By Robert Sobel
In the 1st full-scale biography of Calvin Coolidge in a iteration, Robert Sobel shatters the cartoon of our 30th president as a silent, do-nothing chief. Sobel delves into the checklist to teach how Coolidge lower taxes 4 instances, had the cheap surplus each year in place of work, and lower the nationwide debt via a 3rd in a interval of remarkable monetary growth.
Though his checklist of accomplishments is outstanding, Calvin Coolidge used to be might be most sensible identified and most dear via his contemporaries for his personality. american citizens within the Nineteen Twenties embraced Coolidge for his upstanding personality, which got here as a breath of unpolluted air after the scandal-ridden management of Warren G. Harding. via examine and research, Sobel unearths Coolidge's transparent checklist of political successes and promises the message that Coolidge had for our time—a message that speaks on to our most crucial political debates. Coolidge's legacy is his deeds, now not his words—which is strictly how he might have selected to be remembered through historical past.
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He took Papa’s pouch and poured the little yellow specks onto his scale. What Papa dug up last week came to five dollars’ worth, much less than what he could have earned doctoring. I watched his face for disappointment, but there was none. He smiled enough that his mustache lifted, then he looked at us. ” The store had a basket of straw out front with fresh hen eggs, ten dollars a dozen. Papa looked at the coins in his hand, then went inside. He pointed to a crate sitting on the floor. It was filled with what looked like oranges, but they were blue!
Such a happy reunion. We had parted two months ago thinking we would never see one another again. We were surprised she has learned more English, and also surprised to see that she is going to have a baby! Her brothers are placer-mining along this fork of the river and up some nearby creeks. Rosita’s husband, Tomás, called hello and waved us over to where he stood ankle-deep in the stream. He and another man have built a wooden box about three feet long with ridges in the bottom, like a washboard.
But he was on his back with dead staring eyes. We were so startled that not until he drifted beyond our reach did we see the knife in his chest. We screamed for Papa. Now it is evening. Nothing is known about the miner except that he was murdered and his killer 44 hasn’t been caught. One of his friends has been showing around the knife, but no one has seen it before. MONDAY, THE 16TH OF APRIL I have been too busy to write. Papa and the Captain are building us a cabin! It has taken three days for them to chop the trees and cut grooves for corners, but now the walls are going up.
Coolidge: An American Enigma by Robert Sobel