Saturday, January 11, 2014

One Summer: America, 1927

Although we're focused on our new year 2014, how about a visit to another time in the last century? One Summer: America, 1927 is about the grand and varied events that entranced the public and kept them reading the newspapers and tuned into their radios. So what happened that summer?  

Heard of Philo Farnsworth?  That summer he was working on his new invention—the television. Charles Lindbergh was making the first trans-Atlantic flight by piloting the Spirit of St. Louis across the Atlantic Ocean. Immigrants and anarchists Sacco and Vanzetti were executed for murder and gangster Al Capone was tightening his grip on the liquor business. The first sound picture, The Jazz Singer, was being filmed and Babe Ruth was working on a new home run record.  President Calvin Coolidge, known for being less than involved, took a three month vacation to South Dakota, where work on the statues on Mount Rushmore was taking place.

Author Bryson keeps readers on their toes with his engaging style and wonderful ability to capture the era with both its over-the-top and small accomplishments. While highlighting the events and personalities, Bryson also takes a look at the era’s politics, weather, architecture and economics and how the latter would lead to the Great Depression. 

Monrovia Library owns 14 books by Bill Bryson, a very popular and prolific author.  He'll never fail to make you think and smile. Check out his other titles in our

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