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One Summer: America, 1927 - Bill Bryson
One Summer: America, 1927
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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 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... show more
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 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 more 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 more 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.
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Format: hardcover
ISBN: 9780767919401 (0767919408)
Publisher: Doubleday
Pages no: 509
Edition language: English
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Lindsay's Book Log
Lindsay's Book Log rated it
3.5 One Summer
This book was really interesting, I had no idea all of these things happened in one summer and how huge and impact a lot these events had. In covering the events of 1927, Bryson discusses events before and after 1927 that have a relevant impact on the story giving us a more complete view of the indi...
Lydia's Page
Lydia's Page rated it
4.0
Bill Bryson always does a great job of weaving little oddities into larger, often rambling tales. I really liked these interesting glimpses into such a fascinating few months of American history... and it's a good reminder that every time and place is rich with stories, if only we look for them.
Kaethe
Kaethe rated it
5.0 One Summer: America, 1927 - Bill Bryson
There was a review, a long one. A really, really good one, that would tell you exactly what you want to know about the book, but nothing more. Apparently I failed to save that review. My apologies to you and to Mr Bryson, who really deserved that review.The sixteen-year-old and I read this simultane...
The Nearly Reader
The Nearly Reader rated it
4.0 One Summer: America 1927 by Bill Bryson
From Goodreads: 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 i...
Listening to the Silence
Listening to the Silence rated it
2.0 One Summer: America, 1927
With a focus of the events of the summer of 1927, Bryson provides the reader with an introduction to the historical events that shaped the 1920s. All the major players are here; Babe Ruth, Lou Gehrig, Charles Lindbergh, Henry Ford, Sacco and Vanzetti, Al Capone, Calvin Coolidge, and Herbert Hoover....
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