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1920: The Year of Six Presidents | [David Pietrusza]

1920: The Year of Six Presidents

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.
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Publisher's Summary

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. Women won the vote. Republicans outspent Democrats by 4 to 1, as voters witnessed the first extensive newsreel coverage, modern campaign advertising, and results broadcast on radio. America had become an urban nation: Automobiles, mass production, chain stores, and easy credit transformed the economy. 1920 paints a vivid portrait of America, beset by the Red Scare, jailed dissidents, Prohibition, smoke-filled rooms, bomb-throwing terrorists, and the Klan, gingerly crossing modernity's threshold.

©2008 David Pietrusza; (P)2009 Audible, Inc.

What the Critics Say

"Narrator Paul Boehmer involves himself and listeners by employing subtle emotions. One can hear appropriate inflections—sadness, joy, and petulance—in his words. His sentences flow into a comfortable narrative that sometimes includes poetry. Not resorting to any vocal characterization, he distinguishes the quotations with short pauses." (AudioFile)

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    Richard 01-21-13
    Richard 01-21-13 Member Since 2014
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    "What a great Book!"
    Would you listen to 1920 again? Why?

    I would definitely listen again. There are a lot of details here. That may scare some people off, but I thought it made the story that much richer. I loved the snarly quotes that the folks made about each other. Politicians haven't really changed much. The background material about each man was great--stuff I never knew about how they related to each other before they came to prominence.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    I guess my favorite guy of the six was Calvin Coolidge. He was unflappable, and had nothing to hide. He knew what he wanted to do and did it. And he had great quips too!


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

    I haven't listened to Paul Boehmer before, but I enjoyed his narration. I have another book upcoming that he narrates.


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

    It wasn't a particularly moving book, I don't think it was intended so. It was fast paced and full of fascinating people, most of whom were slightly shady, each with an angle and a goal--personal gain. If there was one moment that did make its mark on me was Coolidge's description of how difficult it was for him to meet new people. He described how he always found himself "back at that big kitchen door" not really wanting to push it open to meet new people. I could relate to this. I admire him for accomplishing all he did.


    Any additional comments?

    I very much enjoyed this book. I have also read 1960 by the same author. Also a fine story with similar style and fascinating tidbits!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    wvprobst Glenpool, OK, United States 09-17-12
    wvprobst Glenpool, OK, United States 09-17-12 Member Since 2014
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    "Superb reading on 6 great leaders"
    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.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Michael 07-21-12
    Michael 07-21-12 Member Since 2014
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    "A mixed bag"
    Is there anything you would change about this book?

    I would have liked a tighter focus. It seemed the author reached in some areas to provide background and side stories that detracted from the main theme. Also the reading off of the vote tally in round after round of convention polling was tedious. It may have been less so in the printed book.


    Would you be willing to try another book from David Pietrusza? Why or why not?

    Not sure.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    The first portion of the book, part 1 of the recording, was the strongest. It weakened after that.


    If this book were a movie would you go see it?

    No


    Any additional comments?

    I learned quite a bit about Harding, Wilson and Coolidge, presidents I had little knowledge about. Also I enjoyed reading about that time in U.S. history. I either never learned over forgot about some of the issues, such as the violence and bombings.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Blair Kellner FORT WORTH, TX, US 06-20-12
    Blair Kellner FORT WORTH, TX, US 06-20-12 Member Since 2014
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    "Good and interesting"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    I would recommend the book, but some details were a little tedious.


    What did you like best about this story?

    It showed out the the different presidents' lives crossed and affected each other and the true character of each.


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

    I felt I was listening to a person that was there when the events occurred.


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

    How the US was molded by the different characters that ultimately became its presidents.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Peter 01-10-11
    Peter 01-10-11
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    "Terrible Narrator."

    Ohhhh, just a terrible narrator. makes it very hard to get through the level of detail this book holds. Look elsewhere for information about this time.

    1 of 5 people found this review helpful
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