One Summer: America, 1927

A non fiction work centered around events of one particular year but about the s in general It s really a collections of mini biographies and vignettes of the major players and events of the

A non-fiction work centered around events of one particular year but about the 1920’s in general. It’s really a collections of mini-biographies and vignettes of the major players and events of the 1920’a. Fifty photos are included. The two main characters threaded throughout the book whose stories provide a framework for the whole are Charles Lindbergh and Babe Ruth. If you read this book, here’s what you’ll get:Stories of early aviation and how the US was way behind Europe in scheduled commercial air travelThe “sash weight murder” and the rise of the tabloids. (For young people, sash weights were heavy iron pipes used in the mechanism of wood windows.) Prohibition, flappers and Al Capone (who really only had a 3-year reign as gangster king)The Bath, Michigan school bombing that killed 44 The first national radio broadcasts and networksNYC became the world’s largest city; the skyscraper boomThe Great Mississippi Flood of 1927The Stock market “buy-now, pay-later” bubble leading up to the 1929 crash despite rapid economic growth, the decline of debt and zero inflationWere the 1927 Yankees the best team ever? – Babe Ruth, Ty Cobb, Lou GehrigHenry Ford, the Models T and A; the rubber boom and his Fordlandia settlement in Brazil; tires only lasted 2000-3000 miles in those daysThe Florida real estate boom and the one-two knock-out hurricanes of 1926 and 1928Sacco and Vanzetti and the bombings before and after their trials Calvin Coolidge’s surprise announcement that he would not run for a second term1927 was the peak year for Broadway shows; Show Boat created the musical as we know itMt. Rushmore; flag pole sitting; the rise of boxing and Jack Dempsey drew bigger crowds than baseball gamesTalkies started; Clara Bow was out due to her heavy Brooklyn accentAn era of bigotry: the resurgence of the KKK especially in Indiana; rumors of the Pope moving the Vatican to Indiana (how’s that for early fake news?); eugenics; national origin legislation that reduced the immigration of people who were not northern EuropeansA golden age of writers: Fitzgerald, Hemingway, Faulkner, Joyce, Woolf, T.S. Eliot, Gertrude Stein, Ezra PoundOf course Bryson gives us a very engaging style; it reminds me of The Devil in the White City: Murder, Magic, and Madness at the Fair that Changed America (or vice-versa). Really worth a read. The best One Summer: America, 1927 Author Bill Bryson go inside Ebook A Chicago Tribune Noteworthy BookA GoodReads Reader s ChoiceIn 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 AtA Chicago Tribune Noteworthy BookA GoodReads Reader s ChoiceIn 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 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 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.From the Hardcover edition.. William McGuire Bill Bryson, OBE, FRS was born in Des Moines, Iowa, in 1951 He settled in England in 1977, and worked in journalism until he became a full time writer He lived for many years with his English wife and four children in North Yorkshire He and his family then moved to New Hampshire in America for a few years, but they have now returned to live in the UK.In The Lost Continent, Bill Bryson s hilarious first travel book, he chronicled a trip in his mother s Chevy around small town America It was followed by Neither Here Nor There, an account of his first trip around Europe Other travel books include the massive bestseller Notes From a Small Island, which won the 2003 World Book Day National Poll to find the book which best represented modern England, followed by A Walk in the Woods in which Stephen Katz, his travel companion from Neither Here Nor There, made a welcome reappearance , Notes From a Big Country and Down Under.Bill Bryson has also written several highly praised books on the English language, including Mother Tongue and Made in America In his last book, he turned his attention to science A Short History of Nearly Everything was lauded with critical acclaim, and became a huge bestseller It was shortlisted for the Samuel Johnson Prize, before going on to win the Aventis Prize for Science Books and the Descartes Science Communication Prize His next book, The Life and Times of the Thunderbolt Kid, is a memoir of growing up in 1950s America, featuring another appearance from his old friend Stephen Katz October 8 sees the publication of A Really Short History of Nearly Everything.. Bestseller Books One Summer: America, 1927 A non-fiction work centered around events of one particular year but about the 1920’s in general. It’s really a collections of mini-biographies and vignettes of the major players and events of the 1920’a. Fifty photos are included. The two main characters threaded throughout the book whose stories provide a framework for the whole are Charles Lindbergh and Babe Ruth. If you read this book, here’s what you’ll get:Stories of early aviation and how the US was way behind Europe in scheduled commercial air travelThe “sash weight murder” and the rise of the tabloids. (For young people, sash weights were heavy iron pipes used in the mechanism of wood windows.) Prohibition, flappers and Al Capone (who really only had a 3-year reign as gangster king)The Bath, Michigan school bombing that killed 44 The first national radio broadcasts and networksNYC became the world’s largest city; the skyscraper boomThe Great Mississippi Flood of 1927The Stock market “buy-now, pay-later” bubble leading up to the 1929 crash despite rapid economic growth, the decline of debt and zero inflationWere the 1927 Yankees the best team ever? – Babe Ruth, Ty Cobb, Lou GehrigHenry Ford, the Models T and A; the rubber boom and his Fordlandia settlement in Brazil; tires only lasted 2000-3000 miles in those daysThe Florida real estate boom and the one-two knock-out hurricanes of 1926 and 1928Sacco and Vanzetti and the bombings before and after their trials Calvin Coolidge’s surprise announcement that he would not run for a second term1927 was the peak year for Broadway shows; Show Boat created the musical as we know itMt. Rushmore; flag pole sitting; the rise of boxing and Jack Dempsey drew bigger crowds than baseball gamesTalkies started; Clara Bow was out due to her heavy Brooklyn accentAn era of bigotry: the resurgence of the KKK especially in Indiana; rumors of the Pope moving the Vatican to Indiana (how’s that for early fake news?); eugenics; national origin legislation that reduced the immigration of people who were not northern EuropeansA golden age of writers: Fitzgerald, Hemingway, Faulkner, Joyce, Woolf, T.S. Eliot, Gertrude Stein, Ezra PoundOf course Bryson gives us a very engaging style; it reminds me of The Devil in the White City: Murder, Magic, and Madness at the Fair that Changed America (or vice-versa). Really worth a read.
One Summer America, Bryson, Bill In One Summer, America , Bill Bryson pauses for a moment to remember just some of the things that happened that summer, by revealing unknown aspects of children of their ages, who are familiar even to Japanese. One Summer America, From , the free encyclopedia One Summer America, is a history book by Bill Bryson The book is a history of the summer of in the United States It was published in October by Doubleday. One Summer America, eBook Bryson, Bill In One Summer, America , Bill Bryson pauses for a moment to remember just some of the things that happened that summer, by revealing unknown aspects of children of their ages, who are familiar even to Japanese He painstakingly digs up news, goods, and works, to which ordinary people were unanimously mad about at that time. One Summer America, by Bill Bryson Aug , One Summer America, is a social history of the United States in the year , organized around the famous personalities of the day and their accomp It was a little like Beatlemania, only with one guy and no music. One Summer America, by Bill Bryson, Paperback Jun , The summer of began with one of the signature events of the twentieth century on May , , 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.

