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A number of book clubs have asked why COOLIDGE might be of interest.
Here are several answers:
Coolidge's life tells governments and families how to budget, and explores the link. The Coolidges got twin lion cubs and named them Budget Bureau and Tax Reduction. That is all you ...more
Coolidge himself is a remarkable man and provides a very interesting biography. A great speaker and the first president to make a radio address, he was better known as "Silent Cal." The story goes that a din ...more
Despite Amity Shlaes hitting all the requisites for a good biography, Calvin Coolidge has earned a spot on my meh list (though, rumor has it, such lists are, themselves now considered ’meh’). Maybe I was biased by his little stern, lipless face but he just never struck me as being all that likable.
I’m by no means an anomaly in my tepid response to Silent Cal. It seems that, back in the day, Amherst College had quite the Greek Life going (surprising unto itself). However (and you’ll have to excu
It was a hundred years ago, more or less, when this story of Calvin Coolidge played out. Yet, reading this, I felt at times as if I had turned on CNN.
- An anarchist’s bomb in a horse-drawn cart explodes outside J.P. Morgan’s headquarters with many deaths. A far greater explosion than any of the in ...more
We have a tendency to celebrate leaders - and Presidents - who are doers. In that sense, Amity Shales' "Coolidge" is truly a sequel to her last book, the genuinely excellent "The Forgotten Man." In that book she argued that Franklin Roosevelt - though he remains one of America's most-venerated Presidents - did more harm than good in trying to combat the Depression through his policy of "bold, persistent experimentation", which resulted in wild swings of government ...more
So what? Granted, I don't believe his policies (or probably Hoovers for that matter) caused the Great Depression but they sure didn't help and were ultimately ...more
Coolidge’s vice president was Charles Dawes. Dawes served as America’s Controller of Currency which charters, regulates, ...more
Coolidge came to national attention by firing the Boston Policeman that were striking for better wages in 1919. Everyone (including Coolidge) agreed the Boston Police were underpaid at the time. Workers had not had wage increases during the First World War, but the war had produced inflation, so prices had gone up. B ...more
In short, there is more to silent Cal — as he was nicknam ...more
The author makes the point throughout this terrific book that Coolidge was principled and had a strong character by resisting public pressure to "do ...more
The weakest point, and it pervades the entire book, is a narrow prism of how Coolidge's actions and policies are viewed. One can definitely get a sense of the author's own pol ...more
As the country’s 30th President, Coolidge’s primary goal was to reduce the 3.3 billion dollar budget and the 28 billion dollar national debt, which was mostly incurred by World War I.
The difference in the billion-trillion numbers boggles budget conscious mind!
Many people could identify a P ...more
Coolidge was successively governor of Massachusetts, Vice P ...more
Calvin Coolidge was always one of those presidents who was a name on the list of presidents who otherwise seemed unmemorable. Especially in a time of a president who dominates the news coverage, Coolidge might come as a pleasant breath of fresh air--someone who cared more for deeds than words, and sometimes influenced more by what he did not do. Perhaps he is not better known simply bec ...more
Alongside key allies inside his cabinet, he led a genuine and effective drive for thrift in government and steadfastly resisted the growing clamour for expansion. He successfully enacted ...more
First off, Coolidge is just not that exciting a subject to begin with. His personal life prior to politics ha ...more
“Coolidge” is Amity Shlaes’s 2013 bestselling biography of the thirtieth president. Shlaes is a former editor at The Wall Street Journal and a former columnist for the Financial Times and Bloomberg magazine. She is currently chair of the board of trustees for the Calvin Coolidge Presidential Foundation and author of “The Forgotten Man: A New History of the Great Depression.”
Often remembered for his impassive demeanor and cold frugality, Coolidge finds hims ...more
Coolidge was in the class of Presidents who were distinguished for character more than for heroic achievements.
The little dude from Vermont ended up being wedged between Harding and Hoover, yet another example of the Americans producing the right man at the right time. Harding had b ...more
First, this is very much a political biography. While there's plenty about his family and his life before politics, it's all framed within the context of his politics and political career. ...more
While it helps to be a history buff, that is not a pre-req for enjoying this deeply researched, well crafted work.
Calvin Coolidge was a smart, loyal, hard working, scandal free, loving man from that Green Mountain state, Vermont. He meets challenges at Amherst College, finds his niche as a detail minded lawyer, enters public life and succeed ...more
"Nothing in this world can take the place of persistence. Talent will not; nothing is more common than unsuccessful men with talent. Genius will not; unrewarded genius is almost a proverb. Education will not; the world is full of educated derelicts. Persistence and determination are omnipotent."
Examples of this spin include stating that Wilson was fixating on the League of Nations and facilitating when it came to the Boston police strike, leaving Coolidge as the sole leader in that crisis,yet applauding Coolidge, "in a test of federalism", for not traveling to Mississippi or Vermont d ...more
Shlaes writes a column for Forbes, and served as a nationally syndicated columnist for over a decade, first at the Financial Times, then at Bloomberg. Earlier, she worked at the Wall Street Journal, where she was a member of the editorial board. She is the author of "Coolidge," "The Forgotten Ma ...more