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Change was happening. Women won the vote, newsreel coverage expanded, and the expansion of individual, mass-produced consumerist material culture occurred across the country. As Wilson, Harding, Coolidge, Hoover, Teddy Roosevelt, and Franklin Roosevelt battled for the White House, their tactics and campaigns provides a uniquely fascinating cross-section of American life in 1920. 553 pages, softcover.

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Format: Paperback
Vendor: Basic Books
Publication Date: 2008
ISBN: 0786721022
ISBN-13: 9780786721023

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Publisher's Description

The presidential election of 1920 was among history's most dramatic. Six once-and-future presidents-Wilson, Harding, Coolidge, Hoover, and Teddy and Franklin Roosevelt-jockeyed for the White House. With voters choosing between Wilson's League of Nations and Harding's front-porch isolationism, the 1920 election shaped modern America. Women won the vote. Republicans outspent Democrats by 4 to 1, as voters witnessed the first extensive newsreel coverage, modern campaign advertising, and results broadcast on radio. America had become an urban nation: Automobiles, mass production, chain stores, and easy credit transformed the economy. 1920 paints a vivid portrait of America, beset by the Red Scare, jailed dissidents, Prohibition, smoke-filled rooms, bomb-throwing terrorists, and the Klan, gingerly crossing modernity's threshold.

Author Bio

David Pietrusza has written or edited ore than thirty books. His previous book, Rothstein: The Life, Times, and Murder of the Criminal Genius Who Fixed the 1919 World Series, was nominated for the Mystery Writers of America Edgar Award in the Best Fact Crime category. An expert on the 1920s, Pietrusza has served on the Board of Directors of the Calvin Coolidge Memorial Foundation. He lives in upstate New York.

Editorial Reviews

"A hugely fascinating episode in American history, told with insight and great humor, by an author in command of his subject."—Kirkus Review, starred review
"Absorbing...a broad, satisfying political and social history."—Publishers Weekly
"In 1920: The Year of Six Presidents, writer David Pietrusza shows the right way to pull together disparate characters into a coherent narrative...this book portrays an America that has stopped looking backward and has begun to craft a new country and a new world role."—Washington Times
"A terrific and fun read."—Bloomberg Radio
"[A] campaign like no other before or since. David Pietrusza... builds the suspense of the 1920 campaign so effectively that the reader easily suspends, for the moment, knowledge of the outcome, as if it were still about to happen."—The Weekly Standard
"A colorful, nonacademic account.... Most of all, there are characters. Pietrusza draws them sharply: the imperious Wilson, the obliging Harding, the dour and honest Coolidge and the ambitious and dissembling Franklin Roosevelt. Fans of political history will enjoy this book."—Seattle Times
"Fascinating and compelling.... Highly recommended."—Library Journal
"An ably popular treatment that fans of campaign histories will enjoy."—Booklist
"More than just a story of six men who either already had been president or would be, this is the story of America as it moved into the modern age."—Denver Post
"A very vivid portrait of each of these presidents."—Ann Compton, ABC News
"Sweeping and original."—The History Book Club

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