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Product Details

  • Paperback: 360 pages
  • Publisher: New Press, The (November 30, 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 156584937X
  • ISBN-13: 978-1565849372
  • Product Dimensions: 1 x 5.7 x 8.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,334,991 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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If you're looking for a reason to act and dream again, you'll find it in the pages of this book. -- The Chicago Tribune

No journalist alive wields a tape recorder as effectively as Studs Terkel. -- Newsweek

Studs Terkel didn't invent the oral history, but as far as modern journalism is concerned, he might as well have. -- Salon.com

About the Author

Studs Terkel is the author of eleven books of oral history. He is a member of the Academy of Arts and Letters, and a recipient of a Presidential National Humanities Medal, the National Book Foundation Medal for Distinguished Contribution to American Letters, a George Polk Career Award, and the National Book Critics Circle 2003 Ivan Sandrof Lifetime Achievement Award.

More About the Author

Studs Terkel (1912-2008) was a free spirit, an outspoken populist, a Pulitzer Prize-winning author, a terrible ham, and one of the best-loved characters on the American scene. Born in New York in 1912, he lived in Chicago for over eight decades. His radio show was carried on stations throughout the country.

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20 of 20 people found the following review helpful By Timothy Kearney VINE VOICE on November 24, 2004
Format: Paperback
HOPE DIES LAST is an oral history of various personalities collected by renowned social commentator Studs Terkel. Terkel has collected stories from just about every conceivable category of people: teachers, politicians, clergy people, business people, young people, and old people, you name it, the group is probably represented in this book. Each oral history tells the story of someone who has maintained hope in a challenging or difficult moment. The situations vary, but each is meant to help us navigate in these very trying and uncertain days after September 11, 2001.

In his introduction, Terkel says that "Hope never trickles down. It always springs up." This book will certainly help people see that hope does spring up in third world countries, in violent city streets, in classrooms, churches, and just about everywhere else. This book will be helpful for just about anyone, whether facing a challenge or not. Teachers and clergy people will find the book very helpful since so much of the work of educators and members of eth clergy is keeping faith alive.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By dizzy dean on April 9, 2009
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Terkel's system of personal stories told through the voices of his interviewees can be a bit disconcerting-just when you feel you are warming up to the person, the interview ends and we're off to someone else. However, the sum total is where Studs is heading--what do all of these voices in toto have to say? In this work, the answer is that we each have to fight the good fight and stay true to our ideals, regardless of our circumstances or backgrounds. As with his other works, there are ups and downs in these, but well worth the read--I particularly enjoyed the intro by Studs himself.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By RICHARD SCHEIBERLE on December 26, 2012
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once again studs has nailed it inspirational timely and speaks to me today as it did years ago how i miss him but his words are still alive today
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Louis the Kingsnake on October 22, 2012
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Studs Terkel's interviews are always incisive and entertaining but this collection, at this particular moment in American history, is especially welcome. Studs' interview subjects run the gamut from Arlo Guthrie to the pilot of the Enola Gay and everyone in between. There's even a section devoted to union organizers!

The common thread throughout all the interviews is hope in the face of hoplessness. I have read and re-read the interviews in this collection for inspiration and comfort and will continue to do so. For me, this is Studs Terkel's masterwork.
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Studs Terkel has written another wonderful compilation of life stories from a wide spectrum of multiple individuals dedicated to making our world a better place. It's a good reminder that no matter the situation, there is always the possibility for making changes and work for the good within and without. It also paints sobering portraits of the fact that no matter the choice, there is always a price.
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