Book review (nonfiction): One Summer

October 6, 2013 4:03 AM

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The economic, cultural and political strength of the United States in the 1900s was so great that it became widely known as the American Century. But as Bill Bryson demonstrates in his new book, “One Summer: America, 1927,” America’s global dominance didn’t really gain momentum until the 1920s.

In that decade, a period of economic boom for the U.S. if not Europe, America positioned itself as the undisputed leader in aviation, automobile production and movies, for example. And many high-water marks of those advances date to the summer of 1927.

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