Coolidge: An American Enigma

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Regnery Publishing, Aug 1, 2000 - Biography & Autobiography - 462 pages
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In the first full-scale biography of Calvin Coolidge in a generation, Robert Sobel shatters the caricature of our thirtieth president as a silent, do-nothing leader. Sobel delves into the record to show how Coolidge cut taxes four times, had a budget surplus every year in office, and cut the national debt by a third in a period of unprecedented economic growth. Though his list of accomplishments is impressive, Calvin Coolidge was perhaps best known and most respected by his contemporaries for his character. Americans in the 1920s embraced Coolidge for his upstanding character, which came as a breath of fresh air after the scandal-ridden administration of Warren G. Harding. Through research and analysis, Sobel reveals Coolidge's clear record of political successes and delivers the message that Coolidge had for our time - a message that speaks directly to our most important political debates. Coolidge's legacy is his deeds, not his words - which is exactly how he would have chosen to be remembered by history.
  

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Review: Coolidge: An American Enigma

User Review  - Erez Davidi - Goodreads

Nowadays, Coolidge is mostly remembered as the president who was pro big business as is supposedly evident from his famous phrase, "the chief business of America is business." Coolidge is also ... Read full review

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User Review  - Frank Stein - Goodreads

A very workmanlike biography, which provides the reader with just what they want to know and little else. Frankly, I was a little surprised that the book was so straightforward and balanced, because ... Read full review

Contents

Meet Calvin Coolidge
3
Growing Up
17
Law and Politics
45
To the Statewide Scene
71
Governor Coolidge
103
The Boston Police Strike
133
The Nominee
159
Vice President
193
In His Own Right
273
Domestic Affairs
309
Foreign Relations
339
The Last Year
359
Retirement
389
Notes
421
Selected Bibliography
435
Index
445

President
229

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About the author (2000)

Robert Sobel was a financial historian and Lawrence Stressin Distinguished Professor Emeritus of Business History at Hofstra University and the author of numerous books on finance, including" IBM: Colossus in Transition" and "The Pursuit of Wealth," He died in June 1999.

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