One Summer: America, 1927 by Bill Bryson

one summerIn his latest book, Bryson describes an eventful summer.  He summarizes it in these words:  “Babe Ruth hit sixty home runs.  The Federal Reserve made the mistake that precipitated the stock market crash.  Al Capone enjoyed his last summer of eminence.  The Jazz Singer [the first popular talking movie] was filmed.  Television was created.  Radio came of age.  Sacco and Vanzetti were executed.  President Coolidge chose not to run [for another term].  Work began on Mount Rushmore.  The Mississippi flooded as it never had before….Henry Ford stopped making the Model T…And a kid from Minnesota [Charles Lindbergh] flew across an ocean and captivated the planet in a way it had never been captivated before.”

If none of these long-ago events intrigue you, I still recommend that you take a look at this book.  Bryson knows a good story when he sees it – and he found a lot of them while doing his extensive research!  I found the entire book fascinating, especially enjoyed his tales about colorful characters, and laughed out loud a number of times.

I’ve enjoyed a number of Bryson’s other books and particularly recommend In a Sunburned Country, a travel book about Australia.

(Helen Snow, retired from Information Services)

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