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
This is a highly readable, fast-moving and fascinating book, filled to the brim with amazing, sometimes mind-boggling, details.
Although a clear and engaging writer, Bryson's reading is often off-putting. He drops final syllables and emphasizes others in what becomes an odd, artificial-sounding and often distracting cadence. The listening experience would have been greatly enhanced by a professional reader.
That said, I highly recommend this book. Its written content far outweighs Bryson's shortcomings as a narrator. One listens in awe and wonder as, chapter by chapter, you hear historical facts that put his chosen era into clear and sometimes dismaying focus. A truly brilliant book.
I everything Bill Bryson writes. he is gripping and impossible to put down. He ties the different event together with masterful clarity.
It was a good book although I got the feeling that many of the stories were pulled from popular media accounts as they seem far fetched or sensationalized. For instance the boxer having 6 teeth knocked out. You can watch the fight on YouTube and read the accounts it does not seem to be the case. Very interesting book if you are a fan of popular American history
This book was a true delight. It's hard to believe that all history happened in one summer. Mr. Bryson writes in a way that is engaging and keeps me hooked! I highly recommend to anyone that enjoys history.
An interesting format, reviewing world events month by month over a series of topics including aviation, baseball, sensational trials, and politics. starting in May 1927, Mr. Bryson gives sufficient background to the individual events and people to flesh out what the world was like in 1927. On a personal note, I enjoyed learning a bit abour what the world was like in the months before the birth of my dad at the end of September 1927.
The author's pronunciation is a bit unclear, which bothered me in the beginning. As I kept listening I got used to it, and found the story highly intriguing.
If you are looking for straight information this is an excellent book. There is a lot of it. I found it hard to keep track of all the different people and events...but I guess that is what makes 1927 fascinating.
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