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One Summer: America, 1927

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Most Helpful Favorable Review

20 out of 20 people found this review helpful.

The way he writes...come over here and look at this. And look,

The way he writes...come over here and look at this. And look, just behind it, and over your shoulder...Look at this! It's like flying through history, occasionally settling for a study, then taking off again. Highly recommended.

posted by 10529154 on October 6, 2013

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6 out of 8 people found this review helpful.

An amazing recount of an event packed summer.

I'm 73, so I wasn't born in 1927, but I'd had a sense of some the things that had gone on that year from my parents, but certainly not all, and not nearly in the depth presented by Bryson. The history of early aviation and of the era when baseball was truly the nationa...
I'm 73, so I wasn't born in 1927, but I'd had a sense of some the things that had gone on that year from my parents, but certainly not all, and not nearly in the depth presented by Bryson. The history of early aviation and of the era when baseball was truly the national pastime were the portions that made the biggest impression on me. I guess I'd also have to add to that the devastation caused by the great Mississippi flood and the other severe weather events of that summer. I spent most of my life in the Midwest and had never heard of that awful time.

I don't consider myself a history buff, and part of my motivation for reading this book was having read a number of other Bryson books. Was it my favorite? Well, not really, as I like something with a story line, but that's just personal taste. I like page-turners, and this one only gently brought me back to the book, rather than an eagerness to see what happens on the next page of a good mystery.

posted by ringoDR on November 15, 2013

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  • Posted November 15, 2013

    An amazing recount of an event packed summer.

    I'm 73, so I wasn't born in 1927, but I'd had a sense of some the things that had gone on that year from my parents, but certainly not all, and not nearly in the depth presented by Bryson. The history of early aviation and of the era when baseball was truly the national pastime were the portions that made the biggest impression on me. I guess I'd also have to add to that the devastation caused by the great Mississippi flood and the other severe weather events of that summer. I spent most of my life in the Midwest and had never heard of that awful time.

    I don't consider myself a history buff, and part of my motivation for reading this book was having read a number of other Bryson books. Was it my favorite? Well, not really, as I like something with a story line, but that's just personal taste. I like page-turners, and this one only gently brought me back to the book, rather than an eagerness to see what happens on the next page of a good mystery.

    6 out of 8 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted October 25, 2013

    Just fair

    The title is misleading! It is all about Lindbergh. No matter what the subject--Babe Ruth, Jack Dempsey, school bombing, it is all in relation to Lindbergh.

    4 out of 7 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted November 22, 2013

    Another Winner

    You can always count on Bill Bryson. People and events you've heard about and now you know all the fascinating details. Ruth, Lindbergh, Hoover. Sacco and Vanzetti. Especially those last ones. I've always heard the names. Now I know what the furor was about.
    I was surprised to learn about the violence. Bombings and the like. We it's never happened before but it has and we survived.

    1 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 21, 2014

    Death defying

    It was so boring i almost died

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    Posted October 31, 2013

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