“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 … see full wiki
American History constantly surprises when I read about it. In school, we only went over the large and important actions and people, and that's why many folks find it boring. I have discovered, through my reading, that American history is a varied and quite interesting subject. This book is a perfect example of what I mean.
The author takes us through much of 1927, and shows us the events and personalities who made that a most interesting year. First and foremost, of course, is Charles Lindbergh and his solo crossing of the Atlantic, which most readers are familiar with, at least in some way. We are taken, in this book, through the many other fliers who attempted, or tried to attempt, this crossing, which resulted in missing at sea for quite a few. Lindbergh's return and the overheated fame pushed upon him is revealed in all its annoyance (to him). There is even a glimpse into the future of this man, of which I was aware, but which I won't relate for those who do not know.
In addition, we are given mini biographies of Calvin Coolidge, Herbert Hoover, Richard Bird, Al Capone, Big Bill Thompson, and a myriad of others who made this an extraordinary year in our history. It's always a pleasure to me to discover things about our history of which I was unaware, and I compliment the author, whose other works I have read and enjoyed, on bringing this year into the light and showing us that many small things in a 12 month period often add up to quite a year!