  1. William McGuire Bill Bryson, OBE, FRS was born in Des Moines, Iowa, in 1951 He settled in England in 1977, and worked in journalism until he became a full time writer He lived for many years with his English wife and four children in North Yorkshire He and his family then moved to New Hampshire in America for a few years, but they have now returned to live in the UK.In The Lost Continent, Bill Bryson s hilarious first travel book, he chronicled a trip in his mother s Chevy around small town America It was followed by Neither Here Nor There, an account of his first trip around Europe Other travel books include the massive bestseller Notes From a Small Island, which won the 2003 World Book Day National Poll to find the book which best represented modern England, followed by A Walk in the Woods in which Stephen Katz, his travel companion from Neither Here Nor There, made a welcome reappearance , Notes From a Big Country and Down Under.Bill Bryson has also written several highly praised books on the English language, including Mother Tongue and Made in America In his last book, he turned his attention to science A Short History of Nearly Everything was lauded with critical acclaim, and became a huge bestseller It was shortlisted for the Samuel Johnson Prize, before going on to win the Aventis Prize for Science Books and the Descartes Science Communication Prize His next book, The Life and Times of the Thunderbolt Kid, is a memoir of growing up in 1950s America, featuring another appearance from his old friend Stephen Katz October 8 sees the publication of A Really Short History of Nearly Everything.

