Silent Cal's Almanack: The Homespun Wit and Wisdom of Vermont's Calvin Coolidge
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
  • 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 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 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 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"

"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
—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 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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Amity Shlaes and David Pietrusza
  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
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 known."

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
a 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

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
"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

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