Report from the Notch


This is just a note from the birthplace of Calvin Coolidge. We’re here marking his place in history on President’s Day weekend. Since it’s a little cold on the mountain, we’re hoping some skiers will drop by at 1pm Eastern to talk about the president who cut the budget in peacetime. I’m very grateful to my colleagues at Plymouth Notch for this hosting! 

A few other Coolidge updates:

— Kai, my favorite Coolidge blogger, has a special dispatch on Parker Gilbert here. The goal of Andrew Mellon and Coolidge–and, of course, Warren Harding before him, was to allow Europe to reduce its debt without allowing it to default, an event all deemed to be, um, not in Europe’s interest.

— Thank you, Barnes and Noble buyers, for making Coolidge Number 18 this Sunday.

— Many people have written to ask me to rebut the New York Times review here. My main thought is that the book seeks to present Coolidge in his own terms rather than anyone else’s. So the economics in the book is certainly not modern supply-side. Rather, it is Coolidge economics, with all the attendant warts and charms. The tax policy that we might call supply-side isn’t called that because that was not their label–Mellon spoke of “scientific taxation.”

— By the way, best tax book ever: “Taxation: The People’s Business,” by A.W. Mellon.

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  1. Profile photo of dash Inactive

    I’m four chapters into Coolidge, and I’m enjoying it immensely. Even more than The Forgotten Man, as it elucidates the life of a man, not forgotten but largely unknown.

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    • February 17, 2013 at 11:23 am
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  2. Profile photo of Chris Campion Thatcher

    Daring souls who venture outside today in VT. If Plymouth were a little closer to Essex Junction, you’d have at least one more visitor attending.

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    • February 17, 2013 at 11:51 am
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  3. Profile photo of Larry Koler Member

    Listened to several of your interviews lately. I have learned a lot. Thanks for introducing me to Cal.

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    • February 18, 2013 at 2:12 am
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  4. Profile photo of Fred Williams Inactive

    Your Q&A interview was most interesting and informative.

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    • February 18, 2013 at 3:34 am
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    • February 18, 2013 at 4:57 am
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  6. Profile photo of Chris Campion Thatcher

    A wee slice of history: I used to work in the building on the Champlain College campus where Calvin and Grace were married.

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    • February 18, 2013 at 5:02 am
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  7. Profile photo of Chris Campion Thatcher

    Now a copy of the book is on its way to me – looking forward to reading it.

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    • February 18, 2013 at 5:14 am
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    I loved Forgotten Man. I read it my freshman year of college and became a big Harding and Coolidge fan after. Actually got engaged at the charming Harding home in Marion, Ohio. Looking forward to reading Coolidge.

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    • February 18, 2013 at 8:33 am
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  9. Profile photo of SteveS Inactive

    I’ve just finished The Forgotten Man this weekend and I enjoyed it immensely. You taught me many things about people and details of events that I hadn’t been aware of before.

    I’ve enjoyed learning a little about Calvin Coolidge from reading his State of The Union speeches and Have Faith in Massachusetts but since hearing your interview about your Coolidge book I can’t wait to know more.

    Thank you Amity for your fine literary efforts.

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    • February 18, 2013 at 9:57 am
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    Amity Shlaes Post author

    Harding for President. I understand James Grant may be working on his bio. Harding warrants an upward revise. Thank you for the note, Byron. Congratulations on engagement!


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    • February 19, 2013 at 12:21 pm
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