- Audible Audio Edition
- Listening Length: 17 hours and 3 minutes
- Program Type: Audiobook
- Version: Unabridged
- Publisher: Random House Audio
- Audible.com Release Date: October 1, 2013
- Whispersync for Voice: Ready
- Language: English
- ASIN: B00EF9PJU8
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History has blurred and made mythological our idols and heroes. Bryson demystifies and sheds light on times past that reflect so much of today. So much is common for today... Hoover, for example, was so intent on self-aggrandizement, he made certain newspapers got press releases of any of his activities. If anyone wrote anything uncomplimentary, he'd retaliate with long winded criticisms.
The book is well written, as any Bryson book is, and it left me feeling I was now an insider to our history and, now, cannot be surprised at the antics of our leaders.
The main character is Charles Lindbergh and during the reading. I kept asking what's the big deal. Bryson explains beautifully how Lindbergh feat was incredible and be use of his tours around the nation, it accerated the emergence of aviation and America started to take the lead in aviation. The summer of 1927 was an amazing time because of some giants in the world, beginning with Babe Ruth(being a baseball fan this resonated with me) The 1927 Yankees possibly the best baseball team ever. It talks about the foolishness of prohibition and how one man spearheaded it. The start of talkies and the impact of radio -especially interesting was the invention of television. There is so much rich information that any review will not do it justice.
I especially love the unknown trivia that came out, Babe Ruth alleged rumors that he slept with Lou Gerigh's wife and the Lindbergh having several wives. I loved it!
"One Summer: America 1927" is another great addition to the Bryson pantheon of wonderful books and to my library. Bryson's ability to weave together several apparently disparate threads into a cohesive, interesting narrative is a real gift. From Charles Lindbergh and the Spirit of St. Louis and others flyers making history, to Babe Ruth and the Yankees and their season for the ages, to Calvin Coolidge and Herbert Hoover and the politics of the day, to Prohibition and its effect nationally and on Chicago with its mayor Big Bill Thompson and the rise and precipitous fall of Al Capone, to the trial and eventual demises of Sacco and Vanzetti, to the invention and growth of "talkies" and television and the death of silent films and much more, Bryson is the master puppeteer, dangling the various stories to delight of the reader.
Bill Bryson is a master. I always look forward to his next book, and "One Summer: America 1927" is no exception. Scarcely does a page go by that some captivating fact is not revealed. I thoroughly enjoyed this book and would recommend it highly. The book covers so much territory that you are bound to find something interesting to you. Treat yourself.
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Repetitious in many parts. Skipped a lot. A great many people mentioned that are meaningless to the story.
But what a busy decade!Read more