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    Free read Ï PDF, DOC, TXT, eBook or Kindle ePUB free · Bill Bryson (One Summer America 1927) PDF READ æ Bill Bryson Bill Bryson · 2 Characters 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

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    (One Summer America 1927) PDF READ æ Bill Bryson 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 monthsBabe Ruth hit 60 home runs The Federal Reserve made the mistake that precipitated the stock m

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    Free read Ï PDF, DOC, TXT, eBook or Kindle ePUB free · Bill Bryson Bill Bryson · 2 Characters (One Summer America 1927) PDF READ æ Bill Bryson There are some very obvious ualities to look for when choosing a history book Accuracy is one thing You want the facts to be

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    Review One Summer America 1927 (One Summer America 1927) PDF READ æ Bill Bryson Bill Bryson · 2 Characters If you think that you had a busy summer consider 1927Charles Lindbergh crossed the Atlantic and became a national hero Babe Ruth broke

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    (One Summer America 1927) PDF READ æ Bill Bryson Free read Ï PDF, DOC, TXT, eBook or Kindle ePUB free · Bill Bryson 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 can read itThe title of One Summer America 1927 explains pretty clearly what's between the covers And oh boy what a whole heck of a lot happ

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    Bill Bryson · 2 Characters Free read Ï PDF, DOC, TXT, eBook or Kindle ePUB free · Bill Bryson (One Summer America 1927) PDF READ æ Bill Bryson This book covers a lot of subjectsSome of it was interesting and sometimes I found my attention wanderingBryson starts off with the hazards of the early days of aviationThen he tells the story of Charles Lindberghthe flight to Paris that made him a hero and the public's obsession with himon his returnAlsothe later part

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    (One Summer America 1927) PDF READ æ Bill Bryson Bill Bryson · 2 Characters Free read Ï PDF, DOC, TXT, eBook or Kindle ePUB free · Bill Bryson The things change the they stay the sameInsert Snake Plissken gif hereBill Bryson takes a look at almost everything going on in the summer of 19

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    Free read Ï PDF, DOC, TXT, eBook or Kindle ePUB free · Bill Bryson Bill Bryson · 2 Characters Review One Summer America 1927 Only one man could take Charles Lindbergh's 1927 transatlantic flight Babe Ruth's record setting home runs the worst flooding in US History a surprise announcement by President Coolidge the execution of two Italian anarchists the introduction of taking motion pictures television and the electric chair and dozens of other totally unrelated ev

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    (One Summer America 1927) PDF READ æ Bill Bryson It has been a long time since I have read a Bill Bryson book so when I happened upon an opportunity to win an ARC of One Summer America 1927 I jumped at the chance Bryson is nothing if not prolific He cranks them out C SPAN’s Book TV has an eight minute interview with him about his most recent effort I received the ARC o

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    Free read Ï PDF, DOC, TXT, eBook or Kindle ePUB free · Bill Bryson Bill Bryson · 2 Characters Review One Summer America 1927 Bill Bryson’s written another fantastic book though this time it’s not about his ramblings across our planet but a very specific point in history where numerous astonishing and world changing events took plac

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Review One Summer America 1927

