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"Calvin Coolidge, who served as president from 1923 to 1929, never rated highly in polls. The shy Vermonter, nicknamed "Silent Cal," has long been dismissed as quiet and passive. History has remembered the decade in which he served as a frivolous, extravagant period predating the Great Depression. Now Amity Shlaes, the author known for her riveting, unexpected portrait of the 1930s, provides a similarly fresh look at the 1920s and its elusive president. Shlaes shows that the mid-1920s was, in fact, a triumphant period that established our modern way of life: the nation electrified, Americans drove their first cars, and the federal deficit was replaced with a surplus. Coolidge is an eye-opening biography of the little-known president behind that era of remarkable growth and national optimism."--From print version.
Publisher: New York : Harper, c2013.
ISBN: 9780062097972
Characteristics: 1 online resource (viii, 565 p., [14] p. of plates) : ill.
Subjects: Coolidge, Calvin, 1872-1933.
Presidents -- United States -- Biography.
Electronic books.
United States -- Politics and government -- 1923-1929.
United States -- Economic conditions -- 1918-1945.


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Sep 24, 2014

Might as well read a childrens book or a comic version of Coolidge's life, as you will find out as much as this biography has to offer. This kind of fluff biograph represents new style of revisionist history to try to erase the direct blame for Coolidge being the president most responsible for the Great Depression. This book is triumph of PR spin that whitewashes one of the most lazy worthless presidents of modern US history.

hania4987 Sep 07, 2013

What a triumph for Amity Shlaes ... Silent Cal is not so silent! This a comprehensive biography that showcases the obscure (almost forgotten) President and explains the people and events that shaped his views and actions. He understood the power of the Presidency and the importance of using that power sparingly and judiciously. What a great role model of leadership for the 21st century.
Coolidge: It is difficult for men in high office to avoid the malady of self-delusion. They are always surrounded by worshipers. They are constantly, and for the most part sincerely, assured of their greatness.

Aug 13, 2013

Excellent read for someone like me who thought that the Presidents between Wilson and FDR were just keeping the White House warm. Also a very intimate portrait of an All-American New Englander, his family, political allies and adversaries.

Jul 09, 2013

A good and well written biography of a unappreciated and little known President.


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