Large Print : One Summer
by Bill Bryson
Editor: Random House USA Inc
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An Outstanding Chicago Tribune Book A GoodReads Readers’ Choice In One Summer, Bill Bryson, one of our greatest and most beloved non-fiction writers, transport readers on a journey home for an incredible season in American lifeThe summer of 1927 began with one of the defining events of the 20th century: on May 21, 1927, Charles Lindbergh was the first man to fly non-stop across the Atlantic, and when he landed at Le Bourget, near Paris, he ignited an explosion in the world of rapture and instantly became the most famous person on the planetMeanwhile, the titanically talented Babe Ruth is the beginning of his assault on the recording house, which is expected to culminate on September 30 with his sixtieth breath, one of the most resonant and enduring records in the history of sportBetween these two dates, one of the queens of the housewife who was named Ruth Snyder and her corset-seller garroted her husband, leading to a murder trial, which became a huge sensationAlvin “Sinking” Kelly was sitting atop a flagpole in Newark, New Jersey, for a period of twelve days, a new recordSouth America was affected by rains and floods of the Mississippi Basin, a great human disaster, relief efforts for which were guided by the disarmingly and insufferably pompous Herbert HooverCalvin Coolidge already interrupted quiet presidency for even more relaxing three month vacation in the Black Hills of South DakotaThe gangster Al Capone tightened his grip on the illegal alcohol market through a psychic and murderous reign of terror and municipal corruptionThe first real “speaking of photo,” Al Jolson of The Jazz Singer, was filmed and forever changed the film industryThe four most powerful central bankers on earth met in secret session on a Long Island real estate and made a fateful decision that the near-guarantee of a future crash and depressionAll this and much, much more sweaty in this summertime of 1927, and Bill Bryson
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