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One Summer: America, 1927 av Bill Bryson
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One Summer: America, 1927 (urspr publ 2013; utgåvan 2013)

av Bill Bryson

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Bryson examines closely the events and personalities of the summer of 1927 when America's story was one of brawling adventure, reckless optimism and delirious energy.
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Titel:One Summer: America, 1927
Författare:Bill Bryson
Info:Doubleday (2013), Edition: First Edition, Hardcover, 528 pages
Samlingar:Ditt bibliotek
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Taggar:American history, Charles Lindbergh, Babe Ruth, 1920's

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Very good with the typical Bryson wit. This book really had a lot of interesting historical information and some very pertinent to today's world. Hint: America First is not a new slogan. ( )
  Rick686ID | Jan 27, 2021 |
Frumos mai povestește nenea ăsta! De multă vreme n-am mai savurat așa o carte, cu fiecare pagină... ( )
  SebastianMihail | Jul 16, 2020 |
Last Christmas I gave you my heart, and the very next day you gave me a History Channel day-by-day calendar. So thanks for that. The History Channel itself may infamously not feature much history these days, but the calendar is pretty good. Each day reveals some important historical event that happened on that very day, some years ago. Today, for example, January 28th, is the anniversary of the Challenger disaster; yesterday was exactly five years since J.D Salinger's death; two days ago marked the 177th anniversary of Tennessee passing the first prohibition law. They're not all miserable, but they are mostly about America and Americans. That's not surprising given the calendar's makers, but it is something of a shame. Europe is, as Eddie Izzard put it, “where the history comes from.” American history is great, but there's just not that much of it compared to the Old World.

Or at least, that's what I used to think. Until I read One Summer by Bill Bryson. I'm pretty sure the History Channel could issue a day-by-day calendar much like mine, with an interesting historical fact corresponding to each day, except every fact comes from America and from 1927. And I'm pretty sure they could do this for many, many years without running out of daily facts. When the Second British Empire reclaims the American colonies in 2137 and some academic is writing The Complete History of the USA, 1776–2137, I'm pretty sure he'll write it in three volumes: everything before 1927, everything after 1927, and sitting in the middle he may as well just copy and paste all of Bill Bryson's book. It'll be out of copyright by then, and I doubt anyone could do a better job of capturing all that was magnificent and terrible about that amazing year than this book has already done. ( )
1 rösta imlee | Jul 7, 2020 |
Last Christmas I gave you my heart, and the very next day you gave me a History Channel day-by-day calendar. So thanks for that. The History Channel itself may infamously not feature much history these days, but the calendar is pretty good. Each day reveals some important historical event that happened on that very day, some years ago. Today, for example, January 28th, is the anniversary of the Challenger disaster; yesterday was exactly five years since J.D Salinger's death; two days ago marked the 177th anniversary of Tennessee passing the first prohibition law. They're not all miserable, but they are mostly about America and Americans. That's not surprising given the calendar's makers, but it is something of a shame. Europe is, as Eddie Izzard put it, “where the history comes from.” American history is great, but there's just not that much of it compared to the Old World.

Or at least, that's what I used to think. Until I read One Summer by Bill Bryson. I'm pretty sure the History Channel could issue a day-by-day calendar much like mine, with an interesting historical fact corresponding to each day, except every fact comes from America and from 1927. And I'm pretty sure they could do this for many, many years without running out of daily facts. When the Second British Empire reclaims the American colonies in 2137 and some academic is writing The Complete History of the USA, 1776–2137, I'm pretty sure he'll write it in three volumes: everything before 1927, everything after 1927, and sitting in the middle he may as well just copy and paste all of Bill Bryson's book. It'll be out of copyright by then, and I doubt anyone could do a better job of capturing all that was magnificent and terrible about that amazing year than this book has already done. ( )
1 rösta leezeebee | Jul 6, 2020 |
With Bill Bryson, a lack of focus is actually an asset. He is always at his best when he is allowed to ramble in his books, moving from one topic to another, wherever his interests take him. “One Summer: America 1927” (2013) is just such a book.

So much was going on in America during the summer of 1927 that Bryson is free to ramble at will, turning up fascinating stories and trivia wherever he turns. This was the summer Babe Ruth hit 60 homes runs (and Lou Gehrig almost as many), Charles Lindbergh flew across the Atlantic, Gene Tunney beat Jack Dempsey, Henry Ford introduced the Model A, Al Capone became the most powerful man in Chicago, Walt Disney introduced Mickey Mouse to the world, silent movies reached their peak with “Wings” just as talkies burst upon the scene, Sacco and Vanzetti were executed and on and on.

And so Bryson wanders from flagpole sitters to the severe flooding that covered much of the Midwest in water that summer to the invention of hot dogs to flappers to Prohibition. He tells us that Babe Ruth spent his first paycheck on a bicycle. The IQ test was designed to determine stupidity, not intelligence. The Rockettes were originally called the Roxyettes after Roxy Rothafel, founder of the Roxy theaters.

There is never a dull moment reading these nearly 500 pages. It makes one wonder what someone like Bryson might someday be able to write about the wild year 2020, with the impeachment of one president, the scandal uncovered in the administration of the previous president and the virus that shut down not just the country but the entire world. Bryson himself is too close to these events, hardly objective enough to do them justice. But 90 years from now, give or take, some writer will give it a go and amaze readers with the wonder of it all. Let's hope this writer will be the equal of Bill Bryson. ( )
  hardlyhardy | May 28, 2020 |
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On a warm spring evening just before Easter 1927, people who lived in tall buildings in New York were given pause when the wooden scaffolding around the tower of the brand new Sherry-Netherland Apartment Hotel caught fire and it became evident that the city's firemen lacked any means to get water to such a height.
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