Silent Cal's Almanack: The Homespun Wit and Wisdom of Vermont's Calvin Coolidge
Silent Cal's Almanack:
The Homespun Wit and Wisdom
of Vermont's Calvin Coolidge

By David Pietrusza

A treasury of the wit and wisdom of Calvin Coolidge, America's surprisingly eloquent 30th

Silent Cal's Almanack includes:

  • The ultimate distillation of Calvin Coolidge political wisdom.
  • A selection of Silent Cal's key speeches.
  • A thought-provoking original biographical essay.
  • A fascinating and unique 52-page portfolio of Coolidge photos, editorial cartoons and
    campaign memorabilia.
  • A Coolidge timeline.
  • A Coolidge bibliography.

Supreme Court Justice David Souter wrote of Calvin Coolidge: "The simple beauty of his
English prose exceeds anything I could say in praise of it."

Glenn Beck says that Calvin Coolidge "might be my favorite President so far. I like the guy."

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David Pietrusza is the award-winning author of:

Pietrusza's powerful historical story-telling has been compared to that of H. L. Mencken, Doris Kearns
Goodwin, Edmund Morris, Theodore H. White, and Gene Fowler.

An expert on the 1920s, Pietrusza has served on the Board of the Directors and the National Advisory Board
of the Calvin Coolidge Memorial Foundation.

In June 2012, in conjunction with historian and Calvin Coolidge biographer Amity Shlaes, Pietrusza revealed new
scholarship casting serious doubt on  Coolidge's authorship of the famed "Persistence" quote.

He is also the author of The Roaring Twenties, an examination of the era for younger readers.

A respected commentator, Pietrusza has served as a regular panelist of Live. He has
appeared on C-SPAN BookTV (including the prestigious series "In Depth"), The History Channel ("
Ultimate Guide to the Presidents"), GBTV, NPR, ESPN, ESPN Classic, Bloomberg Radio News,The Fox
News Channel, the Fox Sports Channel, and EBRU-TV.
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"Calvin Coolidge was one of the greatest presidents of the 20th century and is certainly the
most underrated. This book, compiled by one of my favorite historians, will give readers a full
appreciation of why Silent Cal's wisdom shines like a beacon through the fog of historical
—Jonah Goldberg, best-selling author of "Liberal Fascism"

"Great work!"
—George F. Will

—Burton W. Folsom, Jr., author of "New Deal or Raw Deal?"

"This book should help others to discover a man who should never have been neglected.   
Silent Cal was hardly silent at all, just thoughtful.  The opposite seems to be the manner of
many public figures today. And he expressed his thoughts with words as eloquent as they
were noble."
—George W. Rutler

"Silent Cal's Almanack is a gem of a book, a collection of the remarkable sayings of our least
talkative President. If the ever-leftier media leaves you half-convinced that the freedom-loving,
God-fearing, free-market America that conservatives champion is figment of our unrealistic
nostalgia—or a world view invented by Bill Buckley or Ronald Reagan—Calvin Coolidge's
words will clear up the misunderstanding. In fact, there really was a time when the President
of the United States was a lover of liberty and responsibility. If Obamaspeak is giving you a
headache, this book is the right medicine for you."
—Elizabeth Kantor, The Conservative Book Club

"useful and valuable. [Pietrusza] has made many contributions to our understanding and
appreciation of Calvin Coolidge.
—Coolidge Interpreter Jim Cooke  

—Kai's Coolidge Blog

"an absorbing compendium of eloquent, pithy, insightful, and intelligent quotes from Calvin
Coolidge . . . enthusiastically recommended to anyone seeking to better understand the mind
of America's most notoriously nonvocal president."
Midwest Book Review

“David  Pietrusza reminds  us  that  decades  before  the  age  of  the  sound bite, Calvin
Coolidge mastered the art. But unlike most politicians today, he used few words to say a
wisdom-packed mouthful.”
—David Stokes, author of Apparent Danger—The Pastor of America’s
First Megachurch and the Texas Murder Trial of the Decade of the 1920s

"very readable"
John McClaughry, The Ethan Allen Institute

“I love it!"
—Christopher Bedford, Executive Editor, The New Guard Magazine

“I dipped into this treasury and gleaned much from [Coolidge's] wisdom."
—Thomas F. Roeser

