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As a businessman whose company barely, and perhaps should not have, survived the Great Recession of 2007 - 2010+, I could feel some kinship to many of the stories told by some of the people in this narrative, but I most likely would have passed on listening this book had the setting been different. The fact that these stories took place in my hometown of Canton, Ohio made it impossible to not listen to it. I am so glad I did not miss this book. For a Canton native it is a must to hear the stories of strife and struggle of our city before, during and after the Great Depression. I know for a fact that my parents, as young pre teens in Canton during these times, went through the same struggles as those who wrote the letters contained in this history of the city. I grew hearing a few a the stories of depression and subsequent war years and going to bed without food for supper. We as kids, as contrast, never went to bed hungry as my parents vowed to always have food in the house and on the table. Their memories of their childhood in the early years must have driven them to make this so. So for me this story was poignant on numerous levels that, before reading this wonderland book, I did not take the time to appreciate. This book will give you pause for reflection of your own fortunes and trials and probably mist up your eyes more than once, especially if you hail from this northeastern Ohio steel town.
This was an incredible find!! I enjoyed listening to the story told by the proud Grandson of a very generous man.