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.
©2013 Amity Shlaes (P)2013 HarperCollins Publishers
Great book about a president I knew virtually nothing about.Great story and a solid performance. I gained a great deal of respect and admiration for Coolidge. It's odd that he is not better known.
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.
It was an interesting time in our history. It was very enlightening to see how the progressive presidents ( Roosevelt, Hoover, Roosevelt, Carter, Clinton, & Obama) have repeatedly used the same methods to take the Republic in the wrong direction. Thanks to Coolidge and Reagan for saving the country. We need another hero.
Wonderful narration that brought Coolidge's story alive. He was a wonderful man and a great president. I'm glad to see him getting further recognition from scholars such as the author. Will definitely listen again.
This book is extremely well written by Amity Shlaes. Calvin Coolidge himself would have appreciated her economically, yet comprehensively, covering her subject. She is able to entertainingly tell the Coolidge story. In these days of profligate government spending and runaway political rhetoric, it helps to appreciate Coolidge's respect for the individual's rights, money, liberty and dignity.
This telling of Coolidge's life, career, presidency, and after is tonic for the times. This was a principled individual who sought to steer in a sensible way, and in small ways. Well-written, well-researched, and well-read. The book flows and feels complete. There were aspects of the era I missed in this book, though, too. Prohibition is hardly mentioned among other large influences and events of the era. But overall, excellent.
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.
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