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A Secret Gift : How One Man's Kindness--And a Trove of Letters--Revealed the Hidden History of the Great Depression

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"A wonderful reminder that economic hardship can bring suffering but can also foster compassion and community." -The Boston Globe In hard economic times like these, readers will find bestselling author Ted Gup's unique book uplifting as well as captivating. Inside a suitcase kept in his mother's attic, Gup discovered letters written to his grandfather in response to an ad placed in a Canton, Ohio, newspaper in 1933 that offered cash to seventy-five families facing a devastating Christmas. The author travels coast to coast to unveil the lives behind the letters, describing a range of hardships and recreating in his research the hopes and suffering of Depression-era Americans, even as he uncovers the secret life led by the grandfather he thought he knew.
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Product details

  • Paperback | 369 pages
  • 132.08 x 200.66 x 25.4mm | 317.51g
  • Penguin Books
  • English
  • Revised
  • Updated ed.
  • Halftones, black and white
  • 014312000X
  • 9780143120001
  • 334,779

About Ted Gup

Ted Gup is the author of the bestseller The Book of Honor and of Nation of Secrets. He is a professor and chair of the journalism department at Emerson College. A former investigative reporter for The Washington Post and Time, he has also written for The New York Times, Newsweek, GQ, Slate, and Salon.com.
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2,119 ratings
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