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.
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Beyond my dislike of Bryson the narrator, Bryson the author continues to amaze me. One Summer was a really good book. There was a little bit of everything that happened in 1927, but there was quite enough stuff to provide a lifetime of memories for those fortunate enough to have lived through that awesome summer.
I was greatly surprised, and quite disappointed, to find out that Charles Lindbergh had such a positive view of Germany in the 1930's.
His books, yes. His performances, no. I tremendously enjoyed "A Short History of Nearly Everything" and was hoping this would be at least as good, and i wasn't disappointed. I'll definitely give another of his books a more than casual glance.
The backstories, the completeness of everything about 1927 is just crazy. We have learned nothing in the past 100 years and yet so much happened the summer of 1927. Even if you aren't a reader this book is extremely engaging and will be read and re-read again and again.
It's just amazing what happened the year of 1927. It isn't just one thing - but so many things. People, places, events that all took place this year.
It's my first Bill Bryson book - there will be more.
This isn't a movie - this is an extended TV series of the highest quality!
Although this book is very informing on the events that occurred during the summer of 1927 as well as numerous facts, the book had no real plot. For the first two chapters I was awaiting some sort of story line but there was none. If you're looking for a good personal story on the events that occurred during this time in history then DO NOT read this book, for it resembles a history textbook used in an American history class.
I thought I knew a lot about 1927 until I listened to this book. A series of fascinating stories, told in Bryaon's inimitable style. I was laughing one moment, crying the next.
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.
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