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The forgotten man : a new history of the Great Depression

Author: Amity Shlaes
Publisher: New York : Harper Perennial, 2008.
Edition/Format:   Print book : English : 1st Harper Perennial 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: 9780060936426 0060936428
OCLC Number: 179807212
Notes: Originally published: 2007.
Description: xxii, 468 pages, 16 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations, portraits, facsimiles ; 21 cm
Contents: Cast of characters --
Timeline --
The beneficent hand --
The junket --
The accident --
The hour of the vallar --
The experimenter --
A river utopia --
A year of prosecutions --
The chicken verses the eagle --
Roosevelt's wager --
Mellon's gift --
Roosevelt's revolution --
The man in the Brooks Brothers shirt --
Black Tuesday, again --
"Brace up, America" --
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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