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Amity Shlaes, author of The Forgotten Man, delivers a brilliant and provocative reexamination of America’s thirtieth president, Calvin Coolidge, and the decade of unparalleled growth that the nation enjoyed under his leadership. In this riveting biography, Shlaes traces Coolidge’s improbable rise from a tiny town in New England to a youth so unpopular he was shut out of college fraternities at Amherst College up through Massachusetts politics. After a divisive period of government excess and corruption, Coolidge restored national trust in Washington and achieved what few other peacetime presidents have: He left office with a federal budget smaller than the one he inherited. A man of calm discipline, he lived by example, renting half of a two-family house for his entire political career rather than compromise his political work by taking on debt. Renowned as a throwback, Coolidge was in fact strikingly modern—an advocate of women’s suffrage and a radio pioneer. At once a revision of man and economics, Coolidge gestures to the country we once were and reminds us of qualities we had forgotten and can use today.


  • Coolidge_01_Open

    Duration: 09s
  • Coolidge_02_Introduction

    Duration: 32min
  • Coolidge_03_Chapter1

    Duration: 47min
  • Coolidge_04_Chapter2a

    Duration: 40min
  • Coolidge_05_Chapter2b

    Duration: 39min
  • Coolidge_06_Chapter3a

    Duration: 34min
  • Coolidge_07_Chapter3b

    Duration: 41min
  • Coolidge_08_Chapter4a

    Duration: 50min
  • Coolidge_09_Chapter4b

    Duration: 51min
  • Coolidge_10_Chapter5

    Duration: 01h10min
  • Coolidge_11_Chapter6

    Duration: 57min
  • Coolidge_12_Chapter7

    Duration: 39min
  • Coolidge_13_Chapter8

    Duration: 01h14min
  • Coolidge_14_Chapter9a

    Duration: 52min
  • Coolidge_15_Chapter9b

    Duration: 48min
  • Coolidge_16_Chapter10a

    Duration: 01h07min
  • Coolidge_17_Chapter10b

    Duration: 01h04min
  • Coolidge_18_Chapter11a

    Duration: 56min
  • Coolidge_19_Chapter11b

    Duration: 51min
  • Coolidge_20_Chapter12a

    Duration: 41min
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