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One Summer

America, 1927
Bryson, Bill (Book - 2013 )
Average Rating: 4 stars out of 5.
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Bryson examines closely the events and personalities of the summer of 1927 when America's story was one of brawling adventure, reckless optimism and delirious energy.
Authors: Bryson, Bill
Statement of Responsibility: Bill Bryson
Title: One summer
America, 1927
Edition: First edition
Characteristics: 509 pages, 16 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations ; 25 cm
Content Type: text
Media Type: unmediated
Carrier Type: volume
Bibliography: Includes bibliographical references (pages 469-480) and index
Contents: May : the Kid
June : the Babe
July : the President
August : the anarchists
September : summer's end
Summary: Bryson examines closely the events and personalities of the summer of 1927 when America's story was one of brawling adventure, reckless optimism and delirious energy.
Subject Headings: United States History 1919-1933 United States Social conditions 1918-1932 United States Social life and customs 1918-1945 Popular culture United States History 20th century
Topical Term: Popular culture
Alternate Title: America, 1927
LCCN: 2013016041
ISBN: 9780767919401
0767919408
Branch Call Number: 973.91 B
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What I liked best about this book was the way Bryson shows the people we most often think of as heroes as fully human. The reader is shown the failings and faults of people like Charles Lindbergh, Babe Ruth, Herbert Hoover and many others as well as the characteristics which helped them accomplish much more than most of us ever will.

Feb 25, 2014
  • islandgirl55 rated this: 2 stars out of 5.

Something of a disappointment. I have thoroughly enjoyed some of his other books but this one did not speak to me, and was lacking in the humour that I have come to expect from Bill Bryson.

Feb 10, 2014
  • lunatucker rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

Fascinating book...made these people from a summer over 87 years ago come alive and how very interesting they were too. Highly recommended!

Jan 14, 2014
  • GreenDog2006 rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

I highly recommend the audiobook - this fascinating interweaving of multiple very significant events & people is made even better with Bryson's warm, good-humored voice. The same goes for the books of his I've read - my favorites are A Walk in the Woods and Life and Times of the Thunderbolt Kid. He's terrific!

Dec 30, 2013
  • zipread rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

One Summer --- by Bill Bryson. Bryson has written what is indeed an interesting book of history. What makes the book interesting, in addition to the way Bryson tells us about it is two-fold. Fist of all, this is the history of not so long ago. Many will remember these names from TV re-runs or old books in attics. We may remember them, in passing, from some arid History class somewhere in our past. This history of this book has some direct links to the present day: names like RCA or Ford are still of our vernacular today. The other reason this book is so interesting a book of history has to do with how Bryson looks at history. His is a social history, a history of society: not much Politics or international affairs here. The examines looks at the components of what made up the American scene, if you will, during the summer of 1927. The fact that some of subjects were quirky or colourfu,l to say the least, doesn’t hurt the book one iota. There’s Charles Lindbergh, first to singly fly the Atlantic Ocean to Europe who also managed to sire a number of offspring in Germany while there. There was Babe Ruth: the baseball diamond wasn’t the only place he set records for home runs. There was strange experiment known as prohibition and Al Capone who was to neatly benefit from it. The tale goes on: Herbert Hoover and Calvin Coolidge, footnotes to American history. Henry Ford, eccentric to say the least; the convicted anarchists Sacco and Vanzetti; eugenics, and the Klu Klux Clan. In 1927, The United States was a fantastic place but also a scary place. Bryson’s book won’t let you stop till you’ve read all about it, warts and all.Complete with bibliography. You'll have to read fast (not a problem): this book is in demand. Two weeks instead of the usual three weeks was the lending period.And forget about renewals.
This book is an inspiration to check out what else her wrote: the list is long.

Dec 08, 2013
  • hmark33 rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

Wow! I couldn't put it down and then was upset when I finished! While these events were known to me, it was eye opening to see how they all happened in the same time frame. I could feel the excitement of America the summer of '27. I hope that Bryson writes another book like this for a different time in history!

Nov 27, 2013
  • JCLBethanyT rated this: 4.5 stars out of 5.

Like in At Home, Bryson uses a loose premise to explore a variety of topics. This book is better at giving a sense of America in the Roaring Twenties than a comprehensive lesson in it, but Bryson's insights are so keen and so witty that I hardly cared. The audiobook, read by the author, is also magnificent.

Nov 24, 2013
  • wac6 rated this: 2 stars out of 5.

As Bryson flips from one storyline to another, he does try to relate how events are overlapping in America's newspapers; but there is a curious lack of thesis here. Maybe that's okay. Maybe it's enough that 1927 was an eventful year.

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