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One Summer: America 1927 [Kindle Edition]

Bill Bryson
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"Bill Bryson is a true master of popular narrative. Over the course of his career, he has bestowed a beautiful clarity on even the most recondite of subjects...Has history ever been so enjoyable?" (Craig Brown Mail on Sunday)

"A fascinating snapshot of a season during which America, for better or worse, ushered in the modern world." (Sunday Times)

"A gifted raconteur...The book is filled with eccentric, flamboyant characters and memorable stories...highly amusing." (Guardian)

"A great new form of literature: biography of a few months in one country." (Matt Ridley The Times (Books of the Year))

"Few writers of nonfiction, and,let's be honest,few enough writers of novels, can crack the narrative whip like Bryson. One Summer fairly whirls along...full of exhilarating, fact-filled fun...surely the most sublime distraction published this year." (Observer)

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Let Bill Bryson take you back to a forgotten summer when America came of age and changed the world for ever: and show you why he is our favourite writer of narrative non-fiction.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 4759 KB
  • Print Length: 672 pages
  • Publisher: Transworld Digital (26 Sep 2013)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0552772569
  • ISBN-13: 978-0552772563
  • ASIN: B00D48BT5A
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (380 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #426 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Bill Bryson was born in Des Moines, Iowa, in 1951. Settled in England for many years, he moved to America with his wife and four children for a few years ,but has since returned to live in the UK. His bestselling travel books include The Lost Continent, Notes From a Small Island, A Walk in the Woods and Down Under. His acclaimed work of popular science, A Short History of Nearly Everything, won the Aventis Prize and the Descartes Prize, and was the biggest selling non-fiction book of the decade in the UK.


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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars An excellent education 19 Oct 2013
Format:Kindle Edition
I am a massive fan of Bill Bryson's writing, I have read all of his books and thoroughly enjoyed them, they've made me laugh and I've learned a lot. I was very excited to receive an advance review copy of his latest book, and I set about read it right away. Now it is a massive book, very heavy so it didn't fit in my handbag. In the end I read the book until the audiobook that I had pre-ordered downloaded and then I finished it off in audiobook format. I had the best of both worlds-the audiobook is read by bill Bryson and I could listen to it in the car on my commute, and the hardback is gorgeous with wonderful photographs, a super storable cover and a nice stocky length of book!

I really enjoyed this latest book. Although it wasn't as funny as some of his other writing, I learnt an awful lot about America during this period, a time that I actually learnt about during my history GCSE! The structure of the book was one of the things I enjoyed the most. Everything linked into something else. Lindbergh crossing the ocean had an impact on one thing and president Coolidge deciding not to run for president had an impact on something else, it was well structured and chronological at the same time. Bryson knows when a reader is likely to get fed up of one subject and swiftly moves onto another subject.

Even though this is a history of America and I live in the UK it stil, had an impact on things like television, war, flight, cars and so It was really interesting to learn about the origin and development of many of these things. I found the sections on prohibition and the movie industry really enjoyable and my knowledge of baseball has increased now by at east one thousand percent!
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19 of 20 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Surprisingly stodgy 21 Nov 2013
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Everyone knows what an entertaining writer Bryson is, but if you read this expecting it to be side-splittingly funny I think you will be disappointed. While it is full of interesting nuggets it also sags badly at times. In particular, there is WAY too much about minor aviators who all start to sound the same. In fact, there is a bit too much of everything. Bryson clearly did a huge amount of research and you get the feeling he couldn't bear to leave anything out. So just as you are getting interested in Al Capone he veers off onto another tangent and you lose the thread. That's not to say there isn't some compelling stuff in the book, but overall I didn't think it lived up to his usual high standards of wit and entertainment.
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36 of 39 people found the following review helpful
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Is there any kind of book that couldn't be improved a thousandfold by getting Bill Bryson to write it? Already my favourite-books-list includes 'Mother Tongue' a glorious history of the English language, 'A Short History of Everything,' which wraps up a thousand years of science and 'At Home' which is a cosy history of domesticity. And I've lost count of the number of times I've recommended Bryson's 'Shakespeare'. So that's linguistics, science, and literary biography to add to the canon of travel books that Bryson is best known for, and now here he is with an off the wall volume of American History that packs about half a million little-known facts about the American Summer of 1927 into five hundred pages and somehow ends up creating the most compelling book I've read since ... well probably since the last Bill Bryson book.

Bryson has stumbled upon a magical and pivotal summer in US history, and in his infectious, folksy style he takes us on a romp from May to September introducing a riotous cast of characters that you simply couldn't invent. Take the writer Zane Grey, for example, who earned a third of a million dollars from his books in 1927. Bryson reveals that Grey's hobbies included compiling detailed journals of his sexual exploits, and being photographed in the act. 'Edgar Rice Burroughs,' Bryson tells us, 'had a tamer life than Grey - but then, after all, who didn't?' It is this deliciously conversational style, a compote of statistics and gossip, that makes this book so compulsively readable. The summer is bookended by two events that gripped the consciousness of America - Lindbergh's crossing of the Atlantic, and Babe Ruth's record breaking season with a baseball bat.
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23 of 25 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars One (weird) Summer, America 1927 15 Oct 2013
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This is Bryson at his best; witty, balanced, and immensely well researched. The contrast between the smug self-confidence of the USA and the social upheavals in Europe and in Britain in particular one year after the General Strike, at times make painful reading. In style and content it really deserves five stars, but I found many of the technicalities of baseball heavy going. My fault, of course, but I think a straightforward glossary of the game's terminology would have helped the English reader enjoy the book more.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Return to form for Mr Bryson 5 Nov 2013
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As a long time fan of Bill Bryson who was beginning to think that his great days were past, this was a welcome return to something close to the form of old. A wonderful mixture of straight history and the grotesque. Though not laugh out loud, it was engaging and entertaining. Recommended.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Three Stars
disappointing
Published 1 hour ago by Gerald Howard GHoward
5.0 out of 5 stars Another great Bill Bryson book
A comprehensive review of America and it's politics during the period stated. What I thought would be a good read because everything I have read by this author has always been... Read more
Published 3 hours ago by david broad
3.0 out of 5 stars It was a fairly good read but not one of his best books
It was a fairly good read but not one of his best books. If it was half the length it would have been a better read
Published 4 days ago by Al Dude
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Bryson at his best! Funny, informative and just good fun. I couldn't put it down.
Published 5 days ago by John Mac
5.0 out of 5 stars Sublime
Can honestly say it one of the most enjoyable books I have ever read
Published 5 days ago by F.A. DAVIES
5.0 out of 5 stars Very absorbing and well written
As always with this author, written in a way that makes it difficult to put down. Thoroughly recommended.
Published 5 days ago by Crocodilian
3.0 out of 5 stars I love all Bryson's books but this is not his best
I love all Bryson's books but this is not his best. The idea of doing a 'travel guide' of one summer of one year is a sequel to his travel guides of countries, of science, and of... Read more
Published 6 days ago by ankie hoogvelt
2.0 out of 5 stars Bryson meanders in great detail into side stories about the lesser...
As an ardent reader of the books of Bill Bryson, I always look forward to a new one. This book however, turned out to be nothing less than a letdown. Read more
Published 7 days ago by mercwilly
3.0 out of 5 stars As a Bill Bryson fan I must say this book ...
As a Bill Bryson fan I must say this book was more for our American friends. Lots of information about everything to do with baseball, boxing, and especially pioneering flight. Read more
Published 7 days ago by CEDO
5.0 out of 5 stars America
As ever by Bill Bryson - history brilliantly brought to life.
Published 7 days ago by gm fowkes
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