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Coolidge

著者: Amity Shlaes
出版商: New York : Harper, [2013]. ©2013
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Calvin Coolidge, who served as president from 1923 to 1929, never rated highly in polls. The shy Vermonter, nicknamed "Silent Cal," has long been dismissed as quiet and passive. History has remembered the decade in which he served as a frivolous, extravagant period predating the Great Depression. Now Amity Shlaes shows that the mid-1920s was, in fact, a triumphant period that established our modern way of life: the  再读一些...
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类型/形式: Biography
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提及的人: Calvin Coolidge; Calvin Coolidge; Calvin Coolidge
材料类型: 传记
文档类型 图书
所有的著者/提供者: Amity Shlaes
ISBN: 9780061967559 0061967556
OCLC号码: 808244770
描述: viii, 565 pages, [14] pages of plates : illustrations ; 24 cm
内容: Snowbound --
The ouden --
Determination --
The Roosevelt way --
War --
The strike --
The reign of law --
Normalcy --
"A most insignificant office" --
The budget --
The siege and the spruce --
The flood and the flier --
Decision at Rushmore --
Coolidge agonistes --
The shield and the book --
Coda: The blessing.
责任: Amity Shlaes.

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Calvin Coolidge, who served as president from 1923 to 1929, never rated highly in polls. The shy Vermonter, nicknamed "Silent Cal," has long been dismissed as quiet and passive. History has remembered the decade in which he served as a frivolous, extravagant period predating the Great Depression. Now Amity Shlaes shows that the mid-1920s was, in fact, a triumphant period that established our modern way of life: the nation electrified, Americans drove their first cars, and the federal deficit was replaced with a surplus. Although Coolidge was sometimes considered old-fashioned, he was the most modern of presidents, advancing not only the automobile trade but also aviation, through his spirited support of Charles Lindbergh. Coolidge's discipline and composure, Shlaes reveals, represented not weakness but strength. First as governor of Massachusetts then as president, Coolidge proved unafraid to take on the divisive issues of this crucial period: reining in public-sector unions, unrelentingly curtailing spending, and rejecting funding for new interest groups. Perhaps more than any other president, Coolidge understood that doing less could yield more. He reduced the federal budget during his time in office even as the economy grew, wages rose, tax rates fell, and unemployment dropped. As a husband, father, and citizen, the thirtieth president made an equally firm commitment to moderation, shunning lavish parties and special presidential treatment; to him the presidency was not a bully pulpit but a place for humble service. Overcoming private tragedy while in office, including the death of a son, Coolidge showed the nation how to persevere by persevering himself. For a nation looking for a steady hand, he was a welcome pilot.

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