The Hungry Years by T. H. Watkins
America in an Age of Crisis, 1929-1939

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The acclaimed author of Righteous Pilgrim delivers this dramatic account of the Great Depression as seen by those who lived through it. Less concerned with the power brokers in Washington than with the daily struggles of ordinary people at the grass roots, The Hungry Years draws on little-known oral histories, memoirs, local press, and scholarly monographs to capture the voices of Americans in a time of unprecedented crisis. The result is narrative history at its best: a comprehensive single volume that traces the stages of the disaster chronologically without losing touch with the wounds it inflicted or the ways people responded. Humane and compassionate, historically sound, full of story and anecdote, The Hungry Years puts the reader at the very heart of the maelstrom that was the American Depression.
 

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T. H. Watkins's Righteous Pilgrim (Henry Holt, 1991) won the Los Angeles Times Book Prize for Biography and was a finalist for the National Book Award and the National Book Critic's Circle Award. It was named a Best Book by Publishers Weekly, Library Journal, The New York Times, and The Boston Globe. Watkins holds the Stegner Chair at Montana State University in Bozeman.
 
Published October 7, 1999 by Henry Holt and Co.. 608 pages
Genres: History. Non-fiction

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Watkins details the solutions Americans turned to with both despair and optimism: the New Deal on the one hand, which focused on putting America back to work and reigniting hope through welfare and relief, and the nascent labor movement, infused as it was with radical and communist elements.

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An entire library of books exists on various aspects of the Depression in America. It is therefore a daunting challenge to build something fresh and worthwhile using the well-worn facts and interpreta

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Montana State University's Watkins (Righteous Pilgrim, etc.) rises to the occasion, artfully assembling carefully selected anecdotes to deliver a brilliant, ground-level portrait of America as it struggled through the long and painful decade of the 1930s.

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