The New Yorker has an interesting article on Calvin Coolidge…. here is an excerpt plus a link to the original…..
A biographer speaks up for Calvin Coolidge.
BY THOMAS MALLON MARCH 11, 2013
Coolidge (photographed around 1924) is heralded by Amity Shlaes as “a rare kind of hero: a minimalist president, an economic general of budgeting and tax cuts.”
“Coolidge is, in American memory, a cluster of anecdotes, a minor legend embraced largely for its irony: the taciturn figure at odds with the jazzed-up, boozing, and crazily acquisitive decade over which he came to preside; a tortoise reigning over hares, cutting budgets while the citizenry bought their way, on margin, toward doom. Only a few years after the Great War turned the United States into a world power, he set out to shrink the size and reach of its government, to hark back instead of race forward…”
PHOTOGRAPH: COURTESY LIBRARY OF CONGRESS