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
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.
It was fascinating to my husband and me of the vast number of very famous people and events that shared space during this amazing summer. We were especially impressed with the biographical sketches that he seamlessly wove into the narrative.
It is truly amazing how the overlapping events in a sliver of time could have so affected the rest of the 20th century. After that time, our lves could never be the same. Yet there is a haunting similarity to be found in today's world event s
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