Silent Cal's
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

Silent Cal's Almanack

  • The ultimate
    distillation of Calvin
    Coolidge political
  • A selection of
    Silent Cal's key
  • A thought-
    provoking original
    biographical essay.
  • A fascinating and
    unique 52-page
    portfolio of
    Coolidge photos,
    editorial cartoons
    and campaign
  • A Coolidge timeline.
  • A Coolidge

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 the guy."
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David Pietrusza is the award-winning author of:

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

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"

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 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.
List Price: $14.95



Page Count: 214

Binding Type:
US Trade Paper

Trim Size: 6" x 9"

Language: English

Color: Black and White

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Silent Cal's Almanack: The Homespun Wit and Wisdom of Vermont's Calvin Coolidge
Ronald Reagan: "Now
you hear a lot of jokes
about Silent Cal
Coolidge, but I think
the joke is on the
people that make jokes
because if you look at
his record, he cut taxes
four times. We had
probably the greatest
growth and prosperity
that we've ever

Sarah Palin: "one of
our most underrated
presidents . . .
Americans are
awakening again to the
wisdom of President
Coolidge . . ."

"He wrote simply,
innocently, artlessly,"
H. L. Mencken once
noted regarding
Coolidge's prose, "He
forgot all the literary
affectations and set
down his ideas exactly
as they came into his
head. The result was a
bald, but strangely
appealing piece of
composition of almost
Lincolnian austerity
and beauty.
The true Vermonter
was in every line of it."

Grover Norquist:
"We're looking for
another Coolidge."

R. Emmett Tyrrell Jr:
"one of the most
successful presidents.
He reversed the
economic insolvency
of President Woodrow
Wilson, and set the
economy on the road
to growth . . ."

Amity Shlaes: "Reagan
himself admired
Coolidge. It's time the
rest of us did too."

Mark Steyn: "If you're
like me and your idea
of a conservative
president is Calvin
Coolidge . . ."

George Will: "Calvin
Coolidge, the last
president with whom I
fully agreed . . ."

Presidential historian
Richard Norton Smith:
"Coolidge’s honesty
and lack of an
overpowering ego
should be all the more
valued in an age 'when
so much of our public
life is riddled by
fakery, when
candidates without
ideas hire consultants
without scruples. For
lack of a better word, I
would say that
Coolidge was

Tim Naftali, Director
of the Richard Nixon
Presidential Library
and Museum:
"If you want to
balance: it's Coolidge
versus [Franklin D.]
Roosevelt in dealing
with the economy."

Author Tucker S.
Garland III: "The two
most successful
Republican presidents
in the last century were
Calvin Coolidge and
Ronald Reagan."

Robert Merry: "The
Coolidge years
represent the country's
most distilled
experiment in supply-
side economics—and
the doctrine's most
conspicuous success."

Will Cain: "Calvin
Coolidge is my
favorite president."
"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"

"Great work!"
—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 for you."
—Elizabeth Kantor, The Conservative Book Club

"useful and valuable. [Pietrusza] has made many contributions to our understanding
and appreciation of Calvin Coolidge.
—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 mouthful.”
—David Stokes, author of Apparent Danger—The Pastor of America’s
First Megachurch and the Texas Murder Trial of the Decade of the 1920s

"very readable"
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

“very good"
—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
, 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 gave."
  • "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,
  • "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
Amity Shlaes and David Pietrusza
David Pietrusza with Amity Shlaes at the
John F. Kennedy Presidential Library, October 2010
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