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‘One Summer’ by Bill Bryson

Among the characters chronicled by Bill Bryson in “One Summer: America 1927” are Babe Ruth and Charles Lindbergh.
Among the characters chronicled by Bill Bryson in “One Summer: America 1927” are Babe Ruth and Charles Lindbergh.AP/file (left); Hugh E. O’Donnell of the Boston Globe/file

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It was a summer when Lindbergh flew, the Yankees soared, the Midwest rains flowed, Al Capone reigned, and America prospered — a summer that was vibrant and wild and only two years from Depression and despair. It was a time of character and insights into the American character, of spicy murder and saucy music.

It was 1927, and in “One Summer,’’ Bill Bryson recounts a remarkable period in America’s passage.

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ONE SUMMER: America 1927

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