Rainbow's End

Rainbow's End : The Crash of 1929

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Few single events have affected business and society in the US so profoundly, and in such a short time. There have also been few books that address both these elements of the crash together, and very little published on the subject in the past decade. In this book, a gifted narrative historian with extensive background in the history of business and finance will put into perspective the many conflicting theories of what caused the crash, what role speculation did or did not play, whether or not it could have been avoided, and what role it played in bringing on the depression. The crash itself will be the climax of the narrative. Most of the book will concentrate on the decade before the crash, outlining the heavy bull market, and describing an era of unprecedented technological development, optimism, and expanding wealth. This decade saw the burgeoning of mass society and a popular culture driven by media and advertising, and a heady free market marked by unregulated banking and credit systems, and get-rich-quick schemes. Klein argues that the stock market crash marked a turning point in American history where the failure of self-regulating individualism led to an overhaul of the financial system and much more government regulation. It threw into question the beliefs in the American dream spawned by the 20s and preceded a preiod of deep depression, not only economically, but in regard to the most fundamental American values. The narrative will use a variety of people, developments, and events to illuminate these themes: Jack Morgan, Richard Whitney, Joseph Kennedy, Charles Mitchell, Herbert Hoover, John J. Raskob, and Alexander J. Noyes.show more

Product details

  • Paperback | 368 pages
  • 154.94 x 231.14 x 25.4mm | 498.95g
  • Oxford University Press Inc
  • New York, United States
  • English
  • numerous halftones
  • 0195158016
  • 9780195158014
  • 1,208,998

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'Rainbow's End' paints the most compelling picture yet of the stock market crash of 1929. In Maury Klein's able hands, the story of the crash ends up illuminating not just Wall Street in the Jazz Age, but America as well. Boom and bust: Klein gives us both, in all their intoxicating and hysterical glory.' * The New Yorker * 'Well-written, entertaining and detailed...Klein shows how optimism gradually spawned financial euphoria.' * The New York Times Book Review * Review from previous edition 'Land crooks...delusional bank chairman...high rolling speculators...The woes of the local shoe-shine man and Groucho Marx get mentioned too...Klein offers a swift survey of the lunatic optimism of Wall Street and how it all turned to dust in the closing days of October...Each chapter resonates with the follies of today.' * Wall Street Journal *show more

About Maury Klein

Mury Klein is Professor of History, University of Rhode Islandshow more

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