The President Who Said No: Calvin Coolidge, Deficits, The Chamber and The Economy

Tuesday, February 26, 2013 - 12:00pm

Amity Shlaes will be at the Chamber to discuss her new book, Coolidge.

4:30 p.m. Registration Opens

5:00 p.m. Program

5:30 p.m. Reception


About the book:

Calvin Coolidge, who served as president from 1923 to 1929, makes for an unlikely hero. The shy Vermonter, nicknamed "Silent Cal," has long been dismissed as weak and passive.   Likewise, standard history remembers the decade in which he served as frivolous, extravagant, and contributing to the Great Depression.  But in this reassessment of his presidency, economic historian and bestselling author Amity Shlaes does for Calvin Coolidge what she did for the 1930s with her bestselling book, The Forgotten Man: she shines a spotlight on a long-neglected period and provides new insight into our era's current challenges.  Shlaes shows Coolidge to be a genuine hero, albeit one of a different variety than many other presidents. She calls him "the great refrainer" and shows that the mid-1920s was, in fact, a triumphant period that established our modern way of life: the nation electrified, Americans drove their first cars, and the federal deficit was replaced with a surplus. Coolidge (Harper) is an eye-opening biography of the little-known president behind that era of remarkable growth and national optimism. With the start of a new Presidential term, Americans are considering anew what the presidency means and what the occupant of the White House, whether Democrat or Republican, can do in this time.  Coolidge resurrects the heretofore low-ranking New Englander for a 21st century audience and explains why he serves as a model of what a great president and the nation can accomplish.


About Amity Shlaes:

Amity Shlaes is the director of the George W. Bush Institute's economic growth project. A syndicated columnist for Bloomberg, she is the author of the New York Times bestsellers Greedy Hand and The Forgotten Man, of which there are more than  300,000 copies in print.   Shlaes earlier served on the editorial board of The Wall Street Journal. She chairs The Manhattan Institute's Hayek Prize, the foremost prize for free market books, of which she is also a winner. She has also won the Bastiat Prize for journalism. Currently, Shlaes teaches economics of the 1930s at New York University Stern School of Business and is a trustee of the Calvin Coolidge Memorial Foundation. She lives in New York City.