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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 11, 2006

    rather dry read

    this book is not an enjoyable read. very dry and uninteresting. relies too much on coolidge's autobiography. leaves me wondering if i just should have read his autobiography instead.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 10, 2005

    Worth Reading but Beware

    I agree with Mr. Sobel that this conservative President has been under-rated by historians (most of whom are liberals). He was a better politician than most people realize. He did not 'sleep-walk' through his presidency. The economy was booming. No one wanted much from Washington and he didn't do much. When he did make legislative proposals, his own party (the GOP) basically ignored him. Why? They didn't like the fact that he never served in the US Congress and that he was not a genial back-slapper. However, I did find three errors and two typos in this book. The three errors were: 1). Great Barrington is southwest of Northampton, not northwest. p. 49. 2). Salem is the capital city of Oregon, not Washington state. p. 135. 3). Fairbanks (who was Teddy Roosevelt's Vice President) was from Indiana, not Ohio. p. 210. The typos were gavel (not gravel) on p. 298 and American (not Americans) on p. 348. Knowing there were three errors of fact is scary. It makes you wonder how many other errors of fact there were about things the reader doesn't know about, doesn't it? But the book was good overall. Though, in my opinion, he included too many long quotes from Coolidge's various speeches.

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