He makes history interesting. It’s a fine story about a number of things happening in 1927.
My one complaint was the author jumping around too much. I loved what I learned about Charles Lindbergh, but it was told in pieces. Part of the story is told, then other stories are begun, then we return to more about Lindbergh, then to other stories, etc. I’d prefer all the Lindbergh parts together, all the Babe Ruth parts together, etc. - each subject having its own complete chapter.
Other subjects included Jack Dempsey, Henry Ford, Herbert Hoover, President Coolidge, Al Capone, Mississippi flood, disastrous costs of prohibition, and silent pictures to talkies. There were a surprising number of bombs in the U.S. back then. The government never caught most of the attackers. They thought some were done by Italian anarchists living in the U.S.
The author Bill Bryson narrated his book. He was easy to understand and told it well. At times I wondered about his accent - his odd pronunciation of some words. The recording equipment was good. I did not hear his breaths - yay.
Genre: nonfiction, American history.
Bryson is an excellent storyteller, and does a good job of weaving together a variety of anecdotes to evoke the spirit of an interesting era time in American culture. While there isn't anything here that couldn't be gleaned from a survey of Wikipedia, Bryson accomplishes his Objective of recreating a sense of what it was like to live through the American summer of 1927. I found the audiobook entertaining, though not compelling. I think most listeners would enjoy this book.
My previous favorite of Bryson's had been A Walk In The Woods. And like that work he so thoroughly and exhaustively covers this subject that the reader almost feels like they've lived through the summer of 1927. I had no idea the number of hugely impactful, fortuitous, and even just plain crazy events that occurred that year that still impact our world today (and some that, thankfully, don't. ie Prohibition). Incredibly entertaining, awe inspiring and fact-filled, this book is one case where fact is definitely stranger than fiction in almost every case. Bryson handles this incredible wealth of cultural happenings with his same characteristic easy-to-read, humorous style that has made him a life long favorite of mine. Covering topics from aviation to baseball to politics this book really is great for everyone! Enjoy!
Mr. Bryson has selectively written a history of what American men did in 1927. Women make appearances here and there as prostitutes, or they get mentioned by name if they killed their husbands. (Not joking.) I wish he'd just written the history of baseball that he clearly wanted to write and saved the rest of us the trouble.
He's done it again. The trip to 1927 is captivating. Who knew so much had happened that summer/year? Bill Bryson did and he brings it to the listener in his own inimitable voice. Thanks.