The Forgotten Man: A New History of the Great Depression

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Challenging 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 ...

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zorus c

Jan 17, 2013

Outstanding!

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 I have for the author and her product...
I give up. XLNT reading!/s/zpc

ravewing

Jan 27, 2011

The Great Depression: A Second Look

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.

Mela

Apr 1, 2010

EXCELLENT

This is an EXCELLENT BOOK for anyone loving history or wanting to learn more about it. I HIGHLY RECOMMEND it!!! I'm a history buff and I learned a LOt.

Ron Townsend

Jul 28, 2008

An Amity-ville lore

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 customers and watch a woman make
work out of nothing at all. She is busy looking for work even when there is no customer
to serve. I have always admired fellow workers that were actually looking for work to
be done, work that was not requested but still made the work place a work place. On
the other hand I have always thought that President Hoover got a bad rapt. When you
consider his humanatarian work before he became President it is surprising that he
happened to be in the office at the wrong time. I am really enjoying this book because Ms.
Shlaes makes a hard job look easy. That's another quality that I liked in my fellow
workers. They made hard jobs look easy. I am looking forward to finishing the book
and getting a better analysis of the great Depression.

depressionchild

Sep 13, 2007

Forgotten man

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 politicians still engage in class warfare and ignore the people who pay the bills and furnish the initiative to help keep a robust economy. This history should be considered a classic in years to come if the self proclaimed "I now what's better for you than you do but the laws I want to pass do not pertain to me" politicians do not prevail and put an end to the great demoratic capitalism experience.

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