One Summer America 1927 Review Ü 2 Free read Ï PDF, DOC, TXT, eBook or Kindle ePUB free · Bill Bryson In 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 lifeThe 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 dat. 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 monthsBabe Ruth hit 60 home runs The Federal Reserve made the mistake that precipitated the stock market crash Al Capone enjoyed his last summer of eminence The Jazz Singer was filmed Television was created Radio came of age Sacco and Vanzetti were executed President Coolidge chose not to run Work began on Mount Rush The Mississippi flooded as it never had before A madman in Michigan blew up a school and killed 44 people in the worst slaughter of children in American history Henry Ford stopped making the Model T and promised to stop insulting Jews And a kid from Minnesota flew across an ocean and captivated the planet in a way it had never been captivated before Whatever else it was it was one hell of a summerI ve always loved history and Bryson does a marvelous job of weaving together different stories and putting events in context For example Prohibition was still going on in 1927 but Bryson goes back to 1920 and explains how it came about Or take the story of Charles Lindbergh Before Bryson covers that first famous flight to France he gives a brief history of aviation and explains how deadly and dangerous it had been Those kinds of details really make the book fly if you ll forgive the punThere are so many interesting stories in this book but here are the Top 5 Things I Learned from One Summer 1 That Henry Ford was an ignorant jackass He was defiantly narrow minded barely educated and at least close to functionally illiterate He did not like bankers doctors liuor tobacco idleness of any sort pasteurized milk Wall Street overweight people war books or reading JP Morgan and Co capital punishment tall buildings college graduates Roman Catholics or Jews2 How ridiculous Prohibition was and that it lasted for 13 years The 1920s was in many ways the most strange and wondrous decade in American history and nothing made it so than Prohibition It was easily the most extreme ill judged costly and ignored experiment in social engineering ever conducted by an otherwise rational nation It made criminals out of honest people and actually led to an increase in the amount of drinking in the country3 That Babe Ruth was a hot mess The most brilliant headstrong undisciplined lovable thrillingly original ornery son of a bitch that ever put on a baseball uniform4 How widespread bigotry was Of all the labels that were applied to the 1920s the Jazz Age the Roaring 20s the Age of Ballyhoo the Era of Wonderful Nonsense one that wasn t used but perhaps should have been was the Age of Loathing There may never have been another time in the nation s history when people disliked other people from directions and for less reason 5 The incredible impact that American films had especially after talking pictures were created Moviegoers around the world suddenly found themselves exposed often for the first time to American voices American vocabulary American cadence and pronunciation and word order Spanish conuistadores Elizabethan courtiers figures from the Bible were suddenly speaking in American voices and not just occasionally but in film after film after film The psychological effect of this particularly on the young can hardly be overstated With American speech came American thoughts American attitudes American humor and sensibilities Peacefully by accident and almost unnoticed America had just taken over the worldI listened to 70 percent of this book on audio CD and then my car CD player broke While I enjoyed finishing up with a printed copy I did miss Bryson s voice If you like audiobooks I highly recommend his narrationsI ve lost track of how many Bill Bryson books I ve read but it s never enough I love his humorous and clever style and I hope he keeps writing for several decades

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One Summer America 1927

One Summer America 1927 Review Ü 2 Free read Ï PDF, DOC, TXT, eBook or Kindle ePUB free · Bill Bryson Es a ueens 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. 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 can read itThe title of One Summer America 1927 explains pretty clearly what s between the covers And oh boy what a whole heck of a lot happened that year Here s some of the highlights Charles Lindbergh s historic flight across the Atlantic The Great Mississippi Flood The worst national disaster in US history at the time affected well over half a million peopleThe advent of televisionFirst real talkie The Jazz Singer Brings about the sudden death of silent filmsPresident Calvin Coolidge Least hard working US President of all timeBabe Ruth broke the current home run recordLindbergh s story and that of flight in general takes up a large portion of this book Babe Ruth and the Yankees also feature prominently The tragic trial of Sacco and Vanzetti is discussed at length But it s not just a book about the historic events of 27 or a relating of the principle players and their doings but rather an all era encompassing work that takes in the broad epic of America s strange exciting dangerous and in the very least interesting happeningsBryson is a great storyteller Here he does an excellent job in putting the reader into the time and place giving you a feel for the general undercurrent of the people the importance of an occurrence and its aftermath But it s not all about 1927 What led up to the big happenings that year are just as important to the greater understanding of the thing and Bryson sets the table admirably He also placates the curious by giving us the epilogue of the major players and events of this time so the reader gets that comforting closureAll in all One Summer is a very satisfying way to endure a history lesson

