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The Forgotten Man
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Amity Shlaes is the author of four New York Times bestsellers: The Forgotten Man: A New History of the Great Depression, The Forgotten Man/Graphic, Coolidge, and The Greedy Hand: How Taxes Drive Americans Crazy. Miss Shlaes chairs the board of the Calvin Coolidge Presidential Foundation and the Manhattan Institute's Hayek Book Prize, and serves as a scholar at the King's College. A former member of the Wall Street Journal's editorial board, Miss Shlaes published a weekly syndicated column for more than a decade, appearing first in the Financial Times, then in Bloomberg.

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This breezy narrative comes from the pen of a veteran journalist and economics reporter. Rather than telling a new story, she tells an old one (scarcely lacking for historians) in a fresh way. Shlaes brings to the tale an emphasis on economic realities and consequences, especially when seen from the perspective of monetarist theory, and a focus on particular individuals and events, both celebrated and forgotten (at least relatively so). Thus the spotlight plays not only on Andrew Mellon, Wendell Wilkie and Rexford Tugwell but also on Father Divine and the Schechter brothers--kosher butcher wholesalers prosecuted by the federal National Recovery Administration for selling "sick chickens." As befits a former writer for the Wall Street Journal, Shlaes is sensitive to the dangers of government intervention in the economy--but also to the danger of the government's not intervening. In her telling, policymakers of the 1920s weren't so incompetent as they're often made out to be--everyone in the 1930s was floundering and all made errors--and WWII, not the New Deal, ended the Depression. This is plausible history, if not authoritative, novel or deeply analytical. It's also a thoughtful, even-tempered corrective to too often unbalanced celebrations of FDR and his administration's pathbreaking policies. 16 pages of b&w photos. (June 12) Copyright 2007 Reed Business Information.

Revisionist history from Bloomberg syndicated columnist Shlaes, who argues that federal intervention helped prolong the Great Depression. Copyright 2007 Reed Business Information.

"The Forgotten Man by Amity Shlaes will forever change how America understands the causes of the Depression and FDR's policies that prolonged it for a decade."--Grover G. Norquist, The American Spectator
"
The Forgotten Man
is an epic and wholly original retelling of a dramatic and crucial era. There are many sides to the 1930's story, and this is the one that has largely been lost to history. Thanks to Amity Shlaes, now it's been re-found."--Peggy Noonan
"The Forgotten Man is an incisive and controversial history of the Great Depression that challenges much of the received wisdom."--Harold Evans, author of The American Century and They Made America
"
The Forgotten Man
offers an understanding of the era's politics and economics that may be unprecedented in its clarity."--Mark Helprin
"A well-written and stimulating account of the 1930s and its often dubious orthodoxies. . . . Ms. Shlaes rightly reminds us of the harmful effect of Rooseveltian activism and class-warfare rhetoric."--The Wall Street Journal
"Americans need what Shlaes has brilliantly supplied, a fresh appraisal of what the New Deal did and did not accomplish."--George F. Will
"Amity Shlaes is among the most brilliant of the young writers who are transforming American financial journalism."--Paul Johnson, author of Modern Times
"Amity Shlaes tells the story of the Depression in splendid detail, rich with events and personalities. . . . Many of Shlaes's descriptions make genuinely delightful reading."--The New York Review of Books
"Amity Shlaes's fast-paced review of the [Depression] helps enormously in putting it all in perspective."--Paul Volcker
"Captivating. . . . Illuminating. . . . The Forgotten Man is an engaging read and a welcome corrective to the popular view of Roosevelt and his New Deal. . . . A refreshingly critical approach to Franklin Roosevelt's policies."--Clive Crook, The Financial Times
"Entertaining, illuminating, and exceedingly fair. . . . A rich, wonderfully original, and extremely textured history of an important time.--The American Spectator
"I could not put this book down. Ms. Shlaes timely chronicle of a fascinating era reads like a novel and brings a new perspective on political villains and heros--few of whom turn out to be as good or bad as history would have us believe."--Arthur Levitt
"Shlaes's account of The Great Depression goes beyond the familiar arguments of liberals and conservatives."--William Kristol, Editor of The Weekly Standard
"The finest history of the Great Depression ever written. . . . Shlaes's achievement stands out for the devastating effect of its understated prose and for its wide sweep of characters and themes. It deserves to become the preeminent revisionist history for general readers. . . . Her narrative sparkles."--National Review

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