1920: The Year of the Six Presidents
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
The 1920 election took place on the heels of a pair of tragedies. World War I had ended not long before; the unsatisfying attempt by Preside ...more
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
by Stan Prager (June 4, 2016)
In an election year that at first glance seems unprecedented – the Republican nominee is not really a Republican, a woman is likely for the first time to head up a national ticket, and her stubborn rival for the Democratic nomination is not really a Democrat – I turned to historian David Pietrusza as a reminder that this is hardly the first Presidential electoral cycle branded with the air of the pecu ...more
In 1920, Woodrow Wilson was president. Teddy Roosevelt wanted to run for president but died before he could do so. Warren G. Harding and Calvin Coolidge ran on the republican ticket ...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
Imagine "6" very INTENSE Campaigners: six once-and-future presidents hoped to end up in the White House: Woodrow Wilson, Warren G. Harding, Calvin Coolidge, Franklin Delano Roosevelt, Herbert Hoover, and Theodore Roosevelt. It was an election that saw unprecedented levels of publicity. A GREAT Historical READ... ...more
An interesting read. But by 1920 only two were actual Presidents: Theodore Roosevelt and Wilson. One was the actual subject of the book, Harding. And the other were just Presidents to be: Cooledge, FDR and Hoover. A bit misleading and not all that dramatic as it lead on.
It is always remarkable to think about how different the world is only 100 years later. To think that Woodrow Wilson was able to cover up his complete inability to ac ...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
The six presidents comprise Wilson, the two Roosevelts, Herbert Hoover, Warren Harding and Calvin Coolidge.
"Wilson had suffered a stroke... and his health never fully recovered- and his judgment may have s ...more
If anything else, this book convinced me of the worth of Calvin Coolidge, whom, as a ...more
It was 1920, when six men who had been, were or would be president ran for the highest office.
Ex-president Theodore Roosevelt led the pack and was the favorite to get the Republican nomination. The very ill and very stubborn Woodrow Wilson wanted to run again to save his League of Nations. Also in the mix, eventual winner Warren G. Harding, his vice-president Calvin Coolidge, Herbert Hoover and Teddy’s cousin Franklin Roosevelt.
One unique aspect was, at the beginning, a brief bio of the "characters" being written about in the book to help set the stage, then, at the end of the book, a review of what happened to them after 1920. ...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