Lessons from the Great Depression For Dummies

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An in-depth look at the lessons from one of the worst times in America's financial history

Are you worried about the economy? You're certainly not alone. According to most economists, the turmoil that Americans will face over the next four years will be the roughest financial times since the Great Depression-and many are looking backward to learn how to survive an ongoing and sustained economic downturn.

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Overview

An in-depth look at the lessons from one of the worst times in America's financial history

Are you worried about the economy? You're certainly not alone. According to most economists, the turmoil that Americans will face over the next four years will be the roughest financial times since the Great Depression-and many are looking backward to learn how to survive an ongoing and sustained economic downturn.

Lessons from the Great Depression For Dummies takes a historic look at the events and circumstances leading up to the 1929 crash and subsequent depression, then the economic aftermath-particularly the economic response. This book paints a historic picture of those times and examines not only the critical failures that led to a decade of depression, but also the positive and negative aftershocks that created the modern American lifestyle. You'll see how the lessons we learned have shaped today's political and financial landscape-and how they'll continue to be part of the American experience for future generations.

  • Provides information on what was learned from the Great Depression and how those lessons have shaped the economic foundation of modern society
  • Looks at the various factors that combined to create the Great Depression
  • Examines the social and cultural impact that the Depression had on the American people-and how our lives today are very much a product of those factors
  • Steve Wiegand, n award-winning political journalist and history writer, is the also the author of U.S. History for Dummies, 2nd Edition

For anyone looking to understand how the American people survived and emerged from a financial disaster with their heads held high and their spirit intact, Lessons from the Great Depression For Dummies is the ideal resource.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780470487488
  • Publisher: Wiley
  • Publication date: 7/7/2009
  • Series: For Dummies Series
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 288
  • Product dimensions: 6.15 (w) x 9.22 (h) x 0.70 (d)

Meet 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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Table of Contents

Introduction.

Part I: Heading into a Mess.

Chapter 1: It Was a Dark and Stormy Decade.

Chapter 2: Economic Basics: You Say “Depression,” I Say “Broke”.

Chapter 3: Prelude to Disaster: The Economy Prior to 1929.

Part II: Getting Depressed.

Chapter 4: Going Bust: A Depression Is Born.

Chapter 5: Coming Face to Face with Hard Times.

Chapter 6: Troubles on the Farm.

Chapter 7: Misery Loves Company: How the Rest of the World Fared.

Part III: Living Through the Great Depression.

Chapter 8: On the Road.

Chapter 9: Demagogues and Desperadoes.

Chapter 10: Having Fun in Spite of It All.

Chapter 11: Labor Rising: Unions in the Great Depression.

Part IV: Fixing Things.

Chapter 12: A Tale of Two Presidents.

Chapter 13: Roosevelt’s New Deal.

Chapter 14: Lessons Learned from the Great Depression.

Part V: The Part of Tens.

Chapter 15: Ten Good Movies Made in or about the Great Depression.

Chapter 16: Ten Things Invented or Popularized in the Great Depression.

Chapter 17: Ten Not-So-Depressing Things about the Great Depression.

Appendix: For Further Reading.

Index.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 20, 2009

    Good Overview

    This is a good basic overview of the factors that led to the Great Depression, what it was like living through those times, the ways the presidents dealt with the problems, and how that era compares with the present crisis.

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