One Summer: America, 1927

Hardcover | October 1, 2013

byBill Bryson

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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 consider 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 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 the trademark brio, wit and authority that have made him our favorite writer of narrative non-fiction, he rolls out an unforgettable cast of vivid and eccentric personalities to bring to life a forgotten summer when America came of age, took centre stage and changed the world forever.

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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 youthf...

BILL BRYSON's bestselling books include A Walk in the Woods, I'm a Stranger Here Myself, In a Sunburned Country, A Short History of Nearly Everything (which earned him the 2004 Aventis Prize), The Life and Times of the ThunderboltKid, and At Home. He lives in England with his wife and children. The author lives in Norfolk, England.

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Format:HardcoverDimensions:528 pages, 9.52 × 6.39 × 1.44 inPublished:October 1, 2013Publisher:Doubleday CanadaLanguage:English

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ISBN - 13:9780385661652

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“Bryson gets right to it, dancing the Charleston with his crisp, evocative prose through portraits and anecdotes of characters big and small. . . . At its best, the prose fizzes like just-poured champagne.”—The Globe and Mail“Bryson is a master of the sidelong, a man who can turn obscurity into hilarity with seemingly effortless charm – and One Summer: America 1927 is an entertaining addition to a body of work that is at its best when it celebrates the unexpected and the obscure. . . . This is a jolly jalopy ride of a book; Bryson runs down the byways of American history and finds diversion in every roadside stop.”—Financial Times  “This splendid book, written in the breezy and humorous style that has come to be Bryson's trademark, is sure to delight readers steeped in the history of the period as well as those looking to acquaint themselves with it for the first time.”—Huffington Post  “Bill Bryson is a true master of popular narrative. Over the course of his career, he has bestowed a beautiful clarity on even the most recondite of subjects, such as science or linguistics. With this book, he proves once again that he is able to juggle any number of different balls – the boxing career of Jack Dempsey, the origins of the Wall Street Crash, the history of the Ku Klux Klan – and create spellbinding patterns while never letting a single one drop.”—Daily Mail (UK)“One Summer is a delightful entertainment that gives the reader a good grounding in the nature and significance of the 1920s in America.”—Winnipeg Free Press  “Bryson’s book is a quirkily entertaining pop history of the single year, 1927, when the United States underwent a massive cultural revolution and shook off — for good and ill — any lingering sense of being second best. Bryson is simply caught up in his own enthusiasm for a period in which American was just beginning to produce its most powerful, most impressive, and often most dangerous invention: optimism.”—Toronto Star   “One Summer is bursting with facts, whether amusing, disquieting, or downright weird. All are woven deftly into Bryson’s story of a few months when the 1920s truly roared.”—National Post  “Just to think of this book is to think of it as a sure-fire winning combination. What couldn’t so gifted a storyteller and effortless a stylist as Bryson do with the material on offer. . . . detail-rich, thoroughly entrancing.”—Maclean’s  “A popular chronicler of life and lore vividly charts a particularly pivotal season in American history. . . . Bryson’s American pride saturates this rewarding book. A distinctively drawn time capsule from a definitive epoch.” —Kirkus Reviews"Bryson is at his best, combining his talents for thorough research, skillful narrative structure and witty humor. . . . Readers who enjoy creative nonfiction, from writers such as Erik Larson, may find Bryson’s witty prose a welcome addition to their summer reading." —Tribune Star