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  1. A non fiction work centered around events of one particular year but about the 1920 s in general It s really a collections of mini biographies and vignettes of the major players and events of the 1920 a Fifty photos are included The two main characters threaded throughout the book whose stories provide a framework for the whole are Charles Lindbergh and Babe Ruth If you read this book, here s what you ll get Stories of early aviation and how the US was way behind Europe in scheduled commercial a [...]


  2. This is a fun and interesting look at America in the 1920s, but specifically the summer of 1927 It is remarkable how much happened in a few short months Babe Ruth hit 60 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 was filmed Television was created Radio came of age Sacco and Vanzetti were executed President Coolidge chose not to run Work began on Mount Rush The Mississippi flooded as it neve [...]


  3. If you think that you had a busy summer, consider 1927 Charles Lindbergh crossed the Atlantic and became a national hero Babe Ruth broke his own home run record on a Yankees club that would be remembered as one of the best baseball teams ever assembled The Midwest was devastated by extensive flooding and the Secretary of Commerce Hebert Hoover was in charge of recovery efforts A routine murder trial in New York became a media sensation for reasons no one can explain Sacco and Vanzetti were execu [...]


  4. There are some very obvious qualities to look for when choosing a history book Accuracy is one thing You want the facts to be factual Analysis is another You want there to be some meaning to the facts presented Storytelling, though Storytelling is the thing And it s hard to find So often in my reading, I ve found that narrative takes a backseat to academic qualities such as primary source sifting It s a shame, because I think storytelling is the paramount quality of a good history book Yes, fact [...]


  5. I know I m Johnny come lately on the Bill Bryson bandwagon, but I am fast becoming a full fledged fanclub member Honestly, I d read just about anything that dude wrote In fact, if I can convince him to write my obituary, I m going to throw myself in front of a bus the first chance I get just so I can read it The title of One Summer America, 1927 explains pretty clearly what s between the covers And oh boy, what a whole heck of a lot happened that year Here s some of the highlights Charles Lindbe [...]


  6. The things change, the they stay the same Insert Snake Plissken gif here Bill Bryson takes a look at almost everything going on in the summer of 1927 Think Sacco and Vanzetti, Charles Lindbergh, Babe Ruth, Al Capone, the invention of TV and talkies, Coolidge, Hoover, and Henry Ford.What struck me most about this book is that the things going on in 1927 aren t that much different than the things going on today.In the autumn of 1927 Hoover s opponents, of whom there were many, began floating the [...]


  7. Only one man could take Charles Lindbergh s 1927 transatlantic flight, Babe Ruth s record setting home runs, the worst flooding in US History, a surprise announcement by President Coolidge, the execution of two Italian anarchists, the introduction of taking motion pictures, television and the electric chair and dozens of other totally unrelated events that happened during the Summer of 1927 and connect the dots Of course, I m talking about Des Moines own, Bill Bryson.Several years ago I picked u [...]


  8. It has been a long time since I have read a Bill Bryson book so when I happened upon an opportunity to win an ARC of One Summer America, 1927, I jumped at the chance Bryson is nothing if not prolific He cranks them out C SPAN s Book TV has an eight minute interview with him about his most recent effort youtube watch v AEx_GCSince I received the ARC of One Summer just a month before publication, I was not able to read the entire 448 page book prior to its publication But I do want to say a few wo [...]


  9. A five star review from an avowed fiction reader for a non fiction book is pretty rare But this book kept me just as enthralled as a great novel What a summer 1927 was and what a storyteller Bill Bryson is From the fascinating little known facts about Charles Lindbergh s flight and all the disastrous attempts before him that I had to read aloud to my husband saying, Did you know this to the gossipy stories about Babe Ruth, Calvin Coolidge and some really stupid murderers, I couldn t put this boo [...]