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One Summer America 1927 Review Ü 2 Free read Ï PDF, DOC, TXT, eBook or Kindle ePUB free · Bill Bryson 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 orde. It has been a long time since I have read a Bill Bryson book so when I happened upon an opportunity to win an ARC of One Summer America 1927 I jumped at the chance Bryson is nothing if not prolific He cranks them out C SPAN s Book TV has an eight minute interview with him about his most recent effort I received the ARC of One Summer just a month before publication I was not able to read the entire 448 page book prior to its publication But I do want to say a few words about it even after publication since Bill Bryson is for me a Blast from the Past with this summer of eighty six years ago Two central events of the book are the Lindbergh flight from NYC to Paris and Babe Ruth s sixty home runs The Prologue covers many of the unsuccessful efforts to fly between Paris and NYC But many events are covered in this three ring circus of a book The action never stops It would be hard to say that many of these tabloid news events warrant so much attention so many decades later However the entertainment value is high If you are a Bryson aficionado you don t want to miss this one Bryson you will not be surprised to hear was not totally fixated on the year 1927 He covers some of the family history of Charles Lindbergh He writes of the lives and presidencies of a snoozing Calvin Coolidge and a self aggrandizing Herbert Hoover Coolidge was actually President in 1927 As the Commerce Secretary Hoover was appointed the head of relief efforts in response to the unprecedented Mississippi River flood of 1927 during which the great river was in flood stage for over 150 daysUS population in 1927 120 millionUS v Sullivan 1927 Supreme Court case that established the legality of the IRS pursuing tax evasion charges against criminals for ill gotten gainsThe Spirit of St Louis took off from Roosevelt Field Long Island NY at 752 am on May 20 1927 and landed in Paris 33 hours and 3600 miles later With Lindbergh temporarily unavailable what America needed was some kind of sublimely pointless distraction and a man named Shipwreck Kelly stood ready to provide it At 11 am on June 7 Kelly clambered to the top of a 50 foot flagpole on the roof of the St Francis Hotel in Newark New Jersey and sat there That was all he did for days on end but people were enchanted and streamed to Newark to watch Bryson detours from Lindbergh for a while to begin to tell us the story of the life of Babe Ruth who was born in 1895 leaving some distance to be covered before we arrive in the signature year of 1927 But even diversions have their own diversions in this homegrown history of many years rolled somehow into one The segues from the Spirit of St Louis to Shipwreck Kelly to The House that Ruth Built to radio coming of age are not always smooth It takes some effort of imagination to appreciate how novel radio was in the 1920s It was the wonder of the age By the time of Lindbergh s flight one third of all the money America spent on furniture was spent on radios Stations sprouted everywhere In a single day in 1922 the number of American radio stations went from 28 to 570And as Babe Ruth is sold by the Boston Red Sox to the New York Yankees we slip nimbly into pages about New York City In 1927 New York has just overtaken London as the world s largest city By 1927 New York had half the nation s skyscrapers The canyon like streets and spiky skyline that we associate with New York is largely a 1920s phenomenon Prohibition in the US lasted thirteen years One of those years was 1927 so Prohibition gets a chapter in the book There is no lack of stories about Prohibition and Bryson tells many of them poisons being added to some forms of alcohol and padlocked establishments having customers enter through the back door are a couple of examples The phrase giving a hand applause to an entertainer was allegedly coined during Prohibition and was probably uttered several times in the summer of 1927 You may think that with four seasons in a year each would have three months You will not be surprised I am sure to learn that for the purposes of his book Bill Bryson extended the summer of 1927 to five months May through September I can only wonder if when asked about this Bryson said So sue me The connections of the book to the summer of the title are not always self evident You just have to go along for the ride The flight of Commander Richard Byrd from New York to Paris weeks after Lindbergh is given some considerable attention although Byrd arrived in Paris by train since the plane was forced to land in the ocean along the coast of France Evidence is given of serious misinformation given by Byrd and his chief pilot Bert Acosta about the trip foremost is the fact that the co pilot Bernt Balchen actually did almost all of the actual piloting as a result of the lack of skill of the pilot Acosta who knew nothing about flying on instruments an integral part of the journey Cramming events of other years into 1927 continued with abandon For Warren G Harding the summer of 1927 was not a good one which was perhaps a little surprising since he had been dead for nearly four years by then Few people have undergone a rapid and comprehensively negative reappraisal than America s twenty ninth President When he died suddenly in San Francisco on August 2 1923 he was widely liked and admired At the time of his death President Harding was on the brink of being exposed as a scoundrel and a fool If you like tabloid journalism and Ripley s Believe It or Not I can almost promise that you will like One Summer Although it is somewhat long it s an easy read that seems determined to amaze and amuse Frippery may be too strong a word but no one should expect too much of conseuence from this book The ARC I read was missing the bibliography and notes from the end additions that may be of value to those who are interested in pursuing the historical aspects of the book But I think you will likely find One Summer entertaining than stimulatingMore weak tangents to 1927 boxing and Fordlandia Fordlandia was a failed Henry Ford development in Brazil in 1928 There were some well known boxing matches in that era but again a summer 1927 connection is a stretch But hey it s just the