Audie Award Finalist, History, 2014
One of the most admired nonfiction writers of our time retells the story of one truly fabulous year in the life of his native country - a fascinating and gripping narrative featuring such outsized American heroes as Charles Lindbergh, Babe Ruth, and yes Herbert Hoover, and a gallery of criminals (Al Capone), eccentrics (Shipwreck Kelly), and close-mouthed politicians (Calvin Coolidge). It was the year Americans attempted and accomplished outsized things and came of age in a big, brawling manner. What a country. What a summer. And what a writer to bring it all so vividly alive for us in this certain best-seller.
©2013 Bill Bryson (P)2013 Random House Audio
Bryson is an excellent storyteller, and does a good job of weaving together a variety of anecdotes to evoke the spirit of an interesting era time in American culture. While there isn't anything here that couldn't be gleaned from a survey of Wikipedia, Bryson accomplishes his Objective of recreating a sense of what it was like to live through the American summer of 1927. I found the audiobook entertaining, though not compelling. I think most listeners would enjoy this book.
My previous favorite of Bryson's had been A Walk In The Woods. And like that work he so thoroughly and exhaustively covers this subject that the reader almost feels like they've lived through the summer of 1927. I had no idea the number of hugely impactful, fortuitous, and even just plain crazy events that occurred that year that still impact our world today (and some that, thankfully, don't. ie Prohibition). Incredibly entertaining, awe inspiring and fact-filled, this book is one case where fact is definitely stranger than fiction in almost every case. Bryson handles this incredible wealth of cultural happenings with his same characteristic easy-to-read, humorous style that has made him a life long favorite of mine. Covering topics from aviation to baseball to politics this book really is great for everyone! Enjoy!
Mr. Bryson has selectively written a history of what American men did in 1927. Women make appearances here and there as prostitutes, or they get mentioned by name if they killed their husbands. (Not joking.) I wish he'd just written the history of baseball that he clearly wanted to write and saved the rest of us the trouble.
He's done it again. The trip to 1927 is captivating. Who knew so much had happened that summer/year? Bill Bryson did and he brings it to the listener in his own inimitable voice. Thanks.
Bryson reading his own books is the best! Who knew that the summer of 1927 was so pivotal in American history. The iconic characters of Charles Lindberg and Babe Ruth came to life for me. I saw the beginning of tabloid journalism and the set up for the stock market crash. But the best part of listening to this book is that I was so entertained that I couldn't wait to get back in the car so I could hear more.
I knew of many 1920's events such as the stock market crash, Ruth's home run record, and Lindbergh crossing of the Atlantic; however, I have neither read nor heard of how pivotal these events shaped the following decades of the 20th century. Perhaps, in the words of Paul Harvey, Now you know the rest of the story. I would like to read more about the 20's. This was my first book by Bill Bryson, and it will be my last.
fantastic. I love at home and short history, but something was keeping me from this one...I guess I wasn't interested in 1927 all that much. I was damn wrong.
this book puts into sharp relief what a dramatically different world we are in. amazing and engrossing in every way Bill Bryson makes the world.
I couldn't stop, and like at home I know I will listen to this again in its entirety.
I don't know much about history while my father and husband know quite a bit. All three of us loved this book. I would recommend it to anyone. It's also fun because you can have friends listen to segments and they will enjoy it even if they haven't heard the beginning of it, so it's great for car trips with different people too.
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