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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.

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    Before Reagan, Coolidge was the greatest President in History.

    As it stands right now:

    1) Reagan
    2) Coolidge
    3) Lincoln

    Not one Democrat comes close to any of them. Unless you are talking about he worst President in history. At which point FDR is. Then Barry, and then Carter. Yes, Barry has surpassed Carter at this point.

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    I'm looking forward to reading this one. I saw an interview with Shaes about it on CSPAN's Book TV, and she's not a very compelling interview, but I've read another of her books and she's a pretty good writer.
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    Quote Originally Posted by linda22003 View Post
    I'm looking forward to reading this one. I saw an interview with Shaes about it on CSPAN's Book TV, and she's not a very compelling interview, but I've read another of her books and she's a pretty good writer.
    You will enjoy it.
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    Bottom three:

    42: Lyin' Lincoln
    43: Mr Peanut
    44: The little o
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    I have it 2/3rds read and when I am finished I will find another about him, I am really impressed with him and didn't know much about him before.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Retread View Post
    Bottom three:

    42: Lyin' Lincoln
    43: Mr Peanut
    44: The little o

    You forgot FDR .. .


    Quote Originally Posted by Rockntractor View Post
    I have it 2/3rds read and when I am finished I will find another about him, I am really impressed with him and didn't know much about him before.
    Coolidge was awesome. I heard Glenn Beck so many great thing about him that I had to research him also. I am very impressed with what he accomplished.

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    Coolidge was arguably the last President we had who truly respected, indeed honored the Constitution. I can't think of one since who actually went out of his way to actually reduce the size of the federal government. Every "conservative" President since, including Reagan, has sought to "limit the size" of the federal government. My, what a novel idea...
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    Quote Originally Posted by Adam Wood View Post
    Coolidge was arguably the last President we had who truly respected, indeed honored the Constitution. I can't think of one since who actually went out of his way to actually reduce the size of the federal government. Every "conservative" President since, including Reagan, has sought to "limit the size" of the federal government. My, what a novel idea...
    He is one of politics best kept secrets, I'm sure the powers that be would love to have his record erased entirely.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Rockntractor View Post
    He is one of politics best kept secrets, I'm sure the powers that be would love to have his record erased entirely.

    You can guarantee that. Liberals hate Coolidge because he did something right; and everything he did was against their socialist big government agenda.

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