I'm in the middle of the book now, considering putting it down, as it got very bogged down in giving bios on every conceivable character. I feel like she's going to introduce every living American in the 1930s...
It's a difficult listen with a lot of dates and names that seem to run together. I also expected more analysis on how the FDR admin. wasn't as successful as common history would have you believe. It was more of a run down of events that happened during the 1930s.
A fascinating run through the key players in and around the White House during the period leading up to and during the depression. Such notables as Father Coughlin, Guy Tugwell, Father Divine, and many others are profiled, in chronological sequence. The author provides background on each notable figure. Several major legal challenges to FDR policies are also detailed. I found myself cheering when the Schecter brothers won their case, as though it had just happened.
The Forgotten Man is the perfect book for the times we are in now. It reminds us of the lessons this country learned the hard way through the 1930s. Many of those lessons are not being taught in today's schools. This book lends credence the same philosophy my college economics professor taught. That philosophy is that no one can spend and borrow their way to prosperity. Ms. Shlaes' book taught me that in the 1930s is was possible to go to jail for selecting a specific live chicken for sale rather then grabbing the closest one to the door. She showed us what happens to common stock holders like you and I when government competes against private companies. To compare what happened through the 1930s to what is happening now is frightening. Everyone should read this (or listen to) this book.
Shlaes does a great job of explaining what you will never learn in Public Schools. Don’t be fooled by people who call this “revisionist”. As you read it you also see a lot of similarities in the legislation and arguments that are being used today. Unfortunately some don’t learn what history has to teach.
This book attempts to reform history to fit a particular political narrative.
It is propaganda. As propaganda, i found it kind of interesting. As a history, though, it is shockingly sparse. Your understanding of the Great Depression will be seriously incomplete if you only "read" this book.
The author tell a believable story if you are willing to forget and ignore all the history you have read in the last 75 years. This is a big time revision of the work of many scholars and real historians over the decades. According to the author, any thing good that came out of the New Deal was suggested or "hoped for" by Hoover, and the rest was pushed on the country by a brain trust coomprised of communists and fellow travelers. I walk out of bad movies and I didn't finish part 2. I concede the author put in a lot of research to find material that could be stretched and twisted to further her agenda, and there are a lot of conservatives out there (Bush's 27%)to gobble it up.
This book is over 14 hours in length and is just too lengthy for me. The author is very thorough, describing every aspect of the movers and shakers of the day, but I think I would have enjoyed it more if it was a bit less descriptive.