Thank you for your interest in "Coolidge." In its way, "Coolidge" is prequel to "The Forgotten Man," for Coolidge was the Forgotten President. Our heroes tend to be military. But Coolidge was that rare thing, an economic hero. His campaign, waged as seriously as a war, was against government. He even had a general for his general, General Herbert Mayhew Lord, who ran his budget office. Together, they achieved something remarkable: they lowered the budget. Indeed, when Coolidge left office, in 1929, the budget was lower that when he came in, after Warren Harding died, in 1923. To lower a budget in peacetime is hard to do.
Thank you for looking at "Coolidge," and thinking about it, and him. I call him the Great Refrainer. Coolidge taught that a president can lead by not doing. Amity Shlaes