Audible is proud to present an exclusive preview of the new book by Britain’s favourite writer of narrative non-fiction, Bill Bryson. Narrated by the man himself, One Summer takes you to the summer when America came of age, took centre stage, and changed the world forever. Here, in chapter 4, Bryson takes a closer look at the birth of flappers, the call for skyscrapers able to accommodate the docking of giant dirigibles, and the double peril of illegal saloons and ‘hot movies’.
In the summer of 1927, America had a booming stock market, a president who worked just four hours a day, a semi-crazed sculptor with a plan to carve four giant heads into a 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.
It was the summer of the first talking pictures, the invention of television, the peak of Al Capone's reign of terror, the ill-conceived decision that led to the Great Depression, and the thrillingly improbable return to greatness of a wheezing, over-the-hill baseball player named Babe Ruth.
With an unforgettable cast of personalities, Bill Bryson spins a story of brawling adventure, reckless optimism and delirious energy. What a country; what a summer; and what a writer to bring it all so vividly to life.
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