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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (2,107 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Amity Shlaes Narrator: Terence Aselford Publisher: HarperCollins Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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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 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.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “Americans need what Shlaes has brilliantly supplied, a fresh appraisal of what the New Deal did and did not accomplish.”

    George F. Will, Pulitzer Prize–winning writer

  • The Forgotten Man offers an understanding of the era’s politics and economics that may be unprecedented in its clarity.”

    Mark Helprin, New York Times bestselling author

  • “Well written and stimulating.”

    Wall Street Journal

  • “Amity Shlaes tells the story of the Depression in splendid detail, rich with events and personalities.”

    New York Review of Books

  • “This breezy narrative comes from the pen of a veteran journalist and economics reporter. Rather than telling a new story, she tells an old one…in a fresh way…A thoughtful, even-tempered corrective to too often unbalanced celebrations of FDR and his administration’s pathbreaking policies.”

    Publishers Weekly

  • A New York Times Bestseller
  • A USA Today Bestseller

Listener Opinions

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by William J. Shep | 2/17/2014

    " This is not a right wing rant but a very credible and well argued critique of The New Deal. Shlaes skilly weaved in a series of mini biographies of the major pro and anti New Dealers to tell her story, which is so relevant today, especially since academic historians generally are untruthful with their readers, and themselves, by continuing to perpetuate the New Deal myth of FDR (President for Life) arriving on a white horse to save the day and singlehandedly slay the Great Depression dragon. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Dexter | 2/16/2014

    " I highly recommend this book for anyone who would like to know more about the political aspects of the Great Depression as well as anyone who wants some historical insight into the current economic situation. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Sue Semple | 2/15/2014

    " A lot of what you think you know about the great depression is wrong! It took me over a year to read it, because my DH borrowed it and lost it. But it was worth it. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Kevin Hollins | 2/13/2014

    " A wonderful study of the policy prescriptions of the depression era. There are some passages which are eerily descriptive of conditions today. Should be required reading for Congress. "

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