One Summer 1927 – Bill Bryson

This is a little different to my other posts but I hope you enjoy it all the same.

I recently read Bill Bryson’s account of America during the summer of 1927 – an engaging recount of a period that changed the USA enormously.

His book charts the trials and tribulations of the race for the first continuous flight across the Atlantic – taken on by many but only completed the underdog – a post delivery pilot largely forgotten by many.

This is not singularly a book about early developments in aviation but also the rise of Babe Ruth, baseball, a president (Calvin Coolidge) who slept most of the day, the popularisation of boxing, Al Capone, a flood that was to be the making of Herbert Hoover and the roots of the Economic crisis of the 1930’s. Bryson makes quite clear that this was the year that America started to become what it is today – a socio-economic superpower on the world stage.

Bryson’s witty, readable prose makes one almost forget that the events he is describing actually happened. The inclusion of trivial facts only make it all the more readable – don’t be scared of the shear size of the book – you won’t be able to put it down!

A tale of reckless optimism, fame and intrigue in the Jazz Age – and all of it true.



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