Like the apocryphal story of a two word conversation with the poet and satirist Dorothy Parker (who thought she could get more than two words out of him), Calvin Coolidge’s autobiography, published in 1929, is brief. The 30th President of the United States, Coolidge assumed office after the death of the 29th President, Warren Harding.
In this volume of fewer than 300 pages, Coolidge simply sketches his childhood and the values he learned from his rural Vermont upbringing; then to his time at boarding school and onto Amherst College; his choice of law as a profession and his subsequent rise up through the ranks of public service; and the rise to the Presidency.
I believe that Coolidge could have been an introvert (hence his reputation as a person of few words.) And this tendency would color his choice of words and what he chose to write.
I believe that reading a Presidential autobiography is valuable experience in understanding the men who occupied that office. I have read Grant’s and Clinton’s and both are substantially larger and more detailed works than Coolidge’s. But to hear Coolidge in his own words leads the reader toward a more valuable understanding of him.
I did enjoy reading this book and believe that our 30th President was a humble man.
And since he had the distinction of being the first President to be recorded on “talking pictures” I refer the reader of this review to this link at archive.org http://www.archive.org/details/coolidge_1924 as well as a link to the autobiography at the same site here http://www.archive.org/details/autobiographyofc011710mbp
There are other resources on him as well.