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Bill Bryson responds to scathing review of “One Summer: America 1927″

Best-selling travelogue and science writer Bill Bryson has responded to Douglas Brinkley's brutal takedown of Bryson's "One Summer: America 1927," which attempts to capture the zeitgeist of America at a time when Charles Lindbergh flew across the Atlantic and Babe Ruth hit 60 home runs. Brinkley, a professor of history at Rice University and a CBS News historian, lambasts Bryson's book as "remedial pseudo-history," at times "wrongheaded and factually misleading" with "stale cliches and hokey summations." He calls is "reminiscent of a Ripley’s Believe It or Not carnie brag."

"Brinkley is, of course, entitled to his opinions, however misinformed," wrote Bryson in letter to the Editor in the Washington Post, "but when he resorts to fabrications to bolster his case against me, I must object."

Bryson counters Brinkley's claim that the book is “devoid of footnotes" and that its “sourcing is sketchy”:

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