In these pages Silent Cal Coolidge focuses his famed terse eloquence on the nation's founders, not merely on George Washington's indispensable figure but also on:
¿ The Declaration of Independence and the Constitution
¿ Alexander Hamilton
¿ Washington's fellow Virginia patriots
¿ The Battles of Bunker Hill, Princeton, and Trenton
¿ Ethan Allen's Green Mountain Boys
¿ Boston's Old North Church
¿ Methodist Episcopal Bishop Francis Asbury
¿ The pivotal role Jewish Americans played in winning of our freedoms.
No modern president has spoken so much--or so well--of America's providential genesis.
Coolidge turns mere history into a history lesson.
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¿ "The Principles Fought For in the American Revolution," Sons of the American Revolution Essay Contest, Amherst College, Composed Starting in November 1894; Submitted by April 1, 1895; Awarded National Gold Medal December 13, 1895
Independence Day Address, The Home of Daniel Webster, Marshfield, Massachusetts, July 4, 1916
¿ Banquet on the Occasion of the Dedication of a Statue of Lafayette, Club Calumet, Fall River, Massachusetts, September 4, 1916
¿ Bunker Hill Day, Roxbury Historical Society, Roxbury, Massachusetts, June 17, 1918
¿ Flag Day Proclamation, Boston, Massachusetts, May 26, 1919
Commencement Address, Harvard University, Cambridge, Massachusetts, June 19, 1919
¿ "General William Shepherd," Westfield, Massachusetts, September 3, 1919
¿ "Our Heritage from Hamilton," The Hamilton Club, Chicago, Illinois, January 11, 1922
¿ "Great Virginians," Fredericksburg, Virginia, July 6, 1922
Excerpts from "The Foundation of our Institutions," The New York State Convention of the Y. M. C. A., Albany, New York, April 13, 1923
¿ "The Old North Church," Delivered on the Occasion of the 200th Anniversary of the Establishment of Christ Church, known as the Old North Church, Boston, Massachusetts, April 18, 1923
¿ "The Green Mountains," Delivered on the Occasion of the 150th Anniversary of the Settlement of the City of Burlington, Burlington, Vermont, June 12, 1923
¿ On the 150th Anniversary of the First Continental Congress, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, September 25, 1924
¿ Address at the Dedication of a Monument to Lafayette, Mount Vernon Place, Baltimore, Maryland, September 6, 1924
¿ Address at the Unveiling of the Equestrian Statue of Bishop Francis Asbury, Meridian Hill Park, Washington, D.C., October 15, 1924
¿ Washington's Birthday Radio Address, The White House, Washington, DC., February 22, 1925
¿ "The Spiritual Unification of America," Address on the Dedication of the Jewish Community Centre, Washington, D.C., May 3, 1925
¿ Address at the Celebration of the 150th Anniversary of George Washington Taking Command of the Continental Army, Cambridge, Massachusetts, July 3, 1925
¿ Address to the National Education Association, The Washington Auditorium, Washington, D.C., February 22, 1926
¿ Address on the Occasion of the 150th Anniversary of Virginia's Resolution Calling for a Declaration of Independence, The College of William & Mary, Williamsburg, Virginia, May 15, 1926
¿ "The Inspiration of the Declaration of Independence," Sesquicentennial Stadium, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, July 5, 1926
¿ Address at the 150th Anniversary of the Battles of Trenton and Princeton, The Trenton Historical Society, Trenton, New Jersey, December 29, 1926
¿ "The Birth of George Washington," Address to a Joint Session of Congress, The Capitol, Washington, D.C., February 22, 1927
¿ Address Before the Society of the Daughters of the American Revolution, Washington, D.C., April 16, 1928
¿ Mid-Winter Convocation Address, George Washington University, Washington, D.C., February 22, 1929
¿ "The Constitution," The Autobiography of Calvin Coolidge, November 1929
¿ "Calvin Coolidge Says," Syndicated Newspaper Column, Northampton, Massachusetts, February 20, 1931
Says Amity Shlaes: "David Pietrusza has brought Coolidge back to life with his volumes about the president . . ."
Called one "of the best historians in the United States," "one of the great political historians of all time," and "the undisputed champion of chronicling American Presidential campaigns." David Pietrusza has produced a number of critically-acclaimed works concerning 20th century American history. Critics have compared his work to that of H. L. Mencken, Theodore H. White, Edmund Morris, and Doris Kearnes Goodwin.
His "1948: Harry Truman's Improbable Victory and the Year that Transformed America," a study of the dramatic 1948 presidential campaign, is a selection of the History Book Club, the Book-of-the-Month Club, and the Literary Guild.
ForeWord Magazine designated his book "1960: LBJ vs JFK vs Nixon: The Epic Campaign that Forged Three Presidencies" as among the best political biographies. Pulitzer Prize winner Robert Caro has termed "1960" "terrific."
Pietrusza's "1920: The Year of the Six Presidents" received a Kirkus starred review, was honored as a Kirkus "Best Books of 2007" title, and was named an alternate selection of the History Book Club. Historian Richard Norton Smith has listed "1920: The Year of the Six Presidents" as being among the best studies of presidential campaigns.
Pietrusza's biography of Arnold Rothstein entitled "Rothstein: The Life, Times & Murder of the Criminal Genius Who Fixed the 1919 World Series" was a finalist for the 2003 Edgar Award. Rothstein's audio version won an AUDIOFILE Earphones Award.
Pietrusza's "Judge and Jury, his biography of baseball's first commissioner, Kenesaw Mountain Landis," received the 1998 CASEY Award and was also a Finalist for the 1998 Seymour Medal and nominated for the NASSH Book Award.
Pietrusza collaborated with baseball legend Ted Williams on an autobiography called "Ted Williams: My Life in Pictures."
His books have been utilized as texts by such colleges as George Washington University, the City University of New York, Â the University at Buffalo, Baylor University, Bellevue College, the University of Illinois, the University of San Francisco, and Portland State College. "1920" has been part of the syllabus for the course "Congress, The Presidency & 21st Century Media" offered by C-SPAN, The Cable Center and the University of Denver. His talk on "Silent Cal's Almanack" is included in the curriculum for the C-SPAN Classroom initiative.