Hard Times: An Oral History of the Great Depression

Hard Times: An Oral History of the Great Depression


By (author) Studs Terkel

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  • Publisher: The New Press
  • Format: Paperback | 475 pages
  • Dimensions: 140mm x 210mm x 38mm | 558g
  • Publication date: 7 July 2005
  • Publication City/Country: New York
  • ISBN 10: 1565846567
  • ISBN 13: 9781565846562
  • Sales rank: 161,323

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In this unique re-creation of one of the most dramatic periods in modern American history, Studs Terkel recaptures the Great Depression of the 1930s in all its complexity. The book is a mosaic of memories from those who were richest to those who were most destitute: politicians like James Farley and Raymond Moley; businessmen like Bill Benton and Clement Stone; a six-day bicycle racer; artists and writers; racketeers; speakeasy operators, strikers, and impoverished farmers; people who were just kids; and those who remember losing a fortune. Hard Times is not only a gold mine of information--much of it little known--but also a fascinating interplay of memory and fact, showing how the Depression affected the lives of those who experienced it firsthand, often transforming the most bitter memories into a surprising nostalgia.

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Open [it] to almost any page and rich memories spill out....Read a page, any page. Then try to stop.