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 Forbes.com, 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.