1920: The Year of the Six Presidents
After reading the Presidents’ Club seeing how President Truman created enduring friendships among the living presidents I wonder if he saw the animosity of the 1920’s group ...more
David Pietrusza's remarkable new book “1920: The Year of Six Presidents” is exactly the way history should be written. It is riveting, involving, fil ...more
But in his book, 1920: The Year of the Six Presidents, author and historian David Pietruza brings the America of that year back to life a ...more
Then Republican promise Teddy Roosevelt passes away; leaving the delegates lost on their next move for the Presidency.
Incredible detail on both the Republican and Democratic...(and Socialist) primaries of 1919. A good indication of how the primaires function as more of a groupthink and ...more
The author does a fine job of laying the landscape and developing the principals. Also, he provides excellent background on the suffrage movement (1920 was the first year women were provided the right to vote).
The descriptions of the conventions was also very enjoyable.
A well-written, easily read history of an important time in American history. The interbell ...more
For each of the major characters he does a background piece - how he got to 1920. TR seemed to be setting himself up to run in 1920 but died in 1919 - but his politics heavily influenced how the process for the GOP nomi ...more
In New York, Al Smith ran for re-election as governor, handily defeating...more
Theodore Roosevelt Jr., who had replaced Franklin as Assistant Secretary of the
Navy. Eleanor Roosevelt ... installed a giant teapot (for Teapot Dome) atop her
car and campaign
Theodore Roosevelt: TR was the choice of Republicans everywhere entering the 1920 election. He would achieve the greatness of a then unprecedented third term. The only t ...more
The beauty of reading history is in seeing the present with clearer eyes. Pietrusza, a historian with a fairly thin pedigree, tells a story of a precise moment in time when the lives of six American Presidents intersect in a political campaign. Yet, that moment casts light on the profound contradictions in our na ...more
1920: The Year of Six Presidents
By David Pietrusza
Paperback Edition. 2008. 553 pp. Basic Books
In 1920, the United States was weary from the first World War and leaning towards isolationism after spending most of Woodrow Wilson's Presidential term focused on foreign turmoil. After two terms in the White House, Wilson was a broken man, unpopular with most Americans, despised by his Republican opponents, and an invalid thanks to stroke that nearly kille
As is usually true, real history is more interesting than speculation. For instance, ...more
FDR headed up a committee while under sec. of navy to investigate homosexual sailors in Rhode Island, considered at the time moral turpitude. The controversy involed undercover agents, young men, to engage in anything necessary to conduct investigation, i.e be a queer themselves. Strange how that issue has completely reversed for Dems.
Woodrow Wilson-pretentious, egotistical, high minded. This guy thought he was God's gift to government. Former college professor.
What I found most interesting was the way that the six presidents were drawn together. In reality only four played important roles as Teddy Roosevelt passed away early and Woodro ...more
His book "1960: LBJ vs JFK vs Nixon: The Epic Campaign that Forged Three Presidencies" was named by ForeWord Magazine as among the best political biographies.
Pietrusza's "1920: The Year of the Six Presidents" received a Kirkus starred review, was honored as a Kirkus "Best Books of 2007" tit...more