Calvin Coolidge (American Presidents Series)

Calvin Coolidge (American Presidents Series)


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Calvin Coolidge (American Presidents Series) by David Greenberg

The austere president who presided over the Roaring Twenties and whose conservatism masked an innovative approach to national leadership

He was known as "Silent Cal." Buttoned up and tight-lipped, Calvin Coolidge seemed out of place as the leader of a nation plunging headlong into the modern era. His six years in office were a time of flappers, speakeasies, and a stock market boom, but his focus was on cutting taxes, balancing the federal budget, and promoting corporate productivity. "The chief business of the American people is business," he famously said.

But there is more to Coolidge than the stern capitalist scold. He was the progenitor of a conservatism that would flourish later in the century and a true innovator in the use of public relations and media. Coolidge worked with the top PR men of his day and seized on the rising technologies of newsreels and radio to bring the presidency into the lives of ordinary Americans—a path that led directly to FDR's "fireside chats" and the expert use of television by Kennedy and Reagan. At a time of great upheaval, Coolidge embodied the ambivalence that many of his countrymen felt. America kept "cool with Coolidge," and he returned the favor.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780805069570
Publisher: Holt, Henry & Company, Inc.
Publication date: 12/26/2006
Series: American Presidents Series
Pages: 224
Sales rank: 420,847
Product dimensions: 5.50(w) x 8.50(h) x 0.62(d)
Age Range: 14 - 18 Years

About the Author

David Greenberg is a professor of history and media studies at Rutgers University, a columnist for Slate, and the author of the prizewinning Nixon's Shadow: The History of an Image. A former acting editor of The New Republic, he has written for many scholarly and popular publications, including The Atlantic Monthly, Foreign Affairs, The New York Times, and The Washington Post. He lives in New York City.

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Calvin Coolidge 2.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 6 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
If you are a progressive, you'll love this book. If you are a conservative, have any knowledge of history or understand economics, you'll hate it. Progrssive talking points and opinions substitute for facts in this short "history" of Calvin Coolidge. If you want to learn about Coolidge, find a different book than this one.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book provided a good overall story of Coolidge as his presidency, though I wish it had been a little more detailed in spots. But I do feel it does paint a good, if not broad, picture of his years in the White House. His “Yankee-ness” comes out strong as well.
Indiapapa More than 1 year ago
If you're looking for a very quick read covering this subject, this book is for you. The author covers the subject without an in depth exploration of why decisions are made. Rather the subject is covered quickly, and superficially. Facts regarding events occurring on specific dates are accurately portrayed, but not explored. This is generally true of the American Presidents Series books. If you want that exploration, then search elsewhere.
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