Very interesting info about the year 1925 - from Babe Ruth to The Great Tennessee Monkey Trial; from Charlie Chaplin to Stalin and Trotsky; and much more.
I ran across this copy at the VA hospital and am bringing it for Mr. Goure, a WWII vet, to read at Sepulveda. I found it to be well-edited and especially enjoyed how it evoked that year by starting with stories about President and Mrs. Coolidge greeting all comers at the White House on New Years Day, and so forth including their vacation (10 weeks) near Salem, Massachusetts. There is a very large section on Col. Billy Mitchell's trial (and the loss of the Shenandoah interspersed) that I did not read, but the short section on Prohibition was interesting to me. Note the now forgotten fact that the KKK was active in many, many states. The President asked that some love be shown to our Negro brethren but I myself wish that he had spent some political capital on curbing the disgraceful hangings that were so frequent--he would be a better remembered president if he had done so.
The finding in the UK that Putin's hand was in the murder using radioactive isotopes of one of his enemies reminds me of Trotsky's murder by Stalin's orders in 1940, quite an insult to President Lazaro Cardenas and the Republica Mexicana, as is the London murder to the UK. The two Russian agents spilled the radioactivity everywhere and a reporter for the BBC this morning noted that the restaurant was closed the next day, with a notice posted to patrons that their other two locations were open while this one was closed due to 'international espionage.' Anyway, Trotsky himself had a lot of blood on his hands and his problems with Lenin's other heirs were covered several times in Time, including notice that they took away the armored train he used as War Commissar.
The books ends with the birth of the New Yorker. They advertised it as not for the 'little old lady in Dubuque' and Time interviewed such a person. Much of the book is of course about stage, screen, literature, art, etc.