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Coolidge Audiobook

Coolidge

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Calvin Coolidge, president from 1923 to 1929, never rated highly in polls, and history has remembered the decade in which he served as an extravagant period predating the Great Depression. Now Amity Shlaes provides a fresh look at the 1920s and its elusive president, showing that the mid-1920s was in fact a triumphant period that established our modern way of life: The nation electrified, Americans drove their first cars, and the federal deficit was replaced with a surplus.

Coolidge is an eye-opening biography of the little-known president behind that era of remarkable growth and national optimism. Coolidge's trademark discipline and composure, Shlaes reveals, represented not weakness but strength, and he proved unafraid to take on the divisive issues of this crucial period: reining in public-sector unions, unrelentingly curtailing spending, and rejecting funding for new interest groups. He reduced the federal budget even as the economy grew, wages rose, taxes fell, and unemployment dropped.

In this magisterial biography, Amity Shlaes captures the remarkable story of Calvin Coolidge and the decade of extraordinary prosperity that grew from his leadership.

Download the accompanying reference guide.

©2013 Amity Shlaes (P)2013 HarperCollins Publishers

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    CmH - HB, CA 04-18-13
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    "My new favorite president"

    Great book about a president I knew virtually nothing about.Great story and a solid performance. I gained a great deal of respect and admiration for Coolidge. It's odd that he is not better known.

    3 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    Edward Fairfield, CA, United States 04-12-13
    Edward Fairfield, CA, United States 04-12-13 Member Since 2016
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    "Best Researched Bio I Have Ever Read"
    Would you consider the audio edition of Coolidge to be better than the print version?

    Yes...for reading, it is better than print. However, Ms Shlaes' references are so voluminous at the end of her book that I would want that in print.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Its a toss up between Grace Coolidge, Calvin's wife and Andrew Mellon, who worked so long and so hard with Calvin on reducing the public debt and reducing taxes that perhaps he qualified as Cal's wife as well...lol


    Which character – as performed by Terence Aselford – was your favorite?

    I think his rendition of the dour John Coolidge (the father, not the son) was really well done.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    If I had the time, yes!


    Any additional comments?

    I was astounded as to the amount of material went into the research and development of this book! The end of the book is nearly a half an hour of Mr Aselford reading all of the extensive papers and volumes and people that were researched for this book. Ms. Shlaes is one of the first faculty I have encountered that has her subject coming out of her very pores...she is one hell of a passionate advocate for Coolidge and his principles. Amazing woman.

    4 of 7 people found this review helpful
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    Billie Robertson 07-03-17
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    "One of my favorite presidents!"

    So happy to know the story of this ignored man. Story is well written and documented.

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    Cheryl G. Best 04-16-17 Member Since 2011
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    "What an eye opener!"

    It was an interesting time in our history. It was very enlightening to see how the progressive presidents ( Roosevelt, Hoover, Roosevelt, Carter, Clinton, & Obama) have repeatedly used the same methods to take the Republic in the wrong direction. Thanks to Coolidge and Reagan for saving the country. We need another hero.

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    Chris 02-13-17
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    "Amazing"

    Wonderful narration that brought Coolidge's story alive. He was a wonderful man and a great president. I'm glad to see him getting further recognition from scholars such as the author. Will definitely listen again.

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    Nathan Swanson 02-07-17 Member Since 2016
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    "Great read!"

    A fascinating deep dive into an underrated president. The narrator also captured Coolidge's persona and the tenor of his era.

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    richardjohn 01-18-17
    richardjohn 01-18-17
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    "Wonderful book about an under appreciated President"

    This book is extremely well written by Amity Shlaes. Calvin Coolidge himself would have appreciated her economically, yet comprehensively, covering her subject. She is able to entertainingly tell the Coolidge story. In these days of profligate government spending and runaway political rhetoric, it helps to appreciate Coolidge's respect for the individual's rights, money, liberty and dignity.

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    Garfield. Schumaker 03-10-15
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    "Biased"

    Political hack job .. Saint Coolidge would be a better title .. Right wing author who calls herself a libertarian .. Not objective

    3 of 6 people found this review helpful
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    David Petry Santa Barbara, CA USA 10-26-13
    David Petry Santa Barbara, CA USA 10-26-13
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    "Hidden gem"

    This telling of Coolidge's life, career, presidency, and after is tonic for the times. This was a principled individual who sought to steer in a sensible way, and in small ways. Well-written, well-researched, and well-read. The book flows and feels complete. There were aspects of the era I missed in this book, though, too. Prohibition is hardly mentioned among other large influences and events of the era. But overall, excellent.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Kindle Customer Chatsworth, Georgia, United States 04-12-13
    Kindle Customer Chatsworth, Georgia, United States 04-12-13 Member Since 2017

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    "History Comes Alive - A Great Listen"

    Amity Shlaes captures who Calvin Coolidge was and brings him and his wife to life. This determined man did what no President before or after has ever done - reduce the debt (by almost a third!). The denizens of Washington DC hated him because he did what they said was impossible.

    A good listen and performance; it is worth your time.

    2 of 4 people found this review helpful

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