Enter your mobile number or email address below and we'll send you a link to download the free Kindle App. Then you can start reading Kindle books on your smartphone, tablet, or computer - no Kindle device required.
To get the free app, enter your mobile phone number.
Other Sellers on Amazon
+ $3.99 shipping
The Autobiography of Calvin Coolidge Paperback – September 13, 2004
The Amazon Book Review
Author interviews, book reviews, editors picks, and more. Read it now
Frequently bought together
Customers who bought this item also bought
Browse award-winning titles. See more
Top customer reviews
There was a problem filtering reviews right now. Please try again later.
His political career, too, was not marked by any special brilliance, but if his own words are to be believed, he was a hard worker who did what he thought best for his constituents, and they usually agreed. Again, it's interesting to read him lay out the reasoning behind some of his decisions, as well as see that some of the issues he faced aren't really so much different than what our politicians are facing today. It's also interesting in an age when many politicians turn their service into hefty bank accounts that it cost the Coolidges to have him live mainly off his public salary; they lived in a rented house until after he left the presidency. Perhaps most touching for me were the few times when he let his personal life shine through, particularly when he wrote about his love for his father and his wife, and the sorrow caused by the death of their younger son from a blood infection that now could be easily treated with antibiotics.
Today the Coolidge presidency isn't viewed very highly, and many people see him as a lightweight. However, if nothing else, this book does give some interesting perspective to today's issues, and is written in a surprisingly charming way. It's as refreshing as a lemonade on a hot summer day.
Coolidge's autobiography makes for quick and easy reading, and its chapters covering his rise to governor and, ultimately, President are the most engaging of all. We could do far worse than to find modern-day politicians who strive for the same virtues Coolidge readily claimed as his own.
I think the book gave me a nice understanding of how he came to his view world view. One criticism: the book could have been called "Saint Calvin". According to Cal, he was totally honest and kind hearted.
I don't know enough of him to know if that was pretty much the case or not. But, I sort of doubt it.
The book does make me want to read a more extensive biography.
I loved the whole story about growing up in Vermont and later becoming president.
My favorite paragraph, "In ethics he taught us that there is a standard of righteousness, that might does not make right, that the end does not justify the means and that expediency as a working principle is bound to fail. The only hope of perfecting human relationship is in accordance with the law of service under which men are not so solicitous about what they shall get as they are about what they shall give. Yet people are entitled to the rewards of their industry. What they earn is theirs, no matter how small or how great."
I wish more American presidents possessed the honesty and common sense of Coolidge. Every decade would be an economic boom.
John Christmas, author of "Democracy Society"
This book made me remember what is possible for determined, hard-working, humble people in America. Clearly there are profound lessons here for today's politicians and anyone considering public office.
It was surprisingly easy to read and maintained my interest for the entire book. I wish I'd read this years ago!
For the book. Calvin coolidge is the most underrated president in history, in my opinion. I'm pleased to posess a first edition (1929) copy of his autobiography! Haven't read it just yet... Getting in my library was the important part.