Hard Times: An Oral History of the Great Depressionby Studs Terkel
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In this unique recreation of one of the most dramatic periods in modern American history, Studs Terkel recaptures the Great Depression of the 1930s in all its complexity. featuring a mosaic of memories from politicians, businessmen, artists, and writers, from those who were just kids to those who remember losing a fortune, Hard Times is not only a gold mine of information but a fascinating interplay of memory and fact, revealing how the Depression affected the lives of those who experienced it firsthand.
"A huge anthem in praise of the American spirit." —Saturday Review
"Wonderful! The American memory, the American way, the American voice. It will resurrect your faith in all of us to read this book." —Newsweek
"An invaluable record... The talk of people who remember and those who only heard; of those who suffered and those who didn't; of those who lost everything and those who had nothing to lose; and of those who were part of the problem, those who tried to solve it, and those who were caught in between." —The New York Times
"Open Studs Terkel's book to almost any page and rich memories spill out... Read a page, any page. Then try to stop." —National Observer
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Meet the Author
Born in 1912, Studs Terkel is the bestselling author of twelve books of oral history, including Working, Hard Times, and the Pulitzer Prize-winning “The Good War” (all available from The New Press). He is the recipient of numerous awards and honors, including a Presidential National Humanities Medal and the National Book Foundation Medal for Distinguished Contribution to American Letters.
- Date of Birth:
- May 16, 1912
- Date of Death:
- October 31, 2008
- Place of Birth:
- New York, NY
- Place of Death:
- Chicago, IL
- J.D., University of Chicago, 1934
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Studs Terkel may not have been the first - person to put personal interviews at the center of his work. But he is as far as I know the first one who through his editing skill, through his intuitive ability to move people to speak of their lives, to make such interviews moving literary documents. He takes people who otherwise Time would have simply passed by, and makes their stories known. He shows how much poetry there is in everyday lives. And he through his work gives the feeling that what he does , the kind of interview he makes the kind of life- story which is told through it, is something which should have been done, and which should be done for every human life.
This book provides what are perhaps the finest first hand accounts of The Great Depression ever placed on the record. The words come directly from those who lived the experience and Terkel is the master at asking the right question and then shutting up and waiting for the magic to happen.