Some of the grandest construction projects came about because of economic catastrophe. The Great Depression began as a collapse of the New York Stock Exchange, but as the economic crisis spread, engineering projects such as the Hoover Dam gave people across the nation a chance at getting honest work. Following a man who travels across the country in search for work, this brief text takes readers through the hardships of the Great Depression, but also manages to point out the advancements made during the 1930s. The Hoover Dam was first suggested years before the Great Depression began, but public works soon made creating the Hoover Dam, among other public works projects, a priority. Still considered an engineering marvel, the Hoover Dam continues to draw tourists and continues to supply power and fun to people who live in the area. While the illustrations are amusing cartoons, the author and the illustrator manage to convey the seriousness of the Great Depression while holding attention when presenting stark facts and interesting tidbits about the people who worked on the Hoover Dam. Reviewer: Danielle Williams
Product dimensions: 8.10 (w) x 9.20 (h) x 0.20 (d)
Meet the Author
Ian Graham is an experienced author of illustrated nonfiction books on a wide range of topics, including aviation and spaceflight. In 25 years, he has written more than 200 books and numerous magazine articles.