Monday, May 21, 2012

Book Review: The Complete Idiot's Guide to the Great Depression by H. Paul Jeffers

ISBN:  0028642899
Published December 1st, 2001
Publisher: Alpha
Synopsis from Goodreads:
You’re no idiot, of course.  You’re aware that Wall Street crashed in 1929, leading to a financial disaster that lasted more than a decade.  But despite what you’ve heard about “Black Tuesday,” the Great Depression didn’t happen overnight or because of one bad day on Wall Street. The Complete Idiot’s Guide to the Great Depression will show you exactly how the economy collapsed – and how the United States survived it.  In this Complete Idiot’s Guide, you get: The causes in the 1920s that led to the Black Tuesday market crash on October 29, 1929 How the administration under President Herbert Hoover attempted to manage the nationwide crisis. Franklin Delano Roosevelt’s election, his formation of the Brain Trust, and his reassuring fireside chats. Soup kitchens, bread lines, homelessness, and other hardships Americans faced during the Depression. How Japan’s attack on Pearl Harbor brought the country’s economic woes and the Great Depression to an end. 

This book is great for anyone who wants to learn more about the Great Depression.  It focuses on almost everything about the Great Depression, from what caused it to what daily life was like during it.  It's a great book for anyone interested in learning about that time period.  I really enjoyed reading it, and it was definitely a lot more in depth than anything I studied in school about the Great Depression considering it was an entire book as opposed to one or two chapters in a history book.

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