Author(s): Amity Shlaes
Awards:2013-New York Times Bestseller
CD - unabridged
Audio (18 discs)
Product Number: DD34862
Released: Feb 04, 2014
Business Term: Purchase
ISBN: #9780062311962
Narrator/s: Terence Aselford
Publisher: Harper
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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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Author(s): Amity Shlaes
Narrator(s): Terence Aselford
Product Number Z100039122
Released: Feb 12, 2013
Business Term: Purchase
Publisher: HarperAudio
ISBN: #9780062116093
Author(s): Amity Shlaes
Product Number EB00231694
Released: Mar 17, 2014
Business Term: 26 Circ
Publisher: Harper
ISBN: #9780062097972

Professional reviews

"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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