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Author: Marc Favreau Narrator: Oliver Wyman Publisher: Little, Brown Young Readers Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: April 2018 ISBN: 9781478977100
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The incredible true story of how Americans from all walks of life weathered one of the most turbulent periods in our nation’s history—the Great Depression—and emerged triumphant.

Crash tells the story of the Great Depression, from the sweeping fallout of the market collapse to the more personal stories of those caught up in the aftermath. Packed with primary documents and firsthand accounts, Crash shines a spotlight on pivotal moments and figures across ethnic, gender, racial, social, and geographic divides, reflecting many different experiences of one of the most difficult decades in American history.

Marc Favreau’s meticulous research, vivid prose, and extensive back matter paints a thorough picture of how the country we live in today was built in response to the widespread poverty, insecurity, and fear of the 1930s.

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  • “Narrator Oliver Wyman’s slow pacing and selective emphasis allow for easy listening of a story punctuated with contemporaneous quotes and headlines, including a powerful account of the Triangle Shirtwaist Factory fire. Listeners hear the patrician speech of FDR, the compassionate tones of Cabinet Secretary Frances Perkins, the accented English of migrant workers, and the diverse voices of a wide variety of troubled Americans, who illustrate the universality of misery during this period. Wyman authentically delivers the words of blacks targeted for lynching in Alabama, devastated West Virginia coal-mining families, Michigan UAW supporters, and impoverished Floridians working New Deal jobs. Winner of the AudioFile Earphones Award.”

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  • “A tale of heroes, villains, and redemption, Crash is the story we should all be reading—about a time when Americans were knocked down, dusted themselves off, and rebuilt a world that was safer and more secure.”

    Michael Eric Dyson, New York Times bestselling author

  • “Favreau gives readers incisive, penetrating, at times heartbreaking prose. A dynamic read deserving of a wide audience.”

    Kirkus Reviews (starred review)

  • “Favreau writes in a clear and relatable way…This story is far from a slow-moving history book. For readers who think of themselves as history buffs as well as those who just love a thought-provoking story, Crash will deliver on all levels.”

    VOYA (starred review)

  • “The lucid text offers a good perspective on significant events…An enlightening and very readable book on a complex historical period.”

    Booklist (starred review)

  • “Moving beyond the typical analysis of the time period, Favreau carefully crafts an enjoyable narrative that vibrantly depicts individual experiences, including little-known stories within the context of national trends…Each chapter is rife with primary sources, such as telegrams, photographs, posters, song lyrics, speech transcripts, and more.”

    School Library Journal

  • “Favreau lets readers experience—no, live!—the worst economic collapse in US history, introducing us to the individuals who suffered through and labored to overcome the financial and social upheaval that was the Great Depression and the remarkable visionaries who rallied a nation against fear, hatred, and divisiveness until a new and stronger America finally emerged. An impressive and important work.”

    Jim Murphy, two-time Newbery Honor winner and Robert F. Sibert Award-winning author

  • Winner of an AudioFile Earphones Award

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About the Author

Marc Favreau is the editorial director of the New Press. He is a co-editor, with Ira Berlin and Steven F. Miller, of Remembering Slavery: African Americans Talk about Their Personal Experiences of Slavery and Emancipation and the editor of A People’s History of World War II: The World’s Most Destructive Conflict, as Told by the People Who Lived through It.

About the Narrator

Oliver Wyman is an actor and award-winning audiobook narrator. He has won five Audie Awards from the Audio Publisher’s Association, fourteen Earphone Awards, and two Listen Up Awards from Publisher’s Weekly. He was named a 2008 Best Voice in Nonfiction & Culture by AudioFile magazine. He has appeared on stage as well as in film and television, and he is a veteran voice actor who can be heard in numerous cartoons and video games. He is one of the founders of New York City’s Collective Unconscious theater, and his performances include the award-winning “reality play” Charlie Victor Romeo and A. R. McElhinney’s cult classic film A Chronicle of Corpses.