What does President George W. Bush read to relax?
Recently it's been David Pietrusza's 1920: The Year of the Six Presidents, a breezy tale of
presidential personalities and politics in 1920's high-powered, wide-open presidential contest, a study
of hardball politics that makes today's politics seem tame.
"I just finished 1920 and liked it a lot," Bush wrote Pietrusza, "You did a fine job in capturing the
personalities of an interesting cast of political characters and the era in which they lived."
1920: The Year of the Six Presidents chronicles the story of 1920's controversy-and-scandal filled
presidential election, when a record six past, present, or future chief executives--Theodore Wilson,
Woodrow Wilson, Warren Harding, Calvin Coolidge, Herbert Hoover, and Franklin Roosevelt--eyed
the White House each with a unique style and vision of the office and the nation.
Published by Carroll & Graf in February 2007, 1920 was chosen as a selection of the History Book
Club. Award-winning author, Pietrusza has been interviewed by ABC News correspondent Ann
Compton for C-SPAN's weekly After Words series, in a segment airing in the near future.
Kirkus Reviews called 1920: "A rousing chronicle. . . Pietrusza . . . adds color and dimension with
smart discussions of Prohibition, women's suffrage, immigration, civil rights, the League of Nations and
labor strife, and he offers animated portraits of William Jennings Bryan, Carrie Chapman Catt, Henry
Ford, Marcus Garvey, Sacco and Vanzetti, William Randolph Hearst, H.L. Mencken and many
others. A hugely fascinating episode in American history, told with insight and great humor, by an
author in command of his subject."
Publishers Weekly praised 1920 as "absorbing . . . a broad, satisfying political and social history, in
the style of Doris Kearns Goodwin."
Library Journal termed 1920, "fascinating and compelling . . . Highly recommended."
To request a copy of the book or for more information visit www.davidpietrusza.com/1920.html or
contact Rose Carrano at 646-638-2181 (NYC).
|And from Karl Rove . . .
"The President passed on your
book after he finished it . . . I
dipped into 1920 and found
myself devouring it in one
weekend. A great read--chock full
of great insights and brilliant
portraits. Thanks for a wonderful
volume . . a great read."