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Challenging conventional history, Amity Shlaes offers a striking reinterpretation of the Great Depression that devastated America in the early part ...Show synopsisChallenging conventional history, Amity Shlaes offers a striking reinterpretation of the Great Depression that devastated America in the early part of the twentieth century. She shows how both Presidents Hoover and Roosevelt failed to understand the prosperity of the 1920s and heaped massive burdens on the country that more than offset the benefit of New Deal programs. From 1929 to 1940, federal intervention helped to make the Depression great by forgetting the men and women who sought to help themselves. In this illuminating work of history, Shlaes follows the struggles of those now forgotten people, from a family of butchers in Brooklyn who dealt a stunning blow to the New Deal, to Bill W., who founded Alcoholics Anonymous, and Father Divine, a black cult leader. She takes a fresh look at the great scapegoats of the period, from Andrew Mellon to Sam Insull of Chicago. Finally, she traces the mounting agony of the New Dealers themselves. Authoritative, original, and utterly engrossing, The Forgotten Man reveals how those dark years shaped both current political challenges and the strong national character that helps Americans to confront them.Hide synopsis
The Forgotten Man: A New History of the Great Depression (Harper Perennial) – Trade paperback (2008)
Trade paperback, Harper Perennial 2008
ISBN: 0060936428 ISBN-13: 9780060936426
This striking reinterpretation of the Great Depression looks at the neglected and moving stories of individual Americans, and shows how they had helped to establish the steadfast character that has developed a nation.This striking reinterpretation of the Great Depression looks at the neglected and moving stories of individual Americans, and shows how they had helped to establish the steadfast character that has developed a nation.Hide
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I'd been thinking, as I neared the end of the book, how/where/to whom...what I could do or say, as tongue-tied as I am, to adequately express my enthusiasm that steadily increased as I approached the end of the book...how could I adequately/properly express the gratitude/ respect, etc, etc, etc that ...
An excellently written, comprehensively documented history of the period opening up new vistas for thought and reflection. The author has succeeded beyond expectation to both hold the reader's interest and supply vital information often lacing in other studies of the period.
I am reading this book and I don't think it totally debunks FDR. Afterall his CCC made
work out of nothing at all and producing 3 billion trees. Ms. Shlaes word for it was
make-work which she saw as no real work at all. I disagree with that thought. For
instance I go into a Starbucks during a lull in ...
As a child of the depression, many painful and not so painful memories were refreshed.
Many of the insights expessed so well by the aurthor and their documentation were things I knew from childhood but could not debate due to the lack of documented facts at my disposal. Unfortunately, many of today's ...
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