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Posted June 19, 2006
Good, not great
This book was at its best when explaining the ecomomic, industrial, and political reasons for the Depression, and the policies that led up to war in the Pacific. The author also did a good job of explaining what life was like for the poor before the Depression and how it had changed little since Reconstruction. The rest of the book was average, in my opinion. The details of FDR's new deal and the various agencies created became a jumble of acronyms that lost meaning. His discussion of WWII - especially in Europe - added very little new information. The title of the book was also mis-leading. I expected more insight into the lives of everyday Americans and soldiers. There was far too little of that and far too much standard Depression and WWII historical information in the book.
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