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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... were the economic policies he pursued, which helped maintain a robust prosperity for his five and a half years in off1ce— but also contributed to the crash and Great Depression that followed. Reagan remembered only the upside.
A believer in the regnant economic orthodoxy of Say's Law—the notion, propounded by the French economist Jean-Baptiste Say, that supply creates its own demand—Coolidge held that industrial productivity, by generating prosperity, ...
The consumer economy was enshrining a habit of self-definition based on pleasure, leisure, and personal choice, displacing an older ethic of ascetic living and pride in one's craft. Sitting aloof from it all in Washington, ...
Others called it the Coolidge Prosperity.11 Notwithstanding his largely top-down conception of political economy, Coolidge took pride in the middle class's acquisition of new amenities and its apparent attainment of the good life.
“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