||Silent Cal's Almanack:
The Homespun Wit and Wisdom
of Vermont's Calvin Coolidge
By David Pietrusza
A treasury of the wit and wisdom of Calvin Coolidge, America's surprisingly
eloquent 30th President.
Silent Cal's Almanack includes:
- The ultimate distillation of Calvin Coolidge political wisdom.
- A selection of Silent Cal's key speeches.
- A thought-provoking original biographical essay.
- A fascinating and unique 52-page portfolio of Coolidge photos, editorial
cartoons and campaign memorabilia.
- A Coolidge timeline.
- A Coolidge bibliography.
Supreme Court Justice David Souter wrote of Calvin Coolidge: "The simple beauty
of his English prose exceeds anything I could say in praise of it."
Glenn Beck says that Calvin Coolidge "might be my favorite President so far. I like
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Pietrusza's powerful historical story-telling has been compared to that of H. L. Mencken, Doris Kearns Goodwin, Edmund
Morris, Theodore H. White, and Gene Fowler.
An expert on the 1920s, Pietrusza has served on the Board of the Directors and the National Advisory Board of the Calvin
Coolidge Memorial Foundation.
In June 2012, in conjunction with historian and Calvin Coolidge biographer Amity Shlaes, Pietrusza revealed new scholarship
casting serious doubt on Coolidge's authorship of the famed "Persistence" quote.
He is also the author of The Roaring Twenties, an examination of the era for younger readers.
A respected commentator, Pietrusza has served as a regular panelist of FoxNews.com Live. He has appeared on C-SPAN
BookTV (including the prestigious series "In Depth"), The History Channel ("The Ultimate Guide to the Presidents"), GBTV,
NPR, ESPN, ESPN Classic, Bloomberg Radio News,The Fox News Channel, the Fox Sports Channel, and EBRU-TV.
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"Calvin Coolidge was one of the greatest presidents of the 20th century and is certainly the most
underrated. This book, compiled by one of my favorite historians, will give readers a full appreciation
of why Silent Cal's wisdom shines like a beacon through the fog of historical amnesia."
—Jonah Goldberg, best-selling author of "Liberal Fascism"
—George F. Will
—Burton W. Folsom, Jr., author of "New Deal or Raw Deal?"
"This book should help others to discover a man who should never have been neglected. Silent Cal
was hardly silent at all, just thoughtful. The opposite seems to be the manner of many public figures
today. And he expressed his thoughts with words as eloquent as they were noble."
—George W. Rutler
"Silent Cal's Almanack is a gem of a book, a collection of the remarkable sayings of our least talkative
President. If the ever-leftier media leaves you half-convinced that the freedom-loving, God-fearing,
free-market America that conservatives champion is figment of our unrealistic nostalgia—or a world
view invented by Bill Buckley or Ronald Reagan—Calvin Coolidge's words will clear up the
misunderstanding. In fact, there really was a time when the President of the United States was a lover
of liberty and responsibility. If Obamaspeak is giving you a headache, this book is the right medicine
—Elizabeth Kantor, The Conservative Book Club
"useful and valuable. [Pietrusza] has made many contributions to our understanding and appreciation of
—Coolidge Interpreter Jim Cooke
—Kai's Coolidge Blog
"an absorbing compendium of eloquent, pithy, insightful, and intelligent quotes from Calvin Coolidge . .
. enthusiastically recommended to anyone seeking to better understand the mind of America's most
notoriously nonvocal president."
—Midwest Book Review
“David Pietrusza reminds us that decades before the age of the sound bite, Calvin Coolidge
mastered the art. But unlike most politicians today, he used few words to say a wisdom-packed
—David Stokes, author of Apparent Danger—The Pastor of America’s
First Megachurch and the Texas Murder Trial of the Decade of the 1920s
—John McClaughry, The Ethan Allen Institute
“I love it!"
—Christopher Bedford, Executive Editor, The New Guard Magazine
“I dipped into this treasury and gleaned much from [Coolidge's] wisdom."
—Thomas F. Roeser
—Blog and Mablog
“a very interesting book"
—Dr. Paul Ibbetson
“EASY READING: Do you love to keep an easy read available for when you just need to relax or only
have a few minutes to sit down from a busy semester at school? And do you love dropping rare and
insightful quotes into your daily life? If yes, then Silent Cal’s Almanack: The Homespun Wit and
Wisdom of Vermont's Calvin Coolidge, by YAF alum David Pietrusza, is a phenomenal Autumn read.
Short and easy, this well-indexed compendium of quotes and stories shines light on an often
overlooked, yet truly great, American conservative. Mr. Coolidge was a man who understood the
duties of a public servant better than many ever have. His plain New England thoughts will surely
provide a fun addition to your quote-dropping in friendly conversations with friends and ugly debates
with the left. So kick back, relax and learn (all at the same time)!”
—The New Guard Magazine
From Silent Cal:
- "No person was ever honored for what he received. Honor has been the reward for what he
- "I am for economy. After that I am for more economy."
- "Collecting more taxes than is absolutely necessary is legalized robbery."
- "There is no right to strike against the public safety by anybody, any time, anywhere."
- "It is only when men begin to worship that they begin to grow."
- "The business of America is business and the chief ideal of the American people is idealism. I
cannot repeat too often that America is a nation of idealists. That is the only motive to which they
ever give any strong and lasting reaction."
- "I favor the policy of economy, not because I wish to save money, but because I wish to save
people. The men and women of this country who toil are the ones who bear the cost of the
Government. Every dollar that we carelessly waste means that their life will be so much the more
meager. Every dollar that we prudently save means that their life will be so much the more
abundant. Economy is idealism in its most practical form."
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||David Pietrusza Discussing Calvin Coolidge on the
Glenn Beck Program September 2010
|David Pietrusza with Amity Shlaes at the
John F. Kennedy Presidential Library, October 2010