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    Best Nonfiction Book for 2013

    A few reviews have said Bryson is too jocular. I'd say he's refreshingly vigorous, unpretentious and unportentous. Fascinating for anyone interested in sports (Babe Ruth to Jack Dempsey), politics (Coolidge and Hoover), crime (Capone, Sacco and Vanzetti), aviation (Lindbergh), business (Henry Ford and the speculators who quietly caused the 1929 crash), popular culture (movies, flagpole sitting, Prohibition, tv, Mount Rushmore) and much more. I was especially intrigued to see how different 1927 was from today, but also how similar, with the beginnings of celebrity culture in the mass media. I was shocked to learn of Lindbergh's dabblings with the racist theories of Eugenics, Henry Ford's anti-Semitism, and the great Mississippi Flood that year which outdid anything we've had since. Best of all, Bryson is incapable of being dull.
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    Surprisingly fascinating

    Bill Bryson is the master of making a potentially dry topic utterly compelling. The 1920's, as it turns out, was a crazy, astonishing, wild, corrupt, shocking. Bryson brings out the best of this era and reminds us that some things have changed immensely, and others, not at all. I highly recommend this book. I'm still shaking my head at what I didn't know about Henry Ford and Babe Ruth.
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    One Summer:America ,1927

    Great read. Good way to learn some history. Doesn't bog down the way a lot of history reads do. I've read it twice.
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