Coolidge: A Documentary Biography

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Calvin Coolidge: A Documentary Biography reveals the "album version" of President Calvin Coolidge, featuring extended excerpts and, indeed, often the entire texts of major Coolidge addresses-as well as presenting a host of other illuminating documents, authored both by or about America's vastly underrated thirtieth president. Calvin Coolidge: A Documentary Biography shines a searchlight on Silent Cal Coolidge's world and worldview as no previous book ever has.

It's all here:

* The opposites-attract love story of taciturn Cal Coolidge and his outgoing wife Grace Goodhue Coolidge.

* Jack Kennedy had his Irish Mafia, Jimmy Carter had his Georgia Mafia. The story of Frank Stearns, Dwight Morrow, and Calvin Coolidge's "Amherst Mafia."

* Phenomenal vote getter Coolidge won more offices than any other president. The secret of how this painfully shy man did it. His strong appeal to Democrats.

* The 1919 Boston Police Strike. How a city under siege ultimately makes Calvin Coolidge president.

* How a runaway 1920 GOP convention stampedes to nominate Coolidge for the vice-presidency.

* Unbelievable tragedy visits in July 1924 as Calvin Coolidge stands to become president in his own right--the death of his son Cal Jr.

* The Coolidge presidency: a partnership of three remarkable figures: Coolidge, Treasury Secretary Andrew Mellon, and Budget Director Herbert Lord.

* Coolidge vs. the Klan: reaching out to embattled minorities: Jews, blacks, Catholics.

* The gutsy Coolidge vetoes.* How Coolidge chose "not to run" in 1928.

Each entry also includes a revealing explanatory introduction by noted Coolidge scholar and award-winning author David Pietrusza.

The book is further augmented by:

* a Calvin Coolidge fact sheet.

* a comprehensive Coolidge bibliography.

* a detailed Coolidge time line.

* a photo insert plus illustrations throughout the text.

* an essay detailing recently discovered facts regarding the fabled Coolidge "Persistence" quote.

In addition to numerous key speeches and texts from Coolidge himself, the volume includes contemporary readings from:

* Bruce Barton

The Boston Herald

* Marion Leroy Burton

* First Lady Grace Goodhue Coolidge

* Vice President Charles G. Dawes

* Frederick H. Gillett

* Al Jolson

* Walter Lippmann

* Judge Wallace McCamant

* Treasury Secretary Andrew W. Mellon

* Dwight W. Morrow

* Alexandra Carlisle Pfeiffer

* H. I. Phillips

The Pittsburgh Courier

* Theodore Roosevelt

* C. Bascom Slemp

* Frank W. Stearns

* R. M. Washburn


"Calvin Coolidge was one of the greatest presidents of the 20th century and is certainly the most underrated. This book, compiled by one of my favorite historians, will give readers a full appreciation of why Silent Cal's wisdom shines like a beacon through the fog of historical amnesia."

-Jonah Goldberg, author of Liberal Fascism

"an authority on the 1920s and [Calvin] Coolidge . . . David Pietrusza has brought Coolidge back to life with his volumes about the president . . ."

-Amity Shlaes

About the author

Praised as one "of the best historians in the United States," "one of the great political historians of all time," and "the undisputed champion of chronicling American Presidential campaigns." David Pietrusza has produced a number of critically-acclaimed works concerning 20th century American history. 

Pietrusza has edited three volumes on the career and works of Calvin Coolidge: "Silent Cal's Almanack: The Homespun Wit & Wisdom of Vermont's Calvin Coolidge," "Calvin Coolidge: A Documentary Biography," and "Coolidge on the Founders: Calvin Coolidge on the American Revolution & the Founding Fathers." Says Amity Shlaes: "an authority on the 1920s and [Calvin] Coolidge . . . David Pietrusza has brought Coolidge back to life with his volumes about the president . . ."

He has been interviewed on NPR, MSNBC, C-SPAN (including "The Contenders" and "First Ladies: Influence & Image"), C-SPAN Book TV (including "In Depth"), C-SPAN American History TV, ESPN, the Fox News Channel, the History Channel ("The Ultimate Guide to the Presidents"), the American Heroes Channel ("Mafia's Greatest Hits"), the John Batchelor Show, the Hugh Hewitt Show, EBRU-TV, GBTV, the Voice of America, Newsmax TV, "Secrets of New York," the Fox Sports Channel ("Baseball's Golden Age"), and Compound Media. He has produced and wrote the PBS-affiliate documentary, "Local Heroes."

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