  10. When I picked this up, I had no idea that it would be so interestingWe travel forwards and backwards in history but all events converged to a significant moment during 1927 Unlike A Short History of Nearly Everything or At Home A Short History of Private Life where Bill Bryson looks into the full picture behind centuries of research, we have an account in extreme detail about regarding a single year We have Charles Lindbergh crossing the Atlantic a person whose fame started in 1927 and who s fam [...]


  11. I have very mixed feelings about this book I gave it 3 stars because I did like the wealth of information in the book But I felt like that information was presented in a very disjointed way Going month by month was OK, but I felt like the titles on the sections were misleading I was expecting a whole section to be about the section heading not so And all the little aside stories thrown in were interesting, even if not familiar, but also seemed to just pop up anywhere in the book Maybe I just exp [...]


  12. In his first major book published in 1989, Bill Bryson took a roadtrip around the United States in his mother s aged car His account of 1980s America was honest, biting, and pee your pants funny Yet looking back on that early book from the vantage of Bryson s recent works, one is surprised to remember just how cynical Bill Bryson used to be The 1989 book on America was titled The Lost Continent Now, in 2013, Bryson seems to have finally found the United States in his newest labor, One Summer Am [...]


  13. Content 5 starsAudio Book 1 starThis is a fun, entertaining book by a great author Bill Bryson has put together a set of intermingled stories about the big stories during the summer of 1927 These stories include Charles Lindbergh, his solo flight across the Atlantic and the aftermath, Al Capone and his brief career as the top mobster in Chicago, the story of prohibition, the flooding of the Mississippi River, the Yankees and their home run hitters Babe Ruth and Lou Gehrig, the trials of Sacco an [...]


  14. OK,this is the 5th Bill Bryson s book I translated to Serbian the previous ones being A Short History of Almost Everything, Made In America, At Home and Down Under and I am delighted again Once there was a series of thin volumes called Bluff Your Way or Bluffer s Guide to covering a wide range of themes with sparse facts and humorous approach well, Bryson uses the similar formula in his non travelogue titles like this one, but with ambition, research and definitely humor That s why his narrat [...]


  15. A definite return to form for Bryson after the disappointing At Home A Short History of Private Life.Who would have thought that there was so much happening in one country in one year Written with Bryson s than usual trademark wit and with his skill of telling otherwise forgotten, obscure or neglected stories in an entertaining, informative and engaging way.As usual he conveys these stories connected of less by the year 1927 with his usual his wide eyed delivery sharing his fascination with th [...]


  16. One Summer America, 1927is clearly not a walk in the woods but a lazy stroll down memory lane You may not know everyone who has a role in these pages but you re bound to be familiar with at least a few Lindbergh, Hoover, Coolidge, Sacco and Vanzetti, Babe Ruth, and Sikorsky Bryson gives us a tease on some and detail on others Unfortunately he jumps all over the place in these histories even though all his characters have something to do with that one summer It s a a bit confusing and makes for [...]


  17. Well it only took me TEN months but I am telling you all that this was the book of the year for me It took me a few days I kept picking it up and putting it down but once I got into it total immersion from start to finish Originally I was questionable as to why the author picked 1927 as a type of narrative structure, but as I began reading it it became clearer to me I was wondering why he didn t go further back into the decade The author uses the events of one faraway summer to expand on the way [...]


  18. 1927 has to be one of the most fascinating years in American history Americans were rich and hungered for celebrities The first celebrity status was thrown on to an unwillingly participant Charles Lindbergh His flight across the Atlantic made him the most famous man in the world Wherever he would fly huge crowds would await to see him In fact, his appearance at the National Mall in Washington D.C attracted the largest crowd to ever gather there.Also, Babe Ruth changed Baseball by producing home [...]


  19. Is there any kind of book that couldn t be improved a thousandfold by getting Bill Bryson to write it Already my favourite books list includes Mother Tongue a glorious history of the English language, A Short History of Everything, which wraps up a thousand years of science and At Home which is a cosy history of domesticity And I ve lost count of the number of times I ve recommended Bryson s Shakespeare So that s linguistics, science, and literary biography to add to the canon of travel books th [...]


