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Coolidge Audiobook

Coolidge

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Calvin Coolidge, president from 1923 to 1929, never rated highly in polls, and history has remembered the decade in which he served as an extravagant period predating the Great Depression. Now Amity Shlaes provides a fresh look at the 1920s and its elusive president, showing that the mid-1920s was in fact a triumphant period that established our modern way of life: The nation electrified, Americans drove their first cars, and the federal deficit was replaced with a surplus.

Coolidge is an eye-opening biography of the little-known president behind that era of remarkable growth and national optimism. Coolidge's trademark discipline and composure, Shlaes reveals, represented not weakness but strength, and he proved unafraid to take on the divisive issues of this crucial period: reining in public-sector unions, unrelentingly curtailing spending, and rejecting funding for new interest groups. He reduced the federal budget even as the economy grew, wages rose, taxes fell, and unemployment dropped.

In this magisterial biography, Amity Shlaes captures the remarkable story of Calvin Coolidge and the decade of extraordinary prosperity that grew from his leadership.

Download the accompanying reference guide.

©2013 Amity Shlaes (P)2013 HarperCollins Publishers

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    Edward Fairfield, CA, United States 04-12-13
    Edward Fairfield, CA, United States 04-12-13 Member Since 2016
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    "Best Researched Bio I Have Ever Read"
    Would you consider the audio edition of Coolidge to be better than the print version?

    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.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    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


    Which character – as performed by Terence Aselford – was your favorite?

    I think his rendition of the dour John Coolidge (the father, not the son) was really well done.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    If I had the time, yes!


    Any additional comments?

    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.

    4 of 6 people found this review helpful
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    Scott Scarborough, ON, Canada 05-14-14
    Scott Scarborough, ON, Canada 05-14-14 Member Since 2013
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    "A bio as spare as its subject"
    Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

    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.


    Have you listened to any of Terence Aselford’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    Good narration.


    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Amazon Customer Chatsworth, Georgia, United States 04-12-13
    Amazon Customer Chatsworth, Georgia, United States 04-12-13 Member Since 2013

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    "History Comes Alive - A Great Listen"

    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.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Ronald SCOTTSDALE, ARIZONA, United States 03-21-13
    Ronald SCOTTSDALE, ARIZONA, United States 03-21-13 Member Since 2016
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    Would you listen to Coolidge again? Why?

    Yes, I would. The narrator and story are very good, and the book are not
    too long.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Coolidge?

    The death of Harding, and the reactions of the country and of Coolidges'
    family are moving.


    What does Terence Aselford bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    The true meaning of each and every sentence. His inflexion is very important
    to the story.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    No


    Any additional comments?

    No

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    robert hudson, NY, United States 04-27-16
    robert hudson, NY, United States 04-27-16 Member Since 2015
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    "Excellent !"

    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.

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    Milkman 12-14-15
    Milkman 12-14-15

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    "Superb account of the forgotten president"
    Would you listen to Coolidge again? Why?

    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.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Coolidge?

    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.


    What does Terence Aselford bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    Good reader, the story is compelling enough by itself.


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

    I don't watch TV and it's not the kind of book for a movie.


    Any additional comments?

    a must read on Coolidge

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    Keith 12-13-15
    Keith 12-13-15 Member Since 2015
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    "Overall it was great, but one detail was missing."

    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.

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    Garfield. Schumaker 03-10-15
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    "Biased"

    Political hack job .. Saint Coolidge would be a better title .. Right wing author who calls herself a libertarian .. Not objective

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    Jeremy L Vick 02-17-15 Member Since 2014
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    "Good book"

    Book was good, but a little hard to follow at times. The narrator was terrible and made it hard to listen to at times,

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    NewJerseyThomas 04-14-13 Member Since 2008
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    Has anyone else noticed that in Chapter 6 with an Hour and 50 minutes left in the chapter, that there is a reference to the "Cameras of Fox News" rolling? Was this a joke played by the Narrator?

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful

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