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A Secret Gift: How One Man's Kindness--And a Trove of Letters--Revealed the Hidden History of the Great Depression

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Reviews of A Secret Gift: How One Man's Kindness--And a Trove of Letters--Revealed the Hidden History of the Great Depression

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mitchs

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by mitchs on Mar 22, 2012

This could have been a charming, informative Sunday NYT Magazine article but it surely is not a book. It is a series of stories of people who benefited from one man's charity during the depression, however, the stories are so similar that they quickly become redundant and boring. The author did prodigious research but that does not necessarily lead to a good book, and it does not here. And while the stories each have their own details, the totality does not really add much to the readers undestanding of the depression. I left the book with about the same knowledge of that period, has I had before. In short, it was not very edifying. If wants a good history, read Freedom From Fear.

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larkmark

A Secret Gift

by larkmark on Feb 3, 2011

Delightful book with so much fantastic information about the Depression time and how it affected real people. The best part is that it's a well-researched true sketch of the people who lived in Canton, Ohio. Such a great gift was given to the people - the gift of Hope. It makes you realize what the people really went through in the Depression. Thanks Ted Gup for bringing us this true chronicle of those desperate times. I highly recommend the book.

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