Yes...for reading, it is better than print. However, Ms Shlaes' references are so voluminous at the end of her book that I would want that in print.
Its a toss up between Grace Coolidge, Calvin's wife and Andrew Mellon, who worked so long and so hard with Calvin on reducing the public debt and reducing taxes that perhaps he qualified as Cal's wife as well...lol
I think his rendition of the dour John Coolidge (the father, not the son) was really well done.
If I had the time, yes!
I was astounded as to the amount of material went into the research and development of this book! The end of the book is nearly a half an hour of Mr Aselford reading all of the extensive papers and volumes and people that were researched for this book. Ms. Shlaes is one of the first faculty I have encountered that has her subject coming out of her very pores...she is one hell of a passionate advocate for Coolidge and his principles. Amazing woman.
How to write a biography about one of America's least loquacious and bland Presidents? That was the task facing Shlaes who does an admirable job on one of the 20th centuries' more overlooked leaders. Silent Cal spoke little, spent less, and nevertheless ably lead during one of America's more prosperous decades. Should make for compelling reading but this bio is mostly a recapitulation of what is already largely known about the man with few insider details about CC and what made him tick. Nevertheless I found it interesting, more because of how such a man - talented though he may have been - was clearly a product of his time and could never be elected today. Though Shlaes doesn't draw these comparisons, this book really does speak volumes about what type of man America once made President and what type of person it now takes to endure seemingly endless campaigns, 24 hour news cycles, a cynical electorate and bland but electable policy positions by candidates. CC may be the last if his kind. Too bad Shlaes didn't focus more attention and details on this.
Amity Shlaes captures who Calvin Coolidge was and brings him and his wife to life. This determined man did what no President before or after has ever done - reduce the debt (by almost a third!). The denizens of Washington DC hated him because he did what they said was impossible.
A good listen and performance; it is worth your time.
Yes, I would. The narrator and story are very good, and the book are not
The death of Harding, and the reactions of the country and of Coolidges'
family are moving.
The true meaning of each and every sentence. His inflexion is very important
to the story.
This may be one of those books where the author did her best, but no matter, the subject person was just plain dull. The introduction, which was very well done, may be the best part of this book. Perhaps the author should have stopped there.
There may be more to Coolidge than meets the eye. After all, he did have a very successful career and he did become President. He was also disciplined, smart, a family man, and savvy.
But Coolidge was so introspective--so much so--that he apparently did not leave much of a paper trail that would allow a researcher to get and give many details explaining what made this guy tick. It is hard to blame the author who apparently had to scour all available resources. The result is a plain vanilla biography, with little color.
Everyone or anyone interested in history or the U.S. presidents, this is a must read, Mrs. Shlaes does a wonderful job with the life of Calvin Coolidge, one of the best bio's I've read, and I've read a ton.
Yes, a man of character and resilience, very admirable and respectable. Book is well written with enough background to allow understanding of his acts and his motivations. Enough primary data to get a personal feel of this our 30th president. Ms Shales delivers an account of Coolidge that is fast paced, informative, and timely. We need someone like Calvin today after 8 years of a divisive presidency.
The death of his son, the quip by Cabot Lodge regarding voting for s man who lives in a rented duplex. Coolidge admitting to not buying a new coat in 12 months or shoes in 24 months as governor of Massachusetts. This book puts in context many of the event in the 1910 to 1920's. After reading TR by Morris, this is a good Segway into understanding this era. Andrew Mellon is another book to read about this pre FDR era.
Good reader, the story is compelling enough by itself.
I don't watch TV and it's not the kind of book for a movie.
a must read on Coolidge
Why was Coolidge's sleeping 11 Hours a day after his son's death not mentioned? Some historians said that he was not an engaged President after that tragedy.