“Amity Shlaes has won a place in my heart and on my bookshelf.
She has the ability to take what could be cumbersome and present it in an engaging manner.
Coolidge came to Washington as vice president and moved into the White House in 1923 after the sudden death of President Warren Harding.
He later won the office himself and served until 1929.
The 30th president , he was nicknamed "Silent Cal"
Where he may have been seen as quiet and passive....I saw reserved, determined and a man of "honest resolve"
True, Shlaes , within Coolidge, expounds some of my philosophical leanings but I found a well researched, impressive biography.
Coolidge was hardly perfect but I was impressed that he avoided the "celebrity"
of the office, his principles were conservative and he effectively endorsed the concept: the creation of prosperity for Americans was dependent on individual responsibility, ambition, participation and character.
A fun fact: he was born on the Fourth Of July
Coolidge had won every race he ever contested from his first run for city councilman in 1898 to the governorship of Massachusetts in 1918, usually by astoundingly large margins.
"His combination of civility, effectiveness, standing by the law and, as president, tax cuts, budget balancing, and growth, was wildly popular with American voters...
When Calvin Coolidge died in 1933 The Wall Street Journal’s obituary stated:
“….In due time, the good fortune of the United States to have had such a man as Calvin Coolidge in just the years he filled the office will be more clearly realized than it has yet been."
I agree with Paul Ryan ..."a must-read for policymakers and citizens alike."
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