ONE SUMMER: AMERICA 1927
Publisher: UK & US - Doubleday
Publication Date: 26/09/2013
Translation Rights Only
Germany - Goldmann Verlag GmbH
Germany - Goldmann Verlag GmbH
Chinese Mainland, ex Taiwan, HongKong & Macau - Cheers Publishing Company - Beijing
Korea - Kachi Publishing Co.
Italy - Ugo Guanda Editore S.r.l.
The Netherlands - Uitgeverij Atlas-Contact
Norway - Gyldendal Norsk Forlag
Japan - Hakusuisha Publishing Co.., Ltd.
Russia - AST
About the book:In the summer of 1927, America had a booming stock market, a president who worked just four hours a day (and slept much of the rest of the time), a semi-crazed sculptor with a mad plan to carve four giant heads into an inaccessible mountain called Rushmore, a devastating flood of the Mississippi, a sensational murder trial, and a youthful aviator named Charles Lindbergh who started the summer wholly unknown and finished it as the most famous man on earth. (So famous that Minnesota considered renaming itself after him.)
It was the summer that saw the birth of talking pictures, the invention of television, the peak of Al Capone's reign of terror, the horrifying bombing of a school in Michigan by a madman, the ill-conceived decision that led to the Great Depression, the thrillingly improbable return to greatness of a wheezing, over-the-hill baseball player named Babe Ruth, and an almost impossible amount more.
In this hugely entertaining book, Bill Bryson spins a story of brawling adventure, reckless optimism and delirious energy, with an unforgettable cast of vivid and eccentric personalities.
'Britain's favourite writer of narrative non-fiction Bill Bryson travels back in time to a forgotten summer when America came of age, took centre stage and, in five eventful months, changed the world for ever ... In this hugely entertaining book, Bill Bryson spins a story of brawling adventure, reckless optimism and delirious energy, with a cast of unforgettable and eccentric characters, with his trademark brio, wit and authority.'
‘In 1927 America was the richest country on Earth but it was gripped by moral decline. As Bill Bryson reveals in a new book charting how the US created the modern age, it took one man’s pioneering heroics to restore the nation’s self-belief’
The Sunday Times
‘A classic Bill Bryson sentence flies like a curveball, never landing where you’d expect … Bryson is a master of the sidelong, a man who can turn obscurity into hilarity with seemingly effortless charm – and One Summer: America 1927 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 diversions in every roadside stop.’
‘It’s a brilliant idea for a book, because Bryson now had the excuse to do what he does best: tell little biographies of historical figures, recount stories, paint world pictures and make witty asides. The result is a gripping slice of history with all sorts of reverberant echoes of today … Bryson, the travel writer turned nonfiction impresario, has now invented a new genre of non-fiction: 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.’
‘A series of loosely interconnected anecdotes rattled off by a gifted raconteur … breezily written, conversational and humorous’
‘Readers of Bryson’s lacerating early travelogues may be surprised by the genial, reflective tone of One Summer’
The Daily Telegraph
‘In anyone else’s hands, it should be said, this book could be an almighty mess –a circus without a ringmaster. But 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. Bryson moves his cast of colourful characters around with such silky efficiency … [people will] flock to buy One Summer, surely the most sublime distraction published this year.’
The New 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, such as science or linguistics. With this book, he proves once again that he is able to juggle any number of different balls … and create spellbinding patterns while never letting a single one drop.
He is wonderfully adept at the nutshell portrait: indeed, he treats the nutshell like a ballroom, conveying a vast amount in a tiny number of words … Has history ever been so enjoyable?’
Craig Brown Chosen Critic of the Year, Event
‘It was, writes Bryson, quite simply “one hell of a summer”, and he guides the reader through its great events at dizzying pace, zipping from state to state and incident to incident in his familiar informative and conversational style … All the narrative threads Bryson follows to bring the summer of 1927 back to life are immaculately researched and lit up by his marvelous anecdotal and descriptive skills.’
‘One Summer wins you over by the sheer weight of its encyclopedic enthusiasm’
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