1920: The Year of the Six Presidents

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Basic Books, Apr 21, 2009 - History - 240 pages
The presidential election of 1920 was among history's most dramatic. Six once-and-future presidents-Wilson, Harding, Coolidge, Hoover, and Teddy and Franklin Roosevelt-jockeyed for the White House. With voters choosing between Wilson's League of Nations and Harding's front-porch isolationism, the 1920 election shaped modern America. Women won the vote. Republicans outspent Democrats by 4 to 1, as voters witnessed the first extensive newsreel coverage, modern campaign advertising, and results broadcast on radio. America had become an urban nation: Automobiles, mass production, chain stores, and easy credit transformed the economy. 1920 paints a vivid portrait of America, beset by the Red Scare, jailed dissidents, Prohibition, smoke-filled rooms, bomb-throwing terrorists, and the Klan, gingerly crossing modernity's threshold.
 

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5467. 1920 The Year of Six Presidents, by David Pietrusza (read 6 May 2017) I read with much enjoyment this author's book on the 1960 election and his book on the 1948 election. Those were banner ... Read full review

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Lousy, tangential title. Started off slow, and prose is in the style of an over-excited history teacher trying to make "our little drama" hip to his students. However, as the story took shape, and the ... Read full review

Contents

THE GREATEST LIVING CHAMPION OF WATER
CONVICT NO 9653
A GATHERING OF ASTEROIDS
A MOTHERS ADVICE IS ALWAYS SAFEST
BACK TO NORMAL
A PRETTY GOOD CONSTITUTION
WAKE UP ETHIOPIA
WARREN GAMALIEL HARDING IS NOT A WHITE MAN

HE IS CERTAINLY A WONDER
A TWENTIETHCENTURY APOLLO
CRIMINAL INTRIGUES EVERYWHERE
SUPERIOR BIOLOGIC VALUES
THE FUNERAL BAKE MEATS
A SAFE KIND OF LIBERAL
RED FEATHERS TIN BEARS AND CARDBOARD ORANGES
WARREN HARDING IS THE BEST OF THE SECOND RATERS
PERVERTS BY SPECIFIC ORDERS
IT WAS AN EARTHQUAKE
POWER MUST FAIL
FEAR ITSELF
Epilogue
Notes
Bibliography
Acknowledgements

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About the author (2009)

David Pietrusza has written or edited ore than thirty books. His previous book, Rothstein: The Life, Times, and Murder of the Criminal Genius Who Fixed the 1919 World Series, was nominated for the Mystery Writers of America Edgar Award in the Best Fact Crime category. An expert on the 1920s, Pietrusza has served on the Board of Directors of the Calvin Coolidge Memorial Foundation. He lives in upstate New York.

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