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The forgotten man : a new history of the Great Depression / Amity Shlaes.

Shlaes, Amity (Author).



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.

Item details

  • ISBN: 9780060936426 (pbk.)
  • ISBN: 0060936428 (pbk.)
  • Physical Description: xxii, 468 p., [16] p. of plates : ill., ports., facsim. ; 21 cm.
  • Edition: 1st Harper Perennial ed.
  • Publisher: New York : Harper Perennial, 2008.

Contents / Notes

General Note:
Originally published: 2007
Bibliography, etc. Note:
Includes bibliographical references (p. [421]-438) and index.
Formatted Contents Note:
Cast of characters -- Timeline -- Introduction -- 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 verses 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 -- Afterword to the paperback edition.
Subject: Depressions > 1929 > United States.
New Deal, 1933-1939.
United States > History > 1919-1933.
United States > History > 1933-1945.
United States > Social conditions > 1933-1945.
United States > Economic conditions > 1918-1945.

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