Renowned Heights’ Resident Amity Shlaes Publishes New Bio On Calvin Coolidge

Renowned author, columnist & Brooklyn Heights rez Amity Shlaes, whose 2007 book “The Forgotten Man: A New History of the Great Depression” was widely acclaimed, has just published “Coolidge,” a chronicle of the life of 30th president Calvin Coolidge. She tells webbie Woman Around Town, “Our ignorance of Coolidge hurts more than our understanding of the presidency; it diminishes our understanding of his era, and our past.”

Shlaes also talks smack about her new book at, which offers: “In her lucid, informative, and entertaining way, (Shlaes) may not fully have succeeded in carving Coolidge onto Rushmore. She, however, definitively succeeds in dispelling the specter of Coolidge as ‘a bleak omen of the past.'”

Woman Around Town’s Questions
Favorite Place to Eat: Iris Cafe in Brooklyn Heights
Favorite New York Sight: Brooklyn Water Front; Prospect Park; the Ferry from Brooklyn to Governor’s Island
Favorite New York Moment: Seeing the subway cars emerge from below ground as they cross the Brooklyn Bridge

Shlaes landed her first job with the New Republic and has written for periodicals as diverse as Bloomberg, Forbes, National Review, New Yorker, Fortune, Financial Times and Foreign Affairs. In the 1990’s, Amity was an editorial board member at the Wall Street Journal. She is married to Seth Lipsky.

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  • Millstream Pigworker

    Renowned right wing hack and discredited historian, more like. ‘Senior Fellow at the George W. Bush Institute’ indeed…

  • peahyphenelle

    Surely she hasn’t seen any subway trains cross the Brooklyn Bridge …

  • budgeteer

    Subway cars on the Brooklyn Bridge? Wrong century

  • val

    She must mean Manhattan Bridge

  • Topham Beauclerk

    Quite right, Millstream Pigworker, Shlaes is indeed a right-wing hack. You err, though, in thinking she’s renowned.

  • David on Middagh

    Are you talking to your own sockpuppet?

    This is not an attack. I really want to know.

  • MonroeOrange

    laughable, she would confuse brooklyn bridge for manhattan…go back to Idaho! or wherever

  • David on Middagh

    The original article currently reads “Manhattan Bridge”. Time to correct yours, Chuck Taylor.

  • MonroeOrange

    Ouch Chuck…Ouch…..Sorry Amity!

  • Millstream Pigworker

    I think nothing of the sort – see above headline. If I had my druthers, she’d be shunned and ignored for her ‘widely acclaimed’ — that is, thoroughly debunked — pseudohistory, not given free publicity because she occasionally lives in our neighborhood.

  • phinatti

    Subway cars cross the Brooklyn Bridge? How strange…