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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (91 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Robert Sobel Narrator: Charles Bice Publisher: Regnery Publishing Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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In the first full-scale biography of Calvin Coolidge in a generation, Robert Sobel shatters the caricature of our 30th president as a silent, do-nothing leader.

Sobel instead exposes the real Coolidge, whose legacy as the most Jeffersonian of all 20th-century presidents still reverberates today. 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 demeanor, which came as a breath of fresh air after the scandal-ridden administration of Warren G. Harding. The sleaze that characterizes much of American political life today was absent in the Coolidge administration.

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  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Camille | 12/1/2013

    " The best biography of Coolidge of the three that I've read. I would love to see a the policies/philosophy of Coolidge contrasted with the current administration. It would present such a STARK contrast. I would totally read that. In fact, maybe I'll write that... "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Luke | 11/21/2013

    " Sobel's focus is split between a standard biography and an analysis of the perception of Coolidge then and now. This lack of focus makes the book as a whole quite scattershot, as biographical portions are often interrupted by the author's ruminations. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 by Love | 10/21/2013

    " If you have a libertarian attitude to government having a president like Coolidge who believes the president should do as little as possible in office might very well be a healthy thing. It does however not make for a terribly interesting biography. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Mark | 10/8/2013

    " The 20s roared in spite of CC, although the excesses caught up with his successor. "

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