One summer : America, 1927
A shy young man flies across the Atlantic, becomes a hero and develops a dangerous interest in eugenics and Nazi Germany. Babe Ruth, an extraordinary athlete, makes major league baseball respectable. Horrible floods in the Midwest and the South bring Herbert Hoover into national prominence and create the need for government assistance. A domestic murder creates tabloid frenzy. Four powerful world bankers meet in secret on Long Island and set the stage for the Great Depression. Bill Bryson brings these and other events into focus in this very readable history.