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VOYAThe format of this new edition of Burg's analysis of the Great Depression parallels the first, originally published in 1996. The book is divided into seven chapters, each covering a specific timeframe beginning with causative events preceding the crisis (1919-1928) and ending with the emerging Second World War (1939-1941.) Each chapter opens with a narrative summary and analysis of the period, followed by a chronological listing of significant events and then by primary-source contemporary quotations from private citizens, politicians, radio broadcasts, and more. There are three appendixes: selected documents, biographies of major personalities, and graphs and charts. Interspersed throughout the text are approximately one hundred black-and-white photographs, which together with the quotations, help give readers a sense of everyday depression-era life. Many of the photos are evocative-about two dozen were added for this new edition, and the narrative and quotation sections enlarged, for example, to include segments on the racehorse Seabiscuit, as well as to expand the depression experiences of women and African Americans. Burg's prose is clear, but it is difficult to imagine the teen who would read this book for pleasure. The information density is high, but in a number of areas the narrative summaries presuppose a background knowledge that few teens are likely to have acquired. The book will be of most value to in-depth researchers, but given its high price and the other many resources available on the depression, this volume would seem to be an optional purchase for school and public libraries. 2005, Facts on File, 444p.; Index. Photos. Charts. Biblio. Chronology. Appendix., PLB $75..Ages 15 to Adult.
—Mary E. Heslin