The presidential election of 1920 was among history’s most dramatic. Six once-and-future presidents-Wilson, Harding, Coolidge, Hoover, and Teddy and Franklin Roosevelt-jockeyed for the White House. With voters choosing between Wilson’s League of Nations and Harding’s front-porch isolationism, the 1920 election shaped modern America. Women won the vote. Republicans outspent Democrats by 4 to 1, as voters witnessed the first extensive newsreel coverage, modern campaign advertising, and results broadcast on radio. America had become an urban nation: Automobiles, mass production, chain stores, and easy credit transformed the economy. 1920 paints a vivid portrait of America, beset by the Red Scare, jailed dissidents, Prohibition, smoke-filled rooms, bomb-throwing terrorists, and the Klan, gingerly crossing modernity’s threshold.
A well written popular history of the election year, but also of the various candidates and their lives leading up to it. The author is rather opinionated and is not reluctant to judge. There are copious notes to sustain his facts, if not necessarily his opinions. The book moves along at a good pace and is well structured to prevent the reader from being overwhelmed with it's cast of dozens of characters. I would definitely recommend it to all readers, although due to the judgmental tone I would suggest caution regarding forming final opinions on the people or their actions.read more
An excellent history of the 1920 presidential election. Chapters are devoted to mini-biographies of all the major and (seemingly) minor candidates—including Teddy Roosevelt who was present only in spirit. The author also covers the issues that affected the campaign and the mood of the nation at the time. Well written and very enjoyable.read more