How fun that we are finally restoring Coolidge to his rightful place!
I have now read both books and Johnson's is far, far superior to Shlaes, who seems to have phoned it in. She probably wanted to write a history of the 1920s, rather than take Coolidge seriously.
I wonder if Amity covers the crash of 29. As I understand it, the bubble that burst was banks being too big, and not separating their interests - yes?
Coolidge was a hands off guy (conservative), and up until that point in history there was usually a recession/depression every 10-15 yrs.
I would like to learn more about that.
Coolidge was also very kind to his subordinates. He was the only president for 50 years either way who did or cared anything for the well-being of the (mostly black) White House staff. One of them would still talk about 'that nice Mr Coolidge' 40 years later.
I've been eagerly looking forward to this title. Just completed "High Tide of American Conservatism: Davis, Coolidge, and the 1924 Election (Amazon, which I highly recommend)" and now look forward to learning more about this massively underappreciated chief executive
OMG. A new hero for CPAC !! NO REGULATION !
Causing the Great Depression, putting economic assassin Mellon in charge of Treasury, and more... good choice here. Wonderful.
(Romney got away with driving head-on into Bishop Jean Vilnet in 1968. Coolidge gets his pass too.)
sorry to burst your bubbles here, but Amity's newest BFF along with his Treasury Secretary Andrew Mellon didn't do much of anything to stop the Stock Market bubble that blew up 8 months into Hoover's presidency. Now use a little logic here: the mythical "Coolidge Prosperity" just suddenly ended on Black Monday 1929 shortly after Magic Cal left office? Sorry, Cal left his successor holding the bag.
...and of course his Rime of the Ancient Mariner has always been a personal favorite.
Great book review, one of the better ones I've read at CJ.
This insightful review is right on the mark.
Can't wait to read this book! Coolidge actually is one of the best and most successful of our presidents. Had those who followed him built on what he began (Looking at you Hoover and FDR), the "great" depression would have either not happened or been a short recession.
Today's leadership needs to take a page from Coolidge's playbook. Federal spending will never save the nation. The federal government is doing far too much today. Its time to do what silent Cal did, say no!
Wish today's politicians would refuse the second term too.......