“very good"
—Blog and Mablog

“a very interesting book"   
—Dr. Paul Ibbetson

“EASY READING: Do you love to keep an easy read available for when you just need to relax
or only have a few minutes to sit down from a busy semester at school? And do you love
dropping rare and insightful quotes into your daily life? If yes, then
Silent Cal’s Almanack:
The Homespun Wit and Wisdom of Vermont's Calvin Coolidge
, by YAF alum David
Pietrusza, is a phenomenal Autumn read. Short and easy, this well-indexed compendium of
quotes and stories shines light on an often overlooked, yet truly great, American conservative.
Mr. Coolidge was a man who understood the duties of a public servant better than many ever
have. His plain New England thoughts will surely provide a fun addition to your quote-
dropping in friendly conversations with friends and ugly debates with the left. So kick back,
relax and learn (all at the same time)!”
The New Guard Magazine

From Silent Cal:
  • "No person was ever honored for what he received. Honor has been the reward for what
    he gave."
  • "I am for economy. After that I am for more economy."
  • "Collecting more taxes than is absolutely necessary is legalized robbery."
  • "There is no right to strike against the public safety by anybody, any time, anywhere."
  • "It is only when men begin to worship that they begin to grow."
  • "The business of America is business and the chief ideal of the American people is
    idealism. I cannot repeat too often that America is a nation of idealists. That is the only
    motive to which they ever give any strong and lasting reaction."
  • "I favor the policy of economy, not because I wish to save money, but because I wish to
    save people. The men and women of this country who toil are the ones who bear the
    cost of the Government. Every dollar that we carelessly waste means that their life will
    be so much the more meager. Every dollar that we prudently save means that their life
    will be so much the more abundant. Economy is idealism in its most practical form."

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Amity Shlaes and David Pietrusza
  David Pietrusza Discussing Calvin Coolidge on
the Glenn Beck Program September 2010
David Pietrusza with Amity Shlaes at the
John F. Kennedy Presidential Library, October
Ronald Reagan: "Now
you hear a lot of jokes
about Silent Cal
Coolidge, but I think the
joke is on the people
that make jokes
because if you look at
his record, he cut taxes
four times. We had
probably the greatest
growth and prosperity
that we've ever known."

Sarah Palin: "one of our
most underrated
presidents . . .
Americans are
awakening again to the
wisdom of President
Coolidge . . ."

"He wrote simply,
innocently, artlessly,"
H. L. Mencken once
noted regarding
Coolidge's prose, "He
forgot all the literary
affectations and set
down his ideas exactly
as they came into his
head. The result was a
bald, but strangely
appealing piece of
a composition
of almost Lincolnian
austerity and beauty.
The true Vermonter
was in every line of it."

Grover Norquist:
"We're looking for
another Coolidge."

R. Emmett Tyrrell Jr:
"one of the most
successful presidents.
He reversed the
economic insolvency
of President Woodrow
Wilson, and set the
economy on the road to
growth . . ."

Amity Shlaes: "Reagan
himself admired
Coolidge. It's time the
rest of us did too."

Mark Steyn: "If you're
like me and your idea
of a conservative
president is Calvin
Coolidge . . ."

George Will: "Calvin
Coolidge, the last
president with whom I
fully agreed . . ."

Presidential historian
Richard Norton Smith:
"Coolidge’s honesty
and lack of an
overpowering ego
should be all the more
valued in an age 'when
so much of our public
life is riddled by fakery,
when candidates
without ideas hire
consultants without
scruples. For lack of a
better word, I would
say that Coolidge was

Tim Naftali, Director of
the Richard Nixon
Presidential Library and
"If you want to balance:
it's Coolidge versus
[Franklin D.] Roosevelt
in dealing with the

Author Tucker S.
Garland III: "The two
most successful
Republican presidents
in the last century were
Calvin Coolidge and
Ronald Reagan."

Robert Merry: "The
Coolidge years
represent the country's
most distilled
experiment in supply-
side economics—and
the doctrine's most
conspicuous success."

Will Cain: "Calvin
Coolidge is my favorite