Bryson has the uncanny ability to make the mundane fascinating and to weave it with the lives of the famous in an intricate tapestry of history that reads like a novel. The structure begins and ends with aviation and draws the reader into what was truly one most remarkable summer. Don't be deceived. though. because the background and context cover much of the early twentieth century.
I loved this book, especially the way the author weaves the story around two major figures, Charles Lindberg and Babe Ruth. As readers we are given an amazing picture of the history of much more than the summer of 1927: the unfolding of politics, aviation, sports (baseball, boxing), and every arena of life in the 1920's and beyond. Bravo Bill Bryson.
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Bill Bryson's writing and delivery of this historical account of the summer of 1927 is flawless. is deadpan delivery had me giggling and fascinated from Sedona to Nashville and back from my last tour of 2016. Some of the plotlines could have been ripped from recent events. Biased judges, politicians who can't handle facts and the public content to feed on BS and drama..
As a history teacher who loved Bryson's "A Shirt History of Nearly Everything," I was expecting more of the same interesting material and presentation. I got that for the first few hours of listening, but then I got so sick of hearing about Lindbergh and his adoring crowds so many times as the book went on, interspersed with some other tidbits of history of those times, that with four hours left, I deleted the book. Probably would have been better to have bought the actual book, so I could skip ahead.
Bryson comes off detached and a little Peter Lorresque. That said, the content is thorough, well told and frighteningly relevant to the current cultural climate of America.
Bill Bryson paints a portrait of America in 1927 by weaving threads from many aspects of American life between the two world wars -- Prohibition, aviation, crime and punishment, the rise of tabloid media, baseball, radio, movies, etc. It's a complicated picture, but very well executed. I picked this book thinking it might be mildly interesting because I have enjoyed other books by Bryson, but it was so much better that I had expected.
Have read Bryson's book about the Appalachian Trail. He is a snob and rude about some of the places and people he wrote about. The contents of this book redeemed my interest in reading but not so much listening.
This was a history book. No real favorites.
Absolutely anyone else. He almost ruined listening to the book.
Although "history is a pack of lies we play upon the dead", Bryson's slice of time was interesting and well worth reading another period. Please do let him narrate.
I am a huge fan of Bill Bryson's writing and thoroughly enjoyed listening to this book! His way of making connections between events and people makes the book come alive. If you are a Bryson fan already, add it to your book list. If you are not yet a Bryson fan, get the book and become one.