The Thirties: A Reconsideration in the Light of the American Political Tradition

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 We are pleased to bring back into print The Thirties, originally published in 1968 as NIU Press’s third book. With contributions from some of the 20th century’s most notable political thinkers, historians, and cultural commentators, this remarkable volume has withstood the test of time. Original pieces from authors as varied as Irving Kristol, Howard Zinn, Upton Sinclair, and members of Roosevelt’s brain trust offer a diversity of thought from across the political spectrum.

With the country’s current economic troubles, this volume’s multifaceted take on the Great Depression and New Deal has never been timelier. This volume of essays—presented at Claremont Men’s College in 1965—will appeal to any scholar trying to understand the parallels between today and another tumultuous decade in 20th-century American history.


Martin Diamond
Irving Kristol
Howard Zinn
Leslie A. Fiedler
Morton J. Frisch
Frank Knight
Orme W. Phelps
Raymond Moley
Rexford G. Tugwell
Ernest K. Lindley
Upton Sinclair

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780875806327
  • Publisher: Northern Illinois University Press
  • Publication date: 3/30/2010
  • Edition description: 2, Back in print as a paperback with a new introduction
  • Pages: 163
  • Product dimensions: 5.20 (w) x 8.60 (h) x 0.60 (d)

Meet the Author

 Morton J. Frisch (1924-2007) was a Professor of Political
Science at Northern Illinois University for more than 40 years. He was the author or editor of eight books. 

Martin Diamond (1919-1977) was an influential constitutional scholar. He was a Professor of Political Science at Northern Illinois University from 1971-1977. Prior to that, he taught at the University of Chicago and Claremont Men’s College. He was the author or editor of eight books.
Charles R. Kesler is a senior fellow of the Claremont Institute, editor of the Claremont Review of Books, and Professor of Government at Claremont McKenna College.

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