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One Summer: America, 1927

por Bill Bryson

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History. Sociology. Nonfiction. HTML:A Chicago Tribune Noteworthy Book
A GoodReads Reader's Choice

In One Summer Bill Bryson, one of our greatest and most beloved nonfiction writers, transports readers on a journey back to one amazing season in American life.

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The summer of 1927 began with one of the signature events of the twentieth century: on May 21, 1927, Charles Lindbergh became the first man to cross the Atlantic by plane nonstop, and when he landed in Le Bourget airfield near Paris, he ignited an explosion of worldwide rapture and instantly became the most famous person on the planet. Meanwhile, the titanically talented Babe Ruth was beginning his assault on the home run record, which would culminate on September 30 with his sixtieth blast, one of the most resonant and durable records in sports history. In between those dates a Queens housewife named Ruth Snyder and her corset-salesman lover garroted her husband, leading to a murder trial that became a huge tabloid sensation. Alvin ??Shipwreck? Kelly sat atop a flagpole in Newark, New Jersey, for twelve days??a new record. The American South was clobbered by unprecedented rain and by flooding of the Mississippi basin, a great human disaster, the relief efforts for which were guided by the uncannily able and insufferably pompous Herbert Hoover. Calvin Coolidge interrupted an already leisurely presidency for an even more relaxing three-month vacation in the Black Hills of South Dakota. The gangster Al Capone tightened his grip on the illegal booze business through a gaudy and murderous reign of terror and municipal corruption. The first true ??talking picture,? Al Jolson??s The Jazz Singer, was filmed and forever changed the motion picture industry. The four most powerful central bankers on earth met in secret session on a Long Island estate and made a fateful decision that virtually guaranteed a future crash and depression.
     All this and much, much more transpired in that epochal summer of 1927, and Bill Bryson captures its outsized personalities, exciting events, and occasional just plain weirdness with his trademark vividness, eye for telling detail, and delicious humor. In that year America stepped out onto the world stage as the main event, and One Summer transforms it all into narrative nonfiction of… (mais)
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An overview of a summer that seems to have been jam packed with interesting people and significant events. Bryson is an always engaging writer, though he seems a bit curmudgeonly in this book. While one expects criticism of Ford who was sometimes anti-Semitic and Lindbergh , who admired the Nazi party-one would think he would have good things to say about Lou Gehrig-but he refers to him as being "almost without a personality." Luckily-the same cannot be said about this book. ( )
  cspiwak | Mar 6, 2024 |
I listened to this book read by the author & definitely recommend it. It covers early aviation & Charles Lindbergh, Babe Ruth & baseball, Henry Ford (how did someone like him manage to do what he did), Jack Dempsey & boxing, prohibition, Sacco & Vanzetti (were they guilty), Al Capone & more.
  taurus27 | Feb 17, 2024 |
Reading this book took forever!

Overall I really liked this book but boy, sometimes, it felt like being stuck in quicksand. It really was a fascinating summer. Aviation, baseball, mobsters, anarchists, politicians, floods, you name it, it's in there. Oddball history and random facts galore. It makes me want to read biographies of half the people involved (Babe Ruth, Herbert Hoover, Charles Lindbergh and Al Capone to name a few.)

I think they key to enjoyment here is to read this book at the same time as a novel and not to keep it as your primary focus.

If you liked Bryson's other books like "At Home" or "A Brief History of Nearly Everything" you will probably enjoy this one too. It's not as funny as his travel books like "A Walk in the Woods" or "In a Sunburned Country" but it's good as a light history book. ( )
  hmonkeyreads | Jan 25, 2024 |
A lot of stuff happened in 1927! This book was a fun read with lots of interesting tales about Charles Lindbergh, whose grandfather came here from Sweden under “dubious circumstances.”, Babe Ruth and baseball, Calvin Coolidge, Al Capone, Jack Dempsey, Clara Bow and Herbert Hoover just to name a few. Bryson has stories to tell about the beginnings of aviation, baseball and the NY Yankees, prohibition and denatured alcohol, the anarchists who seemed to be setting off bombs everywhere, record setting flooding of the Mississippi, Hollywood and the movie industry and the beginning of TV too. The only thing that could have made it better are more pictures. ( )
  ellink | Jan 22, 2024 |
An interesting romp and loads of fun. Who’d a figured? ( )
  BBrookes | Nov 25, 2023 |
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On a warm spring evening just before Easter 1927, people who lived in tall buildings in New York were given pause when the wooden scaffolding around the tower of the brand new Sherry-Netherland Apartment Hotel caught fire and it became evident that the city's firemen lacked any means to get water to such a height.
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History. Sociology. Nonfiction. HTML:A Chicago Tribune Noteworthy Book
A GoodReads Reader's Choice

In One Summer Bill Bryson, one of our greatest and most beloved nonfiction writers, transports readers on a journey back to one amazing season in American life.


The summer of 1927 began with one of the signature events of the twentieth century: on May 21, 1927, Charles Lindbergh became the first man to cross the Atlantic by plane nonstop, and when he landed in Le Bourget airfield near Paris, he ignited an explosion of worldwide rapture and instantly became the most famous person on the planet. Meanwhile, the titanically talented Babe Ruth was beginning his assault on the home run record, which would culminate on September 30 with his sixtieth blast, one of the most resonant and durable records in sports history. In between those dates a Queens housewife named Ruth Snyder and her corset-salesman lover garroted her husband, leading to a murder trial that became a huge tabloid sensation. Alvin ??Shipwreck? Kelly sat atop a flagpole in Newark, New Jersey, for twelve days??a new record. The American South was clobbered by unprecedented rain and by flooding of the Mississippi basin, a great human disaster, the relief efforts for which were guided by the uncannily able and insufferably pompous Herbert Hoover. Calvin Coolidge interrupted an already leisurely presidency for an even more relaxing three-month vacation in the Black Hills of South Dakota. The gangster Al Capone tightened his grip on the illegal booze business through a gaudy and murderous reign of terror and municipal corruption. The first true ??talking picture,? Al Jolson??s The Jazz Singer, was filmed and forever changed the motion picture industry. The four most powerful central bankers on earth met in secret session on a Long Island estate and made a fateful decision that virtually guaranteed a future crash and depression.
     All this and much, much more transpired in that epochal summer of 1927, and Bill Bryson captures its outsized personalities, exciting events, and occasional just plain weirdness with his trademark vividness, eye for telling detail, and delicious humor. In that year America stepped out onto the world stage as the main event, and One Summer transforms it all into narrative nonfiction of

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