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A Nation Lost And Found: 1936 America Remembered by Ordinary and Extraordinary People Paperback – February 25, 2015
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Frank Pierson is president of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences. An Oscar-winning writer, his numerous credits include the films Dog Day Afternoon, Cat Ballou and Cool Hand Luke and television shows Have Gun Will Travel, Naked City, Route 66 and Dr. Kildare. He lives in Los Angeles with his wife, Helene, three cats and two poodles. Stanley K. Sheinbaum is publisher of New Perspectives Quarterly and a board member of the International Center for Peace in the Middle East. He is a past chairman of the ACLU in Southern California and was a Rengent of the University of California from 1977 to 1989. He resides in Los Angeles with his wife, Betty, and their poodle, Micci.
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Most of us were not alive in 1936. This book, then, is about a time our parents and/or grandparents experienced. Thus, the book is of interest not only from a disinterested historical perspective, but also from a more personal, familial perspective, because it speaks of the experiences and attitudes of some of our family members and members of their communities.
The vignettes reflect many viewpoints. Some of the contributors seem to have been unaware of the suffering and turmoil in the world. In the words of one man, "Depression is a state of mind. There was no depression in 1936." Others were well aware of the difficult circumstances many experienced. To quote another, "It was a great year if you didn't care about eating."
Those who were poor had various strategies for coping. Some went to Canada for work. Others scrimped, wearing second-hand clothes and skipping trips to the doctor or dentist. A number rented rooms. A few women became prostitutes.
The authors do not attempt to draw lessons from what they present or to analyze the material. They present it as a book to be "browsed at random." In this they have succeeded admirably. All of the vignettes are interesting. Many are gems.
It's got a nice blend of academic approach and non-academic narrative style.