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Whereas Brokaw made use of extensive interviews, Kennedy relies on published accounts and primary sources, all meticulously footnoted. This academic rigor, however, does not render the book dull--far from it. Certainly the subject matter is interesting enough in its own right, but Kennedy offers attention-grabbing turns of phrase on nearly every page. He also unleashes some convention-shattering theses, such as his revelation that "the most responsible students of the events of 1929 have been unable to demonstrate an appreciable cause-and-effect linkage between the Crash and the Depression" and his subsequent argument that, although it made order out of chaos, the New Deal did not reverse the Depression--that, he says, was the war's doing. All in all, Freedom from Fear compares favorably to its companions in the multivolume Oxford History of the United States in both its comprehensive heft and its vivid readability. --Ron Hogan --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.
How rare ... History well written; written
In a manner that makes me want to read it. Nothing dry here. I'm so glad I stumbled on this book.
Very well written and interesting. But TOO long at nine hundred pages for the
non-professional, casual reader. Read more
"If the federal government should go out of existence, the common run of people would not detect the difference in the affairs of their daily life for a considerable length of... Read morePublished 3 months ago by Kochevnik
Well written, informative, and a good read. Would that Americans read more really good and well researched history. Nanalou SauderPublished 4 months ago by Nanalou W. Sauder
In-depth analysis of political, economic, and social trends during a difficult time in our history. A laborious read, at best, but necessary to the serious reader seeking a bit of... Read morePublished 5 months ago by Scott
This book is an excellent description of the Great Depression, the events that led to Word War II and the events in World War II. Read morePublished 5 months ago by Larry D Park
This single volume by David M. Kennedy will become the cornerstone of every historian's library of American history. Read morePublished 5 months ago by William W. Allen
This is by far the best textbook I have ever read. It is one of the best books of any genre. It reads like a novel, and the last chapter and a half had me holding back tears. Read morePublished 5 months ago by @jasonk5322