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"Vividly rendered - a near-definitive account of one of the most massive government interventions into domestic affairs in American history." (Kirkus)
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By Helen on 07-01-08
The true spirit of America.
Not having grown up in the depression I only knew what I briefly read about this period of Amercian history. I selected this book because I am genealogy geek, and discovered a family member who worked for the WPA, and named Harry Hopkins as his boss. So I goggled info on WPA, not knowing a thing about it. This book helped me live through the lives of several people during 1930 to 1943, and it helped me truly understand why FDR was such a great President. This book shows the groundwork for social reform from job projects to social security to arts programs. I was inspired by the need to build people up by giving them something to do, and for many it was also something they loved. Roosevelt's New DEAL policies had truly changed American politics and programs. I could not help but be reminded of the state of affairs we are in today and the need for a change. High praise to the author and the narrator. Incredible amount of research too!
6 of 6 people found this review helpful
By Roderick on 07-27-08
An Excellent book whose timing is important
My main take away from this book is how the unemployed during the depression wanted to work. How FDR thought just giving money was taking something away from peoples pride and that it would cause long term bad effects. Wow was he correct on that. Wish politicians would read up on him to understand that to give money is not the idea, give a job and build the persons character and pride.
Excellent book with a lot of history that isnt taught. Great narrator also.
5 of 5 people found this review helpful