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One of the most admired nonfiction writers of our time retells the story of one truly fabulous year in the life of his native country, a fascinating and gripping narrative featuring such outsized American heroes as Charles Lindbergh, Babe Ruth, and yes Herbert Hoover, and a gallery of criminals (Al Capone), eccentrics (Shipwreck Kelly), and close-mouthed politicians (Calvin Coolidge).

It was the year Americans attempted and accomplished outsized things and came of age in a big, brawling manner. What a country. What a summer.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “Colorful, rollicking, and sweet, this is Bryson being Bryson. Which is to say: marvelous.”


  • “Bryson writes in a style as effervescent as the time itself…a wonderful romp…Bryson is best at deflating our nostalgia for the era, even as he upholds its importance.”

    New York Times Book Review

  • “A skillful lesson on the dynamics and personalities that shaped today’s America and on how far the country has evolved from a gaudy era fondly but imperfectly recalled.”

    Wall Street Journal

  • “As a historian, Bryson is the antithesis of stuffy. He’s a storyteller, pure and simple, and One Summer is a collection of a great many tales about people and events, centered on (but not limited to) a single season in a single year... Bryson could have written a book just as interesting about the summer of 1949 or 1913. That’s because his subject isn’t really a year. It’s human nature in all its odd and amazing array."

    Chicago Tribune

  • “What comes across clearest in Bryson’s lucid, lighthearted narrative is the pure energy and crazed optimism of the era. Sure, the rollicking party would end, but it was fun while it lasted—as is Bryson’s One Summer.”

    Minneapolis Star-Tribune

  • “Bryson will set you right in this canter through one summer of one year that…will seem more critical to American history than you might have reckoned before…[He] is a master of the sidelong, a man who can turn obscurity into hilarity with seemingly effortless charm—and One Summer is an entertaining addition to a body of work that is at its best when it celebrates the unexpected and the obscure…This is a jolly jalopy ride of a book; Bryson runs down the byways of American history and finds diversion in every roadside stop.”

    Financial Times

  • “Bryson is a marvelous historian, not only exhaustively accurate, but highly entertaining. If you avoid textbook histories because they seem too dry, pick up One Summer, or any other of Mr. Bryson’s books. They are intelligent delights.”

    Huffington Post

  • “A glorious look at one summer in America…Bryson offers delicious detail and breathtaking suspense about events whose outcomes are already known.”

    Booklist (starred review)

  • “Bill Bryson is a true master of popular narrative. Over the course of his career, he has bestowed a beautiful clarity on even the most recondite of subjects…With this book, he proves once again that he is able to juggle any number of different balls…while never letting a single one drop…Has history ever been so enjoyable?”

    Mail on Sunday (London)

  • “Few writers of nonfiction, and, let’s be honest, few enough writers of novels, can crack the narrative whip like Bryson. One Summer fairly whirls along…Full of exhilarating, fact-filled fun…Surely the most sublime distraction published this year.”

    Observer (London)

  • “A gripping slice of history with all sorts of reverberant echoes of today…Bryson, the travel writer turned nonfiction impresario, has now invented what may be an entirely new genre of nonfiction: the brief history of an era told through the biography of a summer. It is a book from which you can read many lessons or just revel in the writing.”

    Times (London)

  • “A fascinating snapshot of a season during which America, for better or worse, ushered in the modern world.”

    Sunday Times (London)

  • “A gifted raconteur…The book is filled with eccentric, flamboyant characters and memorable stories…Highly amusing.”

    Guardian (London)

  • “Bryson himself is captivated by the events of summer, 1927. And why not? They included Charles Lindbergh’s solo flight over the Atlantic, Sacco and Vanzetti’s execution, Gutzon Borglum’s start on the sculpting of Mt. Rushmore, the Dempsey-Carpentier fight, and Babe Ruth’s 60 home runs—all of which Bryson covers in characteristically sparkling prose.”

    Publishers Weekly

  • A New York Times Bestseller
  • An AudioFile Editors’ Pick, October 2013
  • A Publishers Weekly Bestseller
  • A USA Today Bestseller
  • A Washington Post Bestseller
  • An Amazon Top 100 Book of 2013
  • A Chicago Tribune Noteworthy Book of 2013
  • A GoodReads Readers’ Choice of 2013
  • A Washington Post Best Audiobook of 2013
  • A Los Angeles Times Bestseller
  • A 2013 Booklist Editors’ Choice for Adult Books
  • An NPR Bestseller
  • A 2014 Audie Award Finalist for Best History Narration
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