on a Yankees club that would be remembered as one of the best baseball teams ever assembled The Midwest was devastated by extensive floodin [..]

  • I know I m Johnny come lately on the Bill Bryson bandwagon, but I am fast becoming a full fledged fanclub member Honestly, I d read just about anything that dude wrote In fact, if I can convince him to write my obituary, I m going to throw myself in front of a bus the first chance I get just so I ca [..]

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