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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.

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©2013 Amity Shlaes (P)2013 HarperCollins Publishers

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    Jeff Casurella Marietta, GA 09-26-16
    Jeff Casurella Marietta, GA 09-26-16 Member Since 2003
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    "Just OK"

    This may be one of those books where the author did her best, but no matter, the subject person was just plain dull. The introduction, which was very well done, may be the best part of this book. Perhaps the author should have stopped there.

    There may be more to Coolidge than meets the eye. After all, he did have a very successful career and he did become President. He was also disciplined, smart, a family man, and savvy.

    But Coolidge was so introspective--so much so--that he apparently did not leave much of a paper trail that would allow a researcher to get and give many details explaining what made this guy tick. It is hard to blame the author who apparently had to scour all available resources. The result is a plain vanilla biography, with little color.

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    Devoted Fan 08-31-17
    Devoted Fan 08-31-17
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    "Coolidge the President we need today "

    I New very little about President Coolidge . I can now see why he was a favorite of Ronald Reagan and why we need to remember him today. The book was well done and well researched. I would recommend it to anyone who wants to learn about our presidents and how controlling spending is a good thing for us and the government.

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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
    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
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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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    RANDALL 01-02-17
    RANDALL 01-02-17
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    "Interesting, not fascinating..."

    Coolidge is clearly a model president for this author, but he is not as interesting a character as those who preceded him, Wilson and Roosevelt for example, nor those who followed him - Hoover and another Roosevelt. Coolidge mainly tended to the budget and reduced the debt, but sometimes that's the best thing a government can do.

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    LEG3NDGARY 12-13-16
    LEG3NDGARY 12-13-16 Member Since 2016
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    "Silent Cal made a lot of noise."

    Never knew that Coolidge did so much during his Presidency. Very economic conscious programs. great

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    robert hudson, NY, United States 04-27-16
    robert hudson, NY, United States 04-27-16 Member Since 2015
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    "Excellent !"

    Everyone or anyone interested in history or the U.S. presidents, this is a must read, Mrs. Shlaes does a wonderful job with the life of Calvin Coolidge, one of the best bio's I've read, and I've read a ton.

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