Calvin Coolidge: The American Presidents Series: The 30th President, 1923-1929
Macmillan, 2006 M12 26 - 224 pages
The austere president who presided over the Roaring Twenties and whose conservatism masked an innovative approach to national leadership
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“We were smack in the middle of the Roaring Twenties, with hip flasks, joy rides, and bathtub gin parties setting the social standards," wrote Edmund Starling, Coolidge's Secret Service agent and daily walking companion.
“His outward reticence and aloofness,” wrote Edmund Starling, perceptively, “were part of a protective shell." This reserve was evident to everyone who met him. Five feet nine inches tall, slender, with wispy sandy hair and a pallid ...
“Life was largely a mental experience” for him, Starling wrote. Stories and wry comments about Coo]iclge's taciturnity are legendary. One of the best known concerns the writer Dorothy Parker's reaction to his death, in 1933.
“He never smiled when he was telling a joke or making a witty remark," noted Starling.21 Coolidge matched this economy of speech with an economy of money——not just in the policies he promulgated but in his personal habits.
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LibraryThing ReviewUser Review - HistReader - LibraryThing
As a biography, this was easy to read and seems complete (this is my first biography of Calvin Coolidge). One thing that struck me was that I got the sense Mr. Greenberg was tamping or doing his best ... Read full review
LibraryThing ReviewUser Review - xieouyang - LibraryThing
This is a rather straightforward biography of our 30th President. The author does not seem to be very enthusiastic about his subject or his policies. The book is a reasonable introduction to the presidential term of Calvin Coolidge however. Read full review
1 Out of Plymouth Notch
2 On the Brink
3 The New President
4 Hitting His Stride
5 The Coolidge Prosperity
7 Getting Elected
8 Beyond Americas Shores