One Summer: America, 1927

By Bill Bryson
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One Summer by Bill Bryson is a captivating and meticulously researched non-fiction book that transports readers back to the summer of 1927, a pivotal year in American history. Bryson skillfully weaves together a multitude of stories, characters, and events, providing a fascinating account of this extraordinary period.

From aviation to politics, sports to entertainment, Bryson delves into the major milestones and highlights of the summer. He unravels the mysteries and scandals surrounding Charles Lindbergh's historic solo flight across the Atlantic, exploring the euphoria and public obsession that ensued.

The book also examines the birth of tabloid journalism, with Bryson shedding light on the captivating stories of infamous personalities like Babe Ruth, Al Capone, and Calvin Coolidge. He exposes the darker side of society during this era, including rampant racism, the rise of organized crime, and the scandalous trial of anarchists Nicola Sacco and Bartolomeo Vanzetti.

While uncovering these significant events, Bryson never loses sight of the small, yet meaningful, details that bring this era to life. He paints a vivid picture of the cultural and technological changes happening at the time – the advent of radio, the growing influence of advertising, the transformation of cities, and the changing roles of women.

With his trademark wit and storytelling prowess, Bryson combines historical analysis with engaging anecdotes, ensuring that One Summer is an enthralling read from start to finish. This book offers a compelling narrative of a defining summer that shaped America's future and left an indelible mark on its society and culture.
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