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One Summer: America, 1927 by Bill Bryson

One Summer: America, 1927 by Bill Bryson

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One Summer:  America, 1927 by Bill Bryson is a 509-page hardcover published by Doubleday, 2013, stated first United Stated edition 2013.  The top edge of the dust jacket is bumped.  Inside, the bottom edge is bumped.  The rest of the book is in very good condition. 

Book Summary

The summer of 1927 began with one of the signature events of the twentieth century:  on May 21, 1927, Charles Lindbergh became the first man to cross the Atlantic by plane nonstop, and when he landed in Le Bourget airfield near Paris, he ignited an explosion of worldwide rapture and instantly became the most famous person on the planet.  Meanwhile, the titantically talented Babe Ruth was beginning his assault on the home run record, which would culminate on September 30 with his sixtieth blast, one of the most resonant and durable records in sports history.  In between those dates a Queens housewife named Ruth Snyder and her corset-salesman lover garroted her husband, leading to a murder trial that became a huge tabloid sensation. 

Alvin "Shipwreck" Kelly sat atop a flagpole in Newark, New Jersey, for twelve days--a new record.  The American South was clobbered by unprecedented rain and by flooding of the Mississippi basin, a great human disaster, the relief efforts of which were guided by the uncannily able and insufferably pompous Herbert Hoover.  The gangster Al Capone tightened his grip on the illegal booze business through a gaudy and murderous reign of terror and municipal corruption.  The first true "talking picture," Al Jolson's The Jazz Singer, was filmed and forever changed the motion picture industry.  The four most powerful central bankers on earth met in secret session on a Long Island estate and made a fateful decision that virtually guaranteed a future crash and depression.  All this and much, much more transpired in that epochal summer of 1927. 

ISBN:  978-0-7679-1940-1

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