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- Listening Length: 17 hours and 2 minutes
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- Version: Unabridged
- Publisher: Audible Studios
- Audible.co.uk Release Date: 26 Sept. 2013
- Language: English
- ASIN: B00EAFIX9G
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A lot happened or came to fruition over that four months. Bill Bryson would seem to touch on all of them in some way - amongst others the beginnings of television, talking films, manipulation of the US finanical system, Ponzi schemes, Al Capone, boxing, devastating floods in the Mississippi, Henry Ford's new Model T car. But of total dominance, overshadowing everything that occurred during that period are the trans Atlantic flight of Charles Lindbergh and the magnetic power of Babe Ruth - baseball and planes. You will learn a lot about both, much of which you never really needed or wanted to know, but because it is written about in such an engaging and conversational manner, somehow the facts, and there are many of them, do stay with you.
However this compendium of often quite bizarre, fancy that, overall useless but intensely fascinating informaton is not so much about April to September 1927, but about the years that lead up to the various events that reach their zenith over that particular year. The book more becomes a history, mostly social and economic of America during the 12-13 years since the end of WWI .Read more ›
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.Read more ›
And so it is with "One Summer: America 1927".
The book itself has striking cover art and weighs in at an impressive 560 pages; the prologue and epilogue are separated by five main sections:
1. May: The Kid
2. June: The Babe
3. July: The President
4. August: The Anarchists
5. September: Summer's End
These in turn are then divided into a large number of chapters.
There are also nearly fifty glossy photographs split across two sections; these are great and really helped bring the text to life.
The book is written very much in the style we have come to expect from Bill Bryson, warm and funny whilst providing a constant stream of fascinating information, some of it well known but much of it new to me.
The concept itself of taking just a few months at a pivotal time in America's history is very clever and it really is fascinating to learn just how much was happening at that time; America was gripped with the pioneer spirit and it was quickly realising that it had the wealth and resources to do pretty much anything it wanted, and it did!
At the end of the book there is a section titled "Notes on Sources and Further Reading"; this is a brilliant addition and provides a wealth of recommended reading material to further the experience.
As with Bill Bryson's superb ...Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
This gives an easy read about the history and popular characters in the USA during the 1920s.Published 26 days ago by socrates
I have just been on holiday and couldn't put this down,I loved every page,such an easy read and lots of stuff my Dad used to tell me about,he was born in 1918,so evocative too for... Read morePublished 1 month ago by P.W.Taborn
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I am a big fan of Bill Bryson and this book does not disappoint . If you have never read any of his books this is as good as anywhere to start . Read morePublished 1 month ago by Christopher Robert Hinchliffe
Another great one from Bill Bryson. I've also bought it for my mum and my dad after reading.Published 1 month ago by Amazon Customer
fantastic book, I am not quite sure how Bill Bryson manages to pluck historical events out of obscurity and transform them into such interesting and at times a very funny read .... Read morePublished 1 month ago by Piglet
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