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The Politically Incorrect Guide to the Great Depression and the New Deal | [Robert P. Murphy]

The Politically Incorrect Guide to the Great Depression and the New Deal

In this timely new P.I . Guide, Murphy reveals the stark truth: free market failure didn't cause the Great Depression and the New Deal didn't cure it. Shattering myths and politically correct lies, he tells why World War II didn't help the economy or get us out of the Great Depression; why it took FDR to make the Depression "Great"; and why Herbert Hoover was more like Obama and less like Bush than the liberal media would have you believe.
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In this timely new P. I. Guide, Murphy reveals the stark truth: free market failure didn't cause the Great Depression, and the New Deal didn't cure it. Shattering myths and politically correct lies, he tells why World War II didn't help the economy or get us out of the Great Depression; why it took FDR to make the Depression "Great"; and why Herbert Hoover was more like Obama and less like Bush than the liberal media would have you believe.

Free-market believers and capitalists everywhere should listen to this.

Listen to more Politically Incorrect Guides.

©2009 Robert Murphy; (P)2009 Blackstone Audio, Inc.

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    Jim "The Impatient" Springfield, MO, United States 12-03-11
    Jim "The Impatient" Springfield, MO, United States 12-03-11 Member Since 2010

    I will listen to NO boring book. Old Fav's,Card, King , Hobb. New Fav's, Hill, Scalzi, Sawyer, Interested in Lansdale, Crouch, Konrath

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    "The winner writes history"

    I am always interested in books that challenge the norm or show the other side of what we read in history at school. I am not saying that RM is right, just that I like hearing the other side.

    It is scary to hear how much Bush and Hoover are alike and how much Obama and Roosevelt are alike. How close the policies of each of these presidents mirror each other.

    We are reminded that this was a global depression and that other countries who did not have spend spend policies got out of it a lot faster then we did. We are also reminded that we had depressions in the past that averaged only two years, mostly because we did not try to correct the problem through government.

    It is very hard for the US to do nothing when faced with a problem. This attitude of do something no matter what is what usually gets us into trouble.

    In the Intro we are told we are only going to get facts. I felt we got lots of unsupported opinions with are facts. At times the author talked over my head and at times I never could figure out his reasoning.

    9 of 9 people found this review helpful
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    Greg Stowers 12-20-11 Member Since 2010
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    "Scary"
    Where does The Politically Incorrect Guide to the Great Depression and the New Deal rank among all the audiobooks you???ve listened to so far?

    I think it is scary that all of that brilliant analysis by the greatest minds in history and economics still cannot even come to a basic decision as to what went wrong in the great Depression and what solutions if any worked. How could we possibly know today when we are right in the middle of it. Did the Tarp and the stimulus work or would it have all panned out being left alone?


    What does Tom Weiner bring to the story that you wouldn???t experience if you just read the book?

    I would never have just sat down and read such a heavy book but in audio form it was easier to get into and understand the flow. In just one year with Audible.com I have listened to 10 times more books than I read in previous years.


    If you could give The Politically Incorrect Guide to the Great Depression and the New Deal a new subtitle, what would it be?

    Myths surrounding the New Deal and what really happened to the economy in the 30's.


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    David Foxboro, MA, United States 04-14-12
    David Foxboro, MA, United States 04-14-12 Member Since 2012

    Voracious, omnivorous reader. Audible provides another venue to absorb information.

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    "How come they didn't teach this at college?!"
    If you could sum up The Politically Incorrect Guide to the Great Depression and the New Deal in three words, what would they be?

    Factual, compelling and illuminating.


    What was the most compelling aspect of this narrative?

    The description of the Federal Reserve system.


    What does Tom Weiner bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    His interest is evident. His tone kept otherwise dry material interesting.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    I'm disturbed by the successful process politicians and media distorting and hiding the truth.


    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    John Oak Park, IL, United States 10-22-11
    John Oak Park, IL, United States 10-22-11 Member Since 2008
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    "true history"

    I always love it when an author writes something that is actually true.

    FDR's Great Deal was a disaster and it caused a disaster, however most history books in the USA flip the story around backwards to make FDR seem like a genius and a hero.

    Robert Murphy sets the record straight in this "Politically Incorrect" guide.

    John Christmas, author of "Democracy Society"

    5 of 9 people found this review helpful
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    Steven Grand Rapids, MI, United States 04-29-12
    Steven Grand Rapids, MI, United States 04-29-12 Member Since 2006

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    "Hooray for Coolidge but Presidents since no good"

    The headline should be the real title of this book. While Hoover & FDR certainly both made mistakes during their presidency in regards to the great Depression, if you were to follow this author's policies, we would:
    1) Still should have child labor at work
    2) 80 hour work weeks
    3) No OSHA or workman's comp
    4) No Social Security programs
    5) No labor unions or collective bargaining
    6) No checks and balances on stock trading, banking, or business.

    Only thing I agree with this author is tariffs are bad for countries in general.

    In short, not an America I want to live in. Basically just a Libertarian world view.

    3 of 11 people found this review helpful
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    Don Consult Bolton, MA United States 10-30-11
    Don Consult Bolton, MA United States 10-30-11 Member Since 2003
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    "Politically Biased"

    I expected to hear it was all the liberals faults but yikes! Nothing new here, you could just listen to talk radio and get the same information and bias.

    6 of 21 people found this review helpful
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    Antonio ODESSA, TX, United States 09-04-12
    Antonio ODESSA, TX, United States 09-04-12

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    "Reader's Digest to the Great Depression"

    This book was terrible and lacked details. Robert Murphy frequestly cites other peoples works and doesn't add anything new. I did not get anything I did not already know about the Great Depression. I suppose this is a good book if you know absolutely nothing about the Great Depression or the New Deal. But if you want an in depth account go look for another book.

    1 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    Thomas Austin, Virgin Islands (U.S.) 08-25-11
    Thomas Austin, Virgin Islands (U.S.) 08-25-11
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    "Politically biased agenda, a great disappointment"

    Poorly researched, agenda driven with cherry picked "Facts" so obviously slanted that it should be placed in the comedy section, not history. Unfortunately it would be almost as bad in that category.

    7 of 27 people found this review helpful
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