  20. With the summer of 1927 being one of America s most historic, celebrated non fiction writer Bill Bryson took a long, hard look at everything that went down that year in his acclaimed 2013 release, One Summer America, 1927 Events covered include Charles Lindbergh becoming the first man to cross the Atlantic Ocean alone in an airplane without stopping for refueling or for navigational purposes The sensationalization of crime and the rise of the tabloid Babe Ruth breaking his own record for home ru [...]


  21. Could be the dullest accumulation of facts ever put into 456 pages Bryson may have other successes but he was greatly in need of an editor with real guts on this one.


  22. I have always been a fan of Mr Bryson He writes with a friendly, witty style that I really like I also admire him for what he has done for my country England , in terms of protecting its rural landscapes and history.It is not easy for me to criticize a Bill Bryson book, but with One Summer America 1927 , I have not got past the prologue before sadly putting the book down The reason, Mr Bryson has made two statements I think are misleading when there is no reason to do so.Page 17, Paragraph 2, se [...]


  23. Fascinating Who Knew Talk about a diversely encompassing, uncanny, and sometimes wildly surreal look back at 1920s America primary focus,summer of 1927 this is it From Charles Lindbergh to Al Capone, Prohibition to Eugenics, politics to philanderers, murder to mayhem, jazz to speakeasies, plus the Mississippi flood, the Great Migration, loony fads and crazy competitions, show boats and musicals, Hollywood, Talkies , pulp fiction authors this tome covers a good bit of all One Summer America, 1927 [...]


  24. What could possibly go wrong Bryson chooses 1927 as the nexus of a decade unimpeded by such a simple question As the 38 story Sherry Netherland apartment building was being completed, it never occurred to the builders that fire hoses of the time had a range of a mere 4 stories Of course the building caught fire Fortunately, renters had not yet moved in New Yorkers were always up for some lively entertainment, and the Plaza Hotel across the street was quickly filled with well heeled spectators at [...]


  25. Much as I enjoy Bill Bryson s travel and autobiographical writing, I like his histories A Short History of Nearly Everything and this even better This is just marvelously funny, appalling, startling, and fascinating Who would have thought that one summer could encompass so much Actually, of course, Bryson doesn t limit his story to America in the summer of 1927 He moves forward and backward in time, to fully tell about events, and he takes readers with his characters to South America, France, E [...]


  26. Not surprisingly, One Summer America, 1927 is a history of the various activities that were taking place around the US during the summer of that year Key events, people and topics that Bryson covers in some detail include Charles Lindbergh s flight across the Atlantic and aviation in general , the scandalous murder trial of Judith Snyder and Judd Gray, prohibition, Herbert Hoover, Babe Ruth, Al Capone, the transition from silent to talking film and Henry Ford I enjoy Bryson s writing quite a bit [...]


  27. The title is a bit of a misnomer, as One Summer is much expansive than its title suggests The book is a social and cultural history of America during the 1920s, which reads something like a modern version of the classic Only Yesterday by Frederick Allen Lewis The book does not present any new research or conclusions, but it is nonetheless an enjoyable read, as Bryson is a gifted storyteller with a special talent for illuminating the most interesting and entertaining details of every historical [...]


  28. Bill Bryson is a writer who could make anything fascinating and he really shines in this book I had no idea the summer of 1927 was so noteworthy, but it turns out a bunch of remarkable people were involved in a lot of impressive and or notorious activities, including Al Capone, Babe Ruth, Henry Ford, Charles Lindbergh, Herbert Hoover, and a host of others some of whom I d never heard of Due to personal preferences parts of the book interested me than others, but Bryson s skill as a storyteller [...]


  29. Millions of words have been spent singing Bill Bryson s praises, so please allow me to add to them His latest work of brilliant, comedic non fiction, One Summer America, 1927, ranks among his greatest works It s hard to think of a insightful, hilarious author working today.Bryson s thesis is simple America in the summer of 1927 may not have realized it, but it was taking its first steps as a world leader in economics, in the arts, in sports, and in technology Some of these developments were go [...]


  30. I loved this book It combines two of my favorite things weird facts and American history and it made me laugh out loud several times I have to go back through my notes in order to write up a proper review, as the book looks like this right now


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