Pleasant, but long; America-centric.
I really like Bill's books and this is no different. What a fascinating little cross section of American history exposed in a single summer. He has such a satisfying approach to revealing the information and engaging the reader.
I was especially interested to hear about popular authors of the time that are no longer read compared to the books and authors that have persisted, though were less popular when their books came out. The Great Gatsby was a flop!
Bill Bryson is awesome.
Fun listen. Big on Babe Ruth and Charles Lindbergh.
Another terrific book by Bill Bryson. I had no idea so many memorable events and people made history in 1927. Includes Charles Lindbergh, Henry Ford, the dawn of talking movies, carving Mt. Rushmore and the greatest baseball team of all time - the 1927 New York Yankees with Babe Ruth and Lou Gehrig. And many more. Very entertaining and well researched. I also really enjoyed listening to the audio CD version.
Unlike most of Bryson's other books, this is a heavy historical doorstop. It took me ages to get through it; it's well-written and thorough, but not really what I was thinking of when I picked it up. Fault of mine? Maybe a fault on both sides, really, since that doesn't change the fact that although the book is /interesting/, it's still a lot of work to read. I had to set aside two weeks and renew everything else I had out.
A romp theough only one summer in the history of the U.S., but written in a humorous way that makes me want to know a LOT more about American history. A great read!
Amazing that one year could have as many historic events as 1927 - Charles Lindberg crosses the Atlantic and becomes an international hero; Al Capone becomes the legend that he is; Jack Dempsey and Gene Tunney have the still controversial fight of the century; Henry Ford becomes rich and famous with his Model T, then completely flops with his Model A, which allows GM to take over as industry leader; the Mount Rushmore carvings begin.
Bryson manages to skillfully weave all these stories and many more in a fascinating and entertaining account of 1927. He does jump around a lot but manages to do so quite skillfully. Overall an enjoyable book!!
Good, but not my favorite (At Home) with his facts for the unusual. He narrates with his great sense of humor, very dry.
Disappointing - a very selective history, exaggerated in some instances to buttress his point that he believes the summer of 1927 to be singular in its remarkable events. Offers no citations to read more about the points the author makes. Slightly 'snarky' humor about many historical figures.
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