"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)
From the Back Cover
In the summer of 1927, America had a booming stock market, a president who worked just four hours a day (and slept much of the rest),a devastating flood of the Mississippi, a sensational murder trial, and unknown aviator named Charles Lindbergh who became the most famous man on earth.
It was the summer that saw the birth of talking pictures, the invention of television, the peak of Al Capone's reign of terror, the horrifying bombing of a school in Michigan, the thrillingly improbable return to greatness of an over-the-hill baseball player named Babe Ruth, and an almost impossible amount more.
In this hugely entertaining book, Bill Bryson spins a story of brawling adventure, reckless optimism and delirious energy. With the trademark brio, wit and authority that has made him Britain's favourite writer of narrative non-fiction, he brings to life a forgotten summer when America came of age, took centre stage, and changed the world for ever.--This text refers to the Paperback edition.