title of the book so I probably shouldn t be so demanding about the content as long as it is interesting Much of it is interesting without dwelling overlong on many of the topics We are talking blurbs here of a page or two for those with a short attention span History in the form of birdshot The August segment of the book leads off with a twenty page story of Sacco and Vanzetti the Italian anarchists convicted of a payroll robbery and murder that occurred in Massachusetts in 1920 and culminated in their execution in August of 1927 After dipping briefly into the announcement of President Coolidge that he will not to run for re election in 1928 we find ourselves in the story of the carving of Mount Rush in South Dakota Zip zip zip We move uicklySilent films turned to talkies in the 1920s and Clara Bow morphed from the It Girl to the has been because her voice just would not do on screen the vocal euivalent of nails on a blackboard Few difficult uestions are asked in One Summer However one uestion directly related to the book was asked Were Sacco and Vanzetti innocent Bryson euivocates and vacillates He names some who thought they were guilty and boldly states Many people closely involved in the case then and later concluded that Sacco and Vanzetti were certainly guilty of somethingFor himself Bryson says Across such a distance of time it is impossible to say anything with certainty but there are grounds for suspecting that they were not perhaps as innocent as they made themselves outHe did not specifically note the positions of the tabloids that were often evidently a trusted source This is one place I wish I had the final edition complete with notes I am sure Bryson must have been forthcoming there But here again I am probably taking this book too seriously It is not investigative journalism by any means To call it fluff is too cruel for me but I am sure that some would use that appellationIn fairness I should note that serious consideration and topics are not totally absent from One Summer In the section titled Summer s End the Ku Klux Klan and eugenics are examined in some detail The information about the eugenics movement in the 1920s and 1930s is chilling In 1927 a US Supreme Court case Buck v Bell was decided 8 to 1 in favor of eugenic sterilization Altogether at least 60000 people were sterilized because of Laughlin s efforts At its peak in the 1930s some thirty states had sterilization laws though only Virginia and California made wide use of them It is perhaps worth noting that sterilization laws remain on the books in 20 states today But it does not take much imagination to recognize that even these serious topics had a strong tabloid appeal ignoble aspects for the KKK and prurient for eugenics Also toward the end of the book methods of communication make a strong pitch for notice radio nascent television popular authors like Zane Grey and Edgar Rice Burroughs The popular authors outsold the F Scott Fitzgeralds of the time RCA NBC and CBS are early entries in mass communicationsIn writing about writers Bryson makes an attempt to pin his subjects down to the summer of 1927 since this is after all the alleged focus of his book Among serious writers of fiction only Sinclair Lewis enjoyed robust sales in the summer of 1927 Elmer Gantry was far and away the bestselling fiction book of that year The novel sold 100000 copies on its first day of sale and was cruising towards 250000 by the end of the summer Hemingway produced no novel in 1927 He was mostly preoccupied with personal affairs he divorced one wife and wed another Also well received but not runaway commercial successes were The Bridge of San Luis Rey by a new writer named Thornton Wilder and Mosuitoes by another newcomer William FaulknerF Scott Fitzgerald the other American literary giant of the age to us if not to his contemporaries produced no book in 1927 Since I have drifted into culture let it be noted that Bela Lugosi opened on Broadway in the play Dracula in September 1927 He made his entire career from that character We take a brief stroll down Broadway in the neighborhood of but not the block of 1927 And we are told that the heyday of Broadway ended about that time with the advent of the talking pictures The movies took the Broadway audiences actors and writers So says Bill Bryson I have said a couple of times that it would be interesting to see the Notes that appear in the final edition Seems to me that Bryson may have occasionally sacrificed facts for a good story He covers his ass as they say with phrases such as according to one authority and it has been suggested and many other variations on the iffy vernacular You may have noticed I have reverted to some maybe s myself Maybe is just another way of being flexibleIf you are from Chicago or Indiana you may be pleased to hear that these two locations get some special attention from Bryson Actually you may not be pleased since a lot of the attention is on crime and corruption You might not agree that Al Capone was a model citizen Capone has also many times credited with the line You can get a lot farther with a smile and a gun than you can get with just a smile but it appears he probably never said that either The Prologue tells of Lindbergh s life before The Flight and the Epilogue his life after In one short paragraph Bill Bryson lists the events and people of the summer of 1927 that he observed for 450 pages As any good tabloid the Epilogue exposes some uirks and tells how the people died Apart from Lindbergh s airplane in the Air and Space Museum in Washington and Babe Ruth s bat and sixtieth home run ball in the Baseball Hall of Fame in Cooperstown New York almost nothing remains from the summer of 1927 To that short list of objects you might now add this book One Summer America 1927 by Bill Bryson But to fill 450 pages Bryson had to stretch out the summer to much of the year and the era to all the years the people of 1927 lived You shouldn t expect him to do justice to such an extended period He has entertained me as he has done in some of his previous books but he has neither made my spirit soar nor my mind marvel nor my pulse uicken He has written a three star book that entertained without enthralling and that informed without compelling

  • Hardcover
  • 456
  • One Summer America 1927
  • Bill Bryson
  • English
  • 01 October 2018
  • 9780767919401