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The Forgotten Man Graphic Edition: A New History of the Great Depression
     

The Forgotten Man Graphic Edition: A New History of the Great Depression

by Amity Shlaes
 

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An illustrated edition of Amity Shlaes's bestseller The Forgotten Man, featuring vivid black-and-white illustrations that capture this dark period in American history and the men and women, from all walks of life, whose character and ideas helped them persevere

It's difficult today to imagine how America survived the Great Depression. Only

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An illustrated edition of Amity Shlaes's bestseller The Forgotten Man, featuring vivid black-and-white illustrations that capture this dark period in American history and the men and women, from all walks of life, whose character and ideas helped them persevere

It's difficult today to imagine how America survived the Great Depression. Only through the stories of the common people who struggled during that era—the ones with rock-solid values that helped them through the toughest of times—can we really understand how the nation endured.

These are the people at the heart of The Forgotten Man. This imaginative illustrated edition highlights one of the most devastating periods in our nation's history through the lives of American people, from politicians and workers to businessmen, farmers, and ordinary citizens. Smart and stylish black-and-white art from acclaimed illustrator Paul Rivoche provides an utterly original vision of the coexistence of despair and hope that characterized Depression-era America. Shlaes's narrative and Rivoche's art illuminate key economic concepts, showing how government intervention helped to make the Depression great by overlooking the men and women who were trying to help themselves.

The Forgotten Man Graphic Edition captures the spirit of this crucial moment in American history and the steadfast character and ingenuity of those who lived it.

Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
06/09/2014
Shlaes’s histories are beloved among Congressional budget hawks for suggesting that Calvin Coolidge was the last great thrifty president and that F.D.R. prolonged the Great Depression by ramping up federal spending. This adaptation of Schlaes’s history of the Depression by Dixon (Batman) and Rivoche (Mister X) represents her political views faithfully. Its hero and narrator is the practically forgotten Wendell Willkie, Roosevelt’s opponent in the critical election of 1940, but all the major social and political players of the time, from Andrew Mellon, Ayn Rand, and Father Divine to the Schechter brothers (kosher poultry kings who won a Supreme Court case against the constraining practices of F.D.R.’s National Recovery Administration), make appearances. The research-heavy narrative sometimes reads like an economics master class: competing government policies and business practices are discussed at length. The real hero is Rivoche, who manages to dramatize this polemic with stunningly realized b&w art and intuitive storytelling, which does not hesitate to open the tale into two-page spreads when necessary. The Keynes vs. Hayek debate may still be unresolved, but no one will argue that this is a beautiful use of comics to boil down a complex, abstract narrative. (June)
The Washington Times
“Rendered with extraordinary historical detail. . . . A dazzling achievement.”
Steve Forbes
“Everyone who has always wanted to share The Forgotten Man now has a wonderful medium, this book. Give it, enjoy it. Teach your children with it.”
The American Spectator
“Entertaining, illuminating, and exceedingly fair. . . . A rich, wonderfully original, and extremely textured history of an important time.”
Paul Johnson
“Amity Shlaes is among the most brilliant of the young writers who are transforming American financial journalism.”
Mark Helprin
The Forgotten Man offers an understanding of the era’s politics and economics that may be unprecedented in its clarity.”
Harold Evans
The Forgotten Man is an incisive and controversial history of the Great Depression that challenges much of the received wisdom.”
Paul Volcker
“Amity Shlaes’s fast-paced review of the [Depression] helps enormously in putting it all in perspective.”
William Kristol
The Forgotten Man is revisionist history at its best—full of fresh insights, undogmatic judgments, and illuminating observations. Shlaes’s account of The Great Depression goes beyond the familiar arguments of liberals and conservatives to make a truly original contribution. And it’s an awfully good read.”

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780062377388
Publisher:
HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date:
08/26/2014
Sold by:
HARPERCOLLINS
Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
320
Sales rank:
320,850
File size:
133 MB
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Meet the Author

Amity Shlaes writes a column for Forbes and serves as the chairman of the Calvin Coolidge Presidential Foundation. She is the author of the New York Times bestsellers Coolidge, The Forgotten Man, and The Greedy Hand. She chairs the jury for the Hayek Book Prize of the Manhattan Institute. She lives in Brooklyn, New York.

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