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The forgotten man : a new history of the Great Depression

Author: Amity Shlaes
Publisher: New York : HarperCollins Publishers, ©2007.
Edition/Format:   Print book : English : 1st edView all editions and formats
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It's difficult today to imagine how America survived the Great Depression--only through the stories of the common people who struggled during that era can we really understand it. These people are at the heart of this reinterpretation of one of the most crucial events of the twentieth century. Author Shlaes presents the neglected and moving stories of individual Americans, and shows how through brave leadership they  Read more...
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Genre/Form: History
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Amity Shlaes
ISBN: 0066211700 9780066211701
OCLC Number: 74029445
Description: x, 464 pages, [16] pages of plates : illustrations ; 24 cm
Contents: 1. The beneficent hand --
2. The junket --
3. The accident --
4. The hour of the vallar --
5. The experimenter --
6. A river utopia --
7. A year of prosecutions --
8. The chicken versus the eagle --
9. Roosevelt's wager --
10. Mellon's gift --
11. Roosevelt's revolution --
12. The man in the Brooks Brothers shirt --
13. Black Tuesday, again --
14. "Brace up, America" --
15. Willkie's wager --
Coda.
Responsibility: Amity Shlaes.

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It's difficult today to imagine how America survived the Great Depression--only through the stories of the common people who struggled during that era can we really understand it. These people are at the heart of this reinterpretation of one of the most crucial events of the twentieth century. Author Shlaes presents the neglected and moving stories of individual Americans, and shows how through brave leadership they helped establish the steadfast character we developed as a nation. Shlaes also traces the mounting agony of the New Dealers themselves as they discovered their errors. She shows how both 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. The real question about the Depression, she argues, is not whether Roosevelt ended it--it is why it lasted so long.--From publisher description.

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