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Lessons from the Great Depression For Dummies Paperback – July 7, 2009

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Your concise guide to the worst time in America's financial history

Want to understand the circumstances that brought about the Great Depression? This friendly, authoritative guide explains the perfect storm of problems that led to the 1929 stock market crash and subsequent economic disaster. You'll discover the lessons that continue to shape today's political and financial landscape.

  • The key players — get to know the colorful cast of characters who peopled the government, unions, and other key institutions during this tumultuous time
  • The lack of a government safety net — find out what happened when banks closed, panic ensued, and lines formed for bread, soup, and jobs as Americans received little help from Washington

  • A portrait of depression — discover the impact of a constricting economy, the effects on family and social life, and the plight of the American farmer

  • Living through the truly hard times — see how Americans coped by moving west to find work and escaped their troubles through entertainment

Open the book and find:

  • Explanations of basic economic terms and concepts
  • Discussion of the U.S. political climate that fueled the country's economic woes

  • What it meant to live in "Hooverville"

  • What Hoover and FDR thought about each other

  • What happened across the globe during the Great Depression

  • The story of how organized labor grew and changed in response to hard times

  • What FDR accomplished during his first 100 days as president

  • How the Great Depression's legacy affects your life today

About the Author

Steve Wiegand has been an award-winning political journalist and history writer for more than 30 years. His journalism career has included stints at the San Diego Evening Tribune, San Francisco Chronicle, and Sacramento Bee, where he currently covers state government and California politics.

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 288 pages
  • Publisher: For Dummies; 1 edition (July 7, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0470487488
  • ISBN-13: 978-0470487488
  • Product Dimensions: 6.2 x 0.7 x 9.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12.8 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,471,826 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By Thomas Duff HALL OF FAMEVINE VOICE on September 5, 2009
Format: Paperback
Americans have VERY short attention spans, and it's far too easy to be heavily influenced by the hype of the 24/7 news cycle. But stepping back to read a book like Lessons from the Great Depression For Dummies by Steve Wiegand shows that history continually repeats itself, and we make the same mistakes over and over. That's not to minimize the pain and suffering that many are going through currently. But if we'd only pay attention to history, we could avoid a fair amount of our troubles.

Contents:
Part 1 - Heading in a Mess: It Was a Dark and Stormy Decade; Economic Basics - You Say "Depression", I Say "Broke"; Prelude to Disaster - The Economy Prior to 1929
Part 2 - Getting Depressed: Going Bust - A Depression Is Born; Coming Face to Face with Hard Times; Troubles on the Farm; Misery Loves Company - How the Rest of the World Fared
Part 3 - Living Through the Great Depression: On the Road; Demagogues and Desperadoes; Having Fun in Spite of It All; Labor Rising - Unions in the Great Depressions
Part 4 - Fixing Things: A Tale of Two Presidents; Roosevelt's New Deal; Lessons Learned from the Great Depression
Part 5 - The Part of Tens: Ten Good Movies Made in or about the Great Depression; Ten Things Invented or Popularized in the Great Depression; Ten No-So-Depressing Things about the Great Depression
Appendix - For Further Reading; Index

Like all Dummies titles, Wiegand doesn't attempt to give a deep academic treatise on everything that made up the event commonly known as the Great Depression. Instead, he attempts to paint the picture of what led up to the Great Depression, how the Great Depression affected life during those times, and how the events of today compare and contrast to those times 80 years ago.
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If you are looking for a good overview of the Great Depression to guide you on what to look into more deeply, then this is a great book. You will get a couple of pages on TVA, Father Coughlin, even the Marx Brothers. But you won't get too much depth on anything in particular. Even for historically minded people there are things in here that you probably didn't know. A great primer.
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Loved the book- it gave a keen insight to a very dark period in our history. If you liked this one- be sure to read Mr. Wiegand's US History for Dummies- it is now available in 2nd edition.
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I lived during the days of the Great Depression, so this book reminded me of those times and I enjoyed the style of the "Dummies" book.
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