david pietrusza

robofsydney  asked:

Have just read 1920 the year of the six presidents and found it really great. Do you think that TR would have won that year had he lived? I kinda think not- the world had changed dramatically by then and he might not have fitted the role in 1920. Acting on your recommendation I'm now going to get Karl Roves new book as 1896 has always fascinated me. So have a Happy Christmas and all the best for 2016!!

Good choice! David Pietrusza’s 1920: The Year of the Six Presidents (BOOK | KINDLE) is definitely a great read. It’s actually a really fun book.

Yes, if Theodore Roosevelt had not died in 1919, I believe that he absolutely would have won the 1920 election. Although TR had left office in 1909, he was still a relatively young man – he was only 60 years old at the time of his death – and after the debacle of his 1912 bid for the Presidency and his decision to sit out the 1916 election, the country was looking to him to retake the White House in 1920 (especially after eight years of Woodrow Wilson). Plus, as you can see from the eventual nominees in 1920 (Warren G. Harding for the Republicans and James M. Cox for the Democrats), the field of “contenders” was extremely weak in 1920, so Roosevelt would have stood head-and-shoulders above any potential challengers if he had lived.

I’m glad that you’re going to check out Karl Rove’s The Triumph of William McKinley: Why the Election of 1896 Still Matters (BOOK | KINDLE). As I mentioned, I was pleasantly surprised by the book and am happy to recommend it.

If you enjoyed 1920: The Year of the Six Presidents, I would also suggest checking out David Pietrusza’s other books on various Presidential elections – all of them are worth the read. I am a big fan of Pietrusza’s style; he writes history with a journalist’s eye for detail and I feel like that helps bring the story closer to the reader. Pietrusza’s books on specific Presidential elections are like a modern version of Theodore White’s classic The Making of the President series, so I definitely recommend checking out these:

1960: LBJ vs. JFK vs. Nixon: The Epic Campaign That Forged Three Presidencies by David Pietrusza

1948: Harry Truman’s Improbable Victory and the Year That Transformed America by David Pietrusza

1932: The Rise of Hitler and FDR: Two Tales of Politics, Betrayal, and Unlikely Destiny by David Pietrusza (BOOK | KINDLE)

Rothstein Books

Just got through reading David Pietrusza’s Rothstein book. I really enjoyed it, save for the occasional prolonged tangents the author would go off on about people/ subjects only moderately related to AR. I most enjoyed the bits that gave insight into his personal life and character and, unfortunately, I felt those were rather lacking. I understand, also, just from following a ton of knowledgeable Rothstein fans, that he was rather an enigma, and though a lot of people knew him, very few people actually KNEW him. That comes through very clear in the book. Still, I find myself going through a mild period of obsession at the moment, and the Pietrusza book has not sufficiently satisfied my Rothstein craving. Has anyone read the Leo Katcher Big Bankroll book? I am thinking of picking it up, and I am wondering how it compares to the Pietrusza book. Anyone?

David Pietrusza, Rothstein: The Life, Time, and Murder of the Criminal Genius Who Fixed the 1919 World Series

jfc Arnold stop exuding.

tommhd  asked:

What's your opinion on 1920: the year of the six presidents?

I love 1920: The Year of the Six Presidents (BOOK | KINDLE). I love everything that David Pietrusza writes. To me, Pietrusza’s books are a lot like Erik Larson’s books, where there are so many fascinating angles that weave together into a larger story. I absolutely love that type of writing, wish I could pull it off myself, and can’t help binge-reading books from authors like Pietrusza and Larson (there are few others that write like them) as soon as I get them.

I’m really looking forward to the fact that he has a new book coming out in August – 1932: The Rise of Hitler and FDR – Two Tales of Politics, Betrayal, and Unlikely Destiny.