The Forgotten Man

The Forgotten Man

A New History of the Great Depression

Large Print - 2007
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A reinterpretation of the Great Depression seeks to demonstrate how the failures of Hoover and Roosevelt to understand the prosperity of the 1920s directly contributed to massive national burdens that marginalized everyday citizens, in an account that shares the survival stories of lesser-known historical figures from the period. (History -- United States)


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 how the nation endured. In The Forgotten Man, Amity Shlaes offers a striking reinterpretation of the Great Depression. Rejecting the old emphasis on the New Deal, she turns to the neglected and moving stories of individual Americans, and shows how 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 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. The real question about the Depression, she argues, is not whether Roosevelt ended it with World War II. It is why the Depression lasted so long. From 1929 to 1940, federal intervention helped to make the Depression great—in part by forgetting the men and women who sought to help one another. The Forgotten Man, offers a new look at one of the most important periods in our history, allowing us to understand the strength of American character today.

Publisher: New York : HarperLuxe, 2007
ISBN: 9780061285271
Branch Call Number: L 973.916 SHL
Characteristics: x, 726 p. ; 23 cm


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Apr 19, 2017

everyone should read this book as well as Sumner (1800s), the person who quoted "the forgotten man" - he said A+ B decide how C should pay for D. "C" is the forgotten man - I read this way before Trump said he was going to run for president - I am thrilled
Trump has decided to use this term "the forgotten man" - the forgotten man is the majority that pays for everything but never gets represented . . . - also everyone should read about where money comes from and how we have to take care of ourselves first so we can help those due to no fault of their own can be helped - that does not mean we can save the world so other countries need to take care of their own too and if there is a way to point them in the right direction we should do so. I only have 3 prior homeless cats (I call them animal shelter specials) since I can't save them all - so we need to go in the right direction to save as many people and animals as we can - and only god can save the world.

pw1040 Jul 09, 2014

The author was much kinder to FDR and the Progressives than I expected. A good history of the depression.

Feb 14, 2013

Extremely well-written and thoroughly readable. Unlike many books handling this type of subject matter, Amity Shlaes manages to craft a in-depth analysis of the Great Depression & the people around it that you can't put down.

stirlbot Dec 30, 2011

This book wears its politics on its sleeve.


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