Amity Shlaes, author of The Forgotten Man, delivers a brilliant and provocative reexamination of AmericaA??s thirtieth president, Calvin Coolidge, and the decade of unparalleled growth that the nation enjoyed under his leadership. In this riveting biography, Shlaes traces CoolidgeA??s improbable rise from a tiny town in New England to a youth so unpopular he was shut out of college fraternities at Amherst College up through Massachusetts politics. After a divisive period of government excess and corruption, Coolidge restored national trust in Washington and achieved what few other peacetime presidents have: He left office with a federal budget smaller than the one he inherited. A man of calm discipline, he lived by example, renting half of a two-family house for his entire political career rather than compromise his political work by taking on debt. Renowned as a throwback, Coolidge was in fact strikingly modernA??an advocate of womenA??s suffrage and a radio pioneer. At once a revision of man and economics, Coolidge gestures to the country we once were and reminds us of qualities we had forgotten and can use today.
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by Amity Shlaes
by Brian S. Wesbury, Amity Shlaes
by Carolly Erickson
by Michael Grant
by David McCullough
by Anthony Everitt
by Ayaan Hirsi Ali
by Stephen Kotkin
by Jimmy Carter
by Alison Weir
by David Herbert Donald
"Calvin Coolidge, the thirtieth president of the United States, is usually seen as a quiet, unspectacular politician who guided us through the Roaring Twenties but didn't accomplish much else. This biography succeeds in redefining him as a forward thinking and very competent chief executive. Narrator Terence Aselford does a fine job with the book, reading with Coolidge's spirit in mind. His voice is spare, unadorned, sturdy, and durable, words we would associate with Silent Cal's historical reputation. Aselford has a deep, resonant tone, and he varies his emphasis throughout the work. Coolidge's story is interesting, and the book qualifies as good history, but Aselford doesn't have more than that to work with and is reduced to being a factual guide rather than a compelling storyteller. R.I.G. (c) AudioFile 2013, Portland, Maine"
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