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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It's rigid point of view.
Bryson bolsters his prejudgment about the authorship question with straw dogs and suppositions, but while he has added nothing of value to that scholarship, there is much to enjoy in this book about the period.
In a small, peaceful town on the Equator, the sun always sets at 6, and a good audiobook is always the perfect evening companion.
Someone asked, “Why 1927?” The answer, of course, is, “Why not?” What may seem at first like a random year drawn from a hat is in reality a summer of superlatives, achieved by legends like Charles Lindbergh and Babe Ruth. But there’s also a wealth of surprising insight that’s new to most of us, about Calvin Coolidge, Herbert Hoover, Al Capone, Henry Ford and the greatest flood on the Mississippi in its history—not to mention scores of colorful eccentrics you never knew existed but will not soon forget. When the author reels off the fates of all his characters in the epilogue, you realize you've been following a cast of thousands.
Bill Bryson delivers a deeply researched and endlessly fascinating account as only he can, finding quirks and unearthing indelible meaning in one eventful season between the Great War and the Great Depression. It was a time like no other, and if America could get through it, it just might survive anything.
I had no idea I would learn more about American history through one single summer's perspective than I did in two high school and six college courses! Bill Bryson is the genius who was able to give me that opportunity. And, you'll miss out if you don't listen to him narrate his own words... I can only hope he never stops writing and reading!
There are so many different stories about people and America that you never lose attention. He ties them all together so well, you will want to read all his books. And I have.
Yes. To revisit the characters in this book would be a joy.
Lindburgh. He seemed bigger than life. A man that could not have existed.
Yes, I liked his narration.
It scared the daylights out of me. It seems that not much has changed since 1927, that is what is really scarey.
I loved the book. It was a different read, unique.
If only all my high school teachers had the wit and the clarity of communication that Mr Bryson has, I might have paid more attention. I begin every one of his books in anticipation of learning much and laughing more. This book truly astounded me in the number of significant events that occurred in 1927. I couldn't understand how it was that I knew nothing about the magnitude of public adoration and celebration caused by Lindberg's flight across the Atlantic. Nor did I know about the equally significant achievement by other men which went practically unnoticed because the public just couldn't be bothered to be distracted from the Lindberg craze.
Read this book and become an instant history buff.
Enlightening, engaging, great read
Any other Bryson book
I am a big fan of Bill Bryson, he is the best storyteller in modern times, and can make any topic interesting - From Shakespeare to Australia, and has done it again with this book, highlighting a forgotten era which had some tremendous turning points which affect the way we live and think today. More please!
I am not a history buff, but Bill Bryson can make anything funny and interesting. I was riveted to the story of 1927 and amazed how many of the issues were the same as now, and how horrible certain aspects of our society were at that time (racism, Nazi ideals). The aviation stories were intense and I could not wait to get back to listening. Naturally the best narrator of any book is going to be the guy who wrote it. I will listen to it again.
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