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One Summer America 1927 by Bill Bryson

One Summer America 1927

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1927 saw the heights with Charles Lindbergh and the depths with Al Capone, there was the start of great things with cinema, tempered by the first hints of the failures that became The Great Depression. In Bill Bryson’s hands the summer of 1927 becomes a story of energy and optimism underscored by a hint of darkness. He whips this vast canvas into shape, telling the story of 1927 with great brio and wit.

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One Summer America 1927 by Bill Bryson

In the summer of 1927, America had a booming stock market, a president who worked just four hours a day (and slept much of the rest), a devastating flood of the Mississippi, a sensational murder trial, and an unknown aviator named Charles Lindbergh who became the most famous man on earth. It was the summer that saw the birth of talking pictures, the invention of television, the peak of Al Capone's reign of terror, the horrifying bombing of a school in Michigan, the thrillingly improbable return to greatness of an over-the-hill baseball player named Babe Ruth, and an almost impossible amount more. In this hugely entertaining book, Bill Bryson spins a story of brawling adventure, reckless optimism and delirious energy. With the trademark brio, wit and authority that has made him Britain's favourite writer of narrative non-fiction, he brings to life a forgotten summer when America came of age, took centre stage, and changed the world for ever.


A fascinating snapshot of a season during which America, for better or worse, ushered in the modern world. - Sunday Times

A gifted raconteur...The book is filled with eccentric, flamboyant characters and memorable stories...highly amusing. - Guardian

About the Author

Bill Bryson

Bill Bryson was born in Des Moines, Iowa, in 1951. He settled in England in 1977, and lived for many years with his English wife and four children in North Yorkshire. He and his family then moved to America for a few years but have now returned to the UK. He is the bestselling author of The Lost Continent, Mother Tongue, Neither Here Nor There, Made in America, Notes From a Small Island, A Walk in the Woods, Notes From a Big Country, Down Under and, most recently, A Short History of Nearly Everything. He is also the author of the bestselling African Diary (a charity book for CARE International).

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22nd May 2014


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Black Swan an imprint of Transworld Publishers Ltd


672 pages


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20th century history: c 1900 to c 2000



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