Title: One Summer: America 1927
Author: Bill Bryson
Publisher: Doubleday, 2013
Summary/Review: Reading this book is like having a friendly historian take you by the arm and walk you through a momentous summer in America a long time ago – 1927. Not just any summer to be sure, but a summer that included a long list of history-making events:
· The flight of Charles Lindbergh revolutionizing modern flight forever.
· Babe Ruth- changing the way baseball is played forever.
· Prohibition – making alcohol in the United States even more prevalent.
· Sacco and Venzetti – were they guilty? The evidence just wasn’t there.
· The invention of the television – “Commercial Use in Doubt”!!
· Talking motion pictures
And the list goes on.
Bill Bryson weaves the extraordinary story as he moves from one subject to another and breathes life into a time that I did not know much about-until now!
Who will like this book?: History buffs
If you like this, try this: If you liked Bill Bryson’s writing, he has quite a few other books – most popular titles include “A Walk in the Woods” and “A Short History of Nearly Everything”. If you’re interested in more history, Erik Larson (“Devil in the White City”, “Garden of Beasts” is a popular historical author, and Vincent Bugliosi (“Four Days in November”, “Helter Skelter”) deals more with real crime.
Recommended by: Sue Z, Reference Librarian
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