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  • 1920: The Year of Six Presidents

    • UNABRIDGED (20 hrs and 49 mins)
    • By David Pietrusza
    • Narrated By Paul Boehmer
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (74)
    Performance
    (51)
    Story
    (53)

    The presidential election of 1920 was among history's most dramatic. Six once-and-future presidents--Wilson, Harding, Coolidge, Hoover, and Teddy and Franklin Roosevelt--jockeyed for the White House. With voters choosing between Wilson's League of Nations and Harding's front-porch isolationism, the 1920 election shaped modern America.

    D. Littman says: "A fascinating view into the US at the end of WWI"
    "Superb reading on 6 great leaders"
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    Would you consider the audio edition of 1920 to be better than the print version?

    Have not read the print version. But the audio was pretty good. At times really having to concentrate on the narration. But overall a superb performance.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of 1920?

    The telling of the riots and protests and general unrest in 1919. This even leading to mail bombs sent to judges and other elected officials, including the bombing of the home of the Attorney General of the US, who lived directly accross the street from FDR who was Assistant Sec. of War at the time.


    Which character – as performed by Paul Boehmer – was your favorite?

    Calvin Coolidge, he held more different elected offices then any other president in US history.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    Neither. As a lover of history, it filled in some of the more detailed portions of that era that I was not totally aware of.


    Any additional comments?

    Overall this book is so intriguing and why I think books don't need to be made up to be as thrilling as real history. I enjoyed the details of the campaigns and lives of more then just those 6 men. I think it is interesting to make the comparisons between the protests and unrest of 1918-1919 to what we saw in 2011 with the occupy wall street protests. The unrest of the early 20th centry was much more widespread, but the socialist/anti-capitalist narrative of the two eras was/is pretty much the same.

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