Bill Bryson is awesome.
Good, but not my favorite (At Home) with his facts for the unusual. He narrates with his great sense of humor, very dry.
The wonderful Bill Bryson does it again! Everything from the ’27 Yankees, to Charles Lindberg’s historic flight to Chicago gangster Al Capone, all rolled into one engaging story about the life and times of 1927. Bryson always manages to detail little known facts with humor and wit. Read by the author.
Awesome! (May or June 2014).....Aug 2014, took this out again, so that I could listen to it with my sister at the cabin. She enjoyed knitting to it, as the radio was getting just a little bit repititious.
Bryson does an amazing job connecting events and people in history and giving them context and meaning. With the summer of 1927 as the hub of the story, he creates a comprehensive history of America in the early 20th century. Bryson weaves together stories of Charles Lindburgh's first flight across the Atlantic, Herbert Hoover's relief efforts after the flooding in Louisiana, Babe Ruth's ascent into baseball greatness, Henry Ford's Model T, the creation of Mount Rushmore, the invention of radio, "talkies," and television, the failures of prohibition, Al Capone's reign in Chicago, and other newsworthy men, women, and events of the decade. It's a lot to digest, but well worth it.
Bill Bryson is an outstanding author of intimate histories and travelogues. Weaves different stories together in a very interesting and dynamic fashion. One Summer has a lot of stories that we all know, but Bryson brings out the details around those stories.
This is a very interesting slice of American History. Bill Bryson has a droll sense of humor in relating some of the characters and incidents - keeping the reading from becoming laborious. Although this is nominally about the summer of 1927, Bill Bryson provides fascinating background details leading up to the summer of 1927. The main topics include Aviation (Lindbergh, etc.), Politics (Hoover & Coolidge, etc.), Prohibition (Al Capone, Wayne Wheeler), Baseball (Babe Ruth, Lou Gehrig, etc.), Boxing (Gene Tunney, Jack Dempsey), Entertainment (Silent movie star Clara Bow), and Finance (Benjamin Strong). While there is no unifying theme Bill Bryson does pull together a portrait of a country and world at several inflection points. Finally, the book provides and epilogue of the main characters that populate the book.
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