1920: The Year of the Six Presidents

1920: The Year of the Six Presidents

by David Pietrusza

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1920: The Year of the Six Presidents by David Pietrusza

The presidential election of 1920 was among history's most dramatic. Six once-and-future presidents-Wilson, Harding, Coolidge, Hoover, and Teddy and Franklin Roosevelt-jockeyed for the White House. With voters choosing between Wilson's League of Nations and Harding's front-porch isolationism, the 1920 election shaped modern America. Women won the vote. Republicans outspent Democrats by 4 to 1, as voters witnessed the first extensive newsreel coverage, modern campaign advertising, and results broadcast on radio. America had become an urban nation: Automobiles, mass production, chain stores, and easy credit transformed the economy. 1920 paints a vivid portrait of America, beset by the Red Scare, jailed dissidents, Prohibition, smoke-filled rooms, bomb-throwing terrorists, and the Klan, gingerly crossing modernity's threshold.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780786732135
Publisher: Basic Books
Publication date: 04/21/2009
Sold by: Hachette Digital, Inc.
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 240
Sales rank: 694,907
File size: 3 MB

About the Author

David Pietrusza has written or edited ore than thirty books. His previous book, Rothstein: The Life, Times, and Murder of the Criminal Genius Who Fixed the 1919 World Series, was nominated for the Mystery Writers of America Edgar Award in the Best Fact Crime category. An expert on the 1920s, Pietrusza has served on the Board of Directors of the Calvin Coolidge Memorial Foundation. He lives in upstate New York.

Table of Contents

The Players in Our Drama     1
"Discover a Common Hate"     9
"Something Queer Was Happening"     26
"I Seem to Have Gone to Pieces"     36
"He Is the Only Candidate"     55
"A Turtle on a Log"     72
"I Am Governor of Massachusetts"     90
"He Is Certainly a Wonder"     105
"A Twentieth-Century Apollo"     122
"Criminal Intrigues Everywhere"     140
"Superior Biologic Values"     155
"The Funeral Bake Meats"     167
"A 'Safe' Kind of Liberal"     187
"Red Feathers, Tin Bears, and Cardboard Oranges"     201
"Warren Harding Is the Best of the Second-Raters"     224
"The Greatest Living Champion of Water"     242
"Convict No. 9653"     262
"A Gathering of Asteroids"     282
"A Mother's Advice Is Always Safest"     290
"Back to Normal"     311
"A Pretty Good Constitution"     331
"Wake up, Ethiopia!"     353
"Warren Gamaliel Harding Is Not a White Man"     369
"Perverts by Official Orders"     386
"It Was an Earthquake"     397
"Power Must Fail"     418
"Fear Itself"     435
Epilogue: "Malevolent Detachment"     439
Notes     455
Bibliography     527
Acknowledgments     543
Index     545

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1920 3.9 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 7 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
A brisk read about the intersection of the political careers of six past and future U.S. presidents. Pietrusza does a marvelous job of bringing the year 1920 to life and contrasting the politics of the early 1900's with conventions and elections from our recent past and present. Intrigue, scandal, and luck mix with the contentious political scene of the era for an important history lesson and a pleasurable read. This is a thought provoking book about an election that is often dismissed as being irrelevant, or at the very least unfortunate. Pietrusza shows it to mean so much more, as the country (both sexes!) goes to the polls for a referendum on The League of Nations, U.S. involvement in World War I, prohibition, socialism, and the Wilson Era of American politics. I enjoyed the book so much I even visited the Warren G. Harding Memorial in Marion, Ohio. An impressive tomb for a man of many, many contradictions! Read the book and reflect on how the media has changed the way it reports on (some) candidates in this day and age!
MB_96 More than 1 year ago
Takes one back to a time when political conventions were more than a made for TV infomercial for political parties
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I tought it's very well based on the year on the election 1920 and gave well based childhood and growing up facts too.the picture were amazing to see .I bet if you put my 7th grade social studies teachter mr.steve schockcow vs david peitrusza in a histroy bee it would be tight.
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Guest More than 1 year ago
Interesting book, even if the author is overly interested in the sex lives of his characters. Unfortunately, historical inaccuracies distract from the story. Hughie Long? How can a historian refer to Hughie Long? And how can an editor miss such a reference? I jibe you not. (Jibe is the author's favorite verb.)