Silent Cal's Almanack: The Homespun Wit and Wisdom of Vermont's Calvin Coolidge

Silent Cal's Almanack: The Homespun Wit and Wisdom of Vermont's Calvin Coolidge

by David Pietrusza

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A treasury of the wit and wisdom of Calvin Coolidge, America's surprisingly eloquent 30th President.

Silent Cal's Almanack includes:

* The ultimate distillation of Calvin Coolidge political wisdom.
* A selection of Silent Cal's key speeches.
* A thought-provoking original biographical essay.
* A fascinating and unique 52-page portfolio of Coolidge photos, editorial cartoons and campaign memorabilia.
* A Coolidge timeline.
* A Coolidge bibliography.

Supreme Court Justice David Souter wrote of Calvin Coolidge: "The simple beauty of his English prose exceeds anything I could say in praise of it."

"He wrote simply, innocently, artlessly," H. L. Mencken once noted regarding Coolidge's prose, "He forgot all the literary affectations and set down his ideas exactly as they came into his head. The result was a bald, but strangely appealing piece of writing--a composition of almost Lincolnian austerity and beauty. The true Vermonter was in every line of it."

Featured on C-SPAN BookTV and The Glenn Beck Show.

"David Pietrusza has brought Coolidge back to life with his volumes about the president . . ."
--Amity Shlaes

"Calvin Coolidge was one of the greatest presidents of the 20th century and is certainly the most underrated. This book, compiled by one of my favorite historians, will give readers a full appreciation of why Silent Cal's wisdom shines like a beacon through the fog of historical amnesia."
--Jonah Goldberg

"This book should help others to discover a man who should never have been neglected. Silent Cal was hardly silent at all, just thoughtful. The opposite seems to be the manner of many public figures today. And he expressed his thoughts with words as eloquent as they were noble."
--George W. Rutler

"Silent Cal’s Almanack: The Homespun Wit and Wisdom of Vermont's Calvin Coolidge, by YAF alum David Pietrusza, is a phenomenal Autumn read. Short and easy, this well-indexed compendium of quotes and stories shines light on an often overlooked, yet truly great, American conservative. Mr. Coolidge was a man who understood the duties of a public servant better than many ever have."
--Christopher Bedford

Product Details

BN ID: 2940011803369
Publisher: CreateSpace
Publication date: 08/19/2008
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 208
Sales rank: 547,507
File size: 11 MB
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About the Author

David Pietrusza has produced a number of critically-acclaimed works concerning 20th century American history. His book "1960: LBJ vs JFK vs Nixon: The Epic Campaign that Forged Three Presidencies" was named by ForeWord Magazine as among the best political biographies.
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, the University at Buffalo, Baylor University, Bellevue College, the University of Illinois, and the University of San Francisco. "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. Pietrusza served as president (1993-97) of the Society for American Baseball Research (SABR), and as editor-in-chief of the publishing company Total Sports. He has been interviewed on NPR, MSNBC, C-SPAN, ESPN, the Fox News Channel, the History Channel, EBRU-TV, and the Fox Sports Channel.
He has produced and written the PBS-affiliate documentary, "Local Heroes." Pietrusza holds both bachelor's and master's degrees in history from the University at Albany and has served on the City Council in Amsterdam, New York.
He has served as public information officer for both the NYS Governor's Office of Regulatory Reform and the NYS Office of the Medicaid Inspector General.

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