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This brilliant and provocative reexamination of America's 30th president reveals a man who restored national trust in government, lived by example, suffered great tragedy, emphasized the importance of presidential humility and inspired optimism. 150,000 first printing.

Amity Shlaes, author of The Forgotten Man, delivers a brilliant and provocative reexamination of America’s thirtieth president, Calvin Coolidge, and the decade of unparalleled growth that the nation enjoyed under his leadership. In this riveting biography, Shlaes traces Coolidge’s improbable rise from a tiny town in New England to a youth so unpopular he was shut out of college fraternities at Amherst College up through Massachusetts politics. After a divisive period of government excess and corruption, Coolidge restored national trust in Washington and achieved what few other peacetime presidents have: He left office with a federal budget smaller than the one he inherited. A man of calm discipline, he lived by example, renting half of a two-family house for his entire political career rather than compromise his political work by taking on debt. Renowned as a throwback, Coolidge was in fact strikingly modern—an advocate of women’s suffrage and a radio pioneer. At once a revision of man and economics, Coolidge gestures to the country we once were and reminds us of qualities we had forgotten and can use today.

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Examines America's thirtieth president, revealing a man who restored national trust in government, lived by example, suffered great tragedy, emphasized the importance of presidential humility, and inspired optimism.

Publisher: New York : Harper, c2013
Edition: 1st ed
ISBN: 9780061967559
Branch Call Number: B COOLIDGE,C
Characteristics: viii, 565 p., [16] p. of plates : ill. ; 24 cm


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Sep 24, 2014

Might as well read a childrens book or a comic version of Coolidge's life, as you will find out as much as this biography has to offer. This kind of fluff biograph represents new style of revisionist history to try to erase the direct blame for Coolidge being the president most responsible for the Great Depression. This book is triumph of PR spin that whitewashes one of the most lazy worthless presidents of modern US history.

hania4987 Sep 07, 2013

What a triumph for Amity Shlaes ... Silent Cal is not so silent! This a comprehensive biography that showcases the obscure (almost forgotten) President and explains the people and events that shaped his views and actions. He understood the power of the Presidency and the importance of using that power sparingly and judiciously. What a great role model of leadership for the 21st century.
Coolidge: It is difficult for men in high office to avoid the malady of self-delusion. They are always surrounded by worshipers. They are constantly, and for the most part sincerely, assured of their greatness.

Aug 13, 2013

Excellent read for someone like me who thought that the Presidents between Wilson and FDR were just keeping the White House warm. Also a very intimate portrait of an All-American New Englander, his family, political allies and adversaries.

Jul 09, 2013

A good and well written biography of a unappreciated and little known President.


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