One Summer: America 1927 (Hardback)
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One Summer: America 1927 (Hardback)

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Hardback Published: 26/09/2013
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Britain's favourite writer of narrative non-fiction Bill Bryson travels back in time to a forgotten summer when America came of age, took centre stage, and, in five eventful months, changed the world for ever. In the summer of 1927, America had a booming stock market, a president who worked just four hours a day (and slept much of the rest of the time), a semi-crazed sculptor with a mad plan to carve four giant heads into an inaccessible mountain called Rushmore, a devastating flood of the Mississippi, a sensational murder trial, and a youthful aviator named Charles Lindbergh who started the summer wholly unknown and finished it as the most famous man on earth. (So famous that Minnesota considered renaming itself after him.) It was the summer that saw the birth of talking pictures, the invention of television, the peak of Al Capone's reign of terror, the horrifying bombing of a school in Michigan by a madman, the ill-conceived decision that led to the Great Depression, the thrillingly improbable return to greatness of a wheezing, over-the-hill baseball player named Babe Ruth, and an almost impossible amount more. In this hugely entertaining book, Bill Bryson spins a story of brawling adventure, reckless optimism and delirious energy, with a cast of unforgettable and eccentric characters, with trademark brio, wit and authority.

Publisher: Transworld Publishers Ltd
ISBN: 9780385608282

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“I loved this.”

An endlessly fascinating overview of the period, using the events of Summer 1927 as its focal point, the book is obviously very well researched (I can imagine Bryson scouring through every major daily newspaper of the... More

Paperback edition
27th September 2013
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“Great if you like history”

I was sent an advance copy of this book to review and it is the first Bill Bryson book I have read. I say read, I am still only about a quarter of the way through it. It is extremely interesting, but at the same time... More

Paperback edition
22nd October 2013
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“An excellent education”

I am a massive fan of Bill Bryson's writing, I have read all of his books and thoroughly enjoyed them, they've made me laugh and I've learned a lot. I was very excited to receive an advance review copy... More

Paperback edition
19th October 2013
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