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One Summer - America 1927

Bill Bryson

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A Chicago Tribune Noteworthy Book A GoodReads Reader's Choice In One Summer Bill Bryson, one of our greatest and most beloved nonfiction writers, transports readers on a journey back to one amazing season in American life. The summer of 1927 began with one of the signature events of the twentieth century: on May 21, 1927, Charles Lindbergh became the first man to cross the Atlantic by plane nonstop, and when he landed in Le Bourget airfield near Paris, he ignited an explosion of worldwide rapture and instantly became the most famous person on the planet. Meanwhile, the titanically talented Babe Ruth was beginning his assault on the home run record, which would culminate on September 30 with his sixtieth blast, one of the most resonant and durable records in sports history. In between those dates a Queens housewife named Ruth Snyder and her corset-salesman lover garroted her husband, leading to a murder trial that became a huge tabloid sensation. Alvin "Shipwreck" Kelly sat atop a flagpole in Newark, New Jersey, for twelve days-a new record. The American South was clobbered by unprecedented rain and by flooding of the Mississippi basin, a great human disaster, the relief efforts for which were guided by the uncannily able and insufferably pompous Herbert Hoover. Calvin Coolidge interrupted an already leisurely presidency for an even more relaxing three-month vacation in the Black Hills of South Dakota. The gangster Al Capone tightened his grip on the illegal booze business through a gaudy and murderous reign of terror and municipal corruption. The first true "talking picture," Al Jolson's The Jazz Singer, was filmed and forever changed the motion picture industry. The four most powerful central bankers on earth met in secret session on a Long Island estate and made a fateful decision that virtually guaranteed a future crash and depression. All this and much, much more transpired in that epochal summer of 1927, and Bill Bryson captures its outsized personalities, exciting events, and occasional just plain weird

Language:

English

Length:

17h 3m


Chapters

Free Sample

05:00

Introduction
Introduction

54:31


Part 1, Chapter 1
Part 1, Chapter 1

31:29


Part 1, Chapter 2
Part 1, Chapter 2

26:47


Part 1, Chapter 3
Part 1, Chapter 3

33:27


Part 1, Chapter 4
Part 1, Chapter 4

26:56


Part 1, Chapter 5
Part 1, Chapter 5

16:55


Part 1, Chapter 6
Part 1, Chapter 6

29:08


Part 1, Chapter 7
Part 1, Chapter 7

11:00


Part 2, Chapter 8
Part 2, Chapter 8

40:33


Part 2, Chapter 9
Part 2, Chapter 9

25:51


Part 2, Chapter 10
Part 2, Chapter 10

21:23


Part 2, Chapter 11
Part 2, Chapter 11

34:41


Part 2, Chapter 12
Part 2, Chapter 12

31:50


Part 2, Chapter 13
Part 2, Chapter 13

25:09


Part 3, Chapter 14
Part 3, Chapter 14

27:17


Part 3, Chapter 15
Part 3, Chapter 15

30:41


Part 3, Chapter 16
Part 3, Chapter 16

33:45


Part 3, Chapter 17
Part 3, Chapter 17

29:19


Part 3, Chapter 18
Part 3, Chapter 18

23:53


Part 3, Chapter 19
Part 3, Chapter 19

38:04


Part 4, Chapter 20
Part 4, Chapter 20

50:05


Part 4, Chapter 21
Part 4, Chapter 21

28:05


Part 4, Chapter 22
Part 4, Chapter 22

30:27


Part 4, Chapter 23
Part 4, Chapter 23

38:57


Part 4, Chapter 24
Part 4, Chapter 24

23:33


Part 4, Chapter 25
Part 4, Chapter 25

27:21


Part 5, Chapter 26
Part 5, Chapter 26

29:00


Part 5, Chapter 27
Part 5, Chapter 27

28:54


Part 5, Chapter 28
Part 5, Chapter 28

34:11


Part 5, Chapter 29
Part 5, Chapter 29

30:18


Part 5, Chapter 30
Part 5, Chapter 30

44:34


Part 5, Chapter 31
Part 5, Chapter 31

01:04:54


Part 5, Chapter 32
Part 5, Chapter 32

00:27