‘One Summer: America, 1927’ by Bill Bryson
May 9, 2014
Bill Bryson’s “One Summer: America, 1927,” details the various events that occurred in the United States in the summer of 1927.
However, Bryson takes the reader on a journey back to American life providing telling details, humor, outsized personalities and occasional weirdness.
His novel takes readers to historic events such as when Charles Lindbergh became the first man to cross the Atlantic, when Babe Ruth hit his record-setting home run, and when Al Capone held a tight grip on the illegal sale of alcohol.
Other events that his readers are taken back to include when the first true “talking picture,” Al Jolson’s “The Jazz Singer,” came out, a murder trial that became a huge tabloid sensation, and the massive relief efforts of the American South after the flooding of the Mississippi basin.