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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.
If you have the option of downloading Mr. Kennedy's tome onto an electronic tablet, you may want to go that route. Read morePublished 12 days ago by Franklin the Mouse
I found the book to be a good read but perhaps a bit too much detail for a very broad topic. At times I found myself simply drudging through the minutia. Read morePublished 1 month ago by David Campbell
"Freedom From Fear: The American People in Depression and War, 1929-1945" is a superb volume of the "Oxford History of the United States" series, and the second book in the series... Read morePublished 2 months ago by Mike Powers
The plethora of four and five star reviews describing this book say it all. This is the best history book I have ever read in my 68 years. Read morePublished 3 months ago by Rich
A comprehensive and fascinating history of our country, in crisis and in war. Most interesting were the insights on the major players, of course including FDR, his foibles and his... Read morePublished 5 months ago by Richard K. Turner
This is an outstanding contribution to the Oxford History of the United States series. Winner of the Pulitzer Prize, this volume covers the period of American history from 1929 to... Read morePublished 6 months ago by gloine36
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.