One Summer by Bill Bryson
I read One Summer by Bill Bryson in February 2016
The summer of 1927 was an extraordinary summer in America. Charles Lindbergh was the first one to fly non-stop across the pacific ocean, Babe Ruth was hitting home-runs like never before, America was the center of the world. The richest, most powerful country that ever existed. The stock market was booming, the future looked promising.
The summer of 1927 was the summer of hope, the summer of celebration, the summer of joy. It was the summer of the great rivalry between Babe Ruth and Lou Gerhig, the summer when the US caught up with Europe in terms of aviation. 1927 was the summer for optimists. But it was also the summer of Al Capone, of organised crime, a summer with a murder rate much higher than today.
In One Summer, Bryson captures the feel, the atmosphere that prevailed in 1927. He manages to find the interesting anecdotes from that year, find the captivating stories. One Summer is both a history book and a book about America, a country about to take over the world.
I have always found Bryson’s way of writing to my liking. His books are well written, interesting, educational, captivating. Bryson has a way of getting you hooked early on, then holding your attention for the rest of the book. The books are also easy to read, the pages seem to rush past you.
Bryson has done his research and found many a fun and interesting anecdote from the summer. The book is packed with information about events in America that summer, but the book does not get boring. The stories told are interesting, informative and follows the previous story in a logical fashion.
One Summer is a great read, a book that captures the US of the 1920s. Not only educational, it is also entertaining. You won’t regret picking this book up.
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