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Freedom From Fear : The American People in Depression and War, 1929-1945

Freedom From Fear : The American People in Depression and War, 1929-1945 - 99 edition

ISBN13: 978-0195144031

Cover of Freedom From Fear : The American People in Depression and War, 1929-1945 99 (ISBN 978-0195144031)
ISBN13: 978-0195144031
ISBN10: 0195144031

Cover type: Paperback
Edition: 99
Copyright: 1999
Publisher: Oxford University Press
Published: 1999
International: No

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Freedom From Fear : The American People in Depression and War, 1929-1945 - 99 edition

ISBN13: 978-0195144031

David M. Kennedy

ISBN13: 978-0195144031
ISBN10: 0195144031

Cover type: Paperback
Edition: 99
Copyright: 1999
Publisher: Oxford University Press
Published: 1999
International: No
Summary

The newest volume in the award-winning Oxford History of the United States --a brilliant narrative spanning the Great Depression, FDR's New Deal, and the Second World War

Between 1929 and 1945, two great travails were visited upon the American people: the Great Depression and World War II. This book tells the story of how Americans endured, and eventually prevailed, in the face of those unprecedented calamities.
The Depression was both a disaster and an opportunity. As David Kennedy vividly demonstrates, the economic crisis of the 1930s was far more than a simple reaction to the alleged excesses of the 1920s. For more than a century before 1929, America's unbridled industrial revolution had gyrated through repeated boom and bust cycles, wastefully consuming capital and inflicting untold misery on city and countryside alike.

Freedom From Fear explores how the nation agonized over its role in World War II, how it fought the war, why the United States won, and why the consequences of victory were sometimes sweet, sometimes ironic. In a compelling narrative, Kennedy analyzes the determinants of American strategy, the painful choices faced by commanders and statesmen, and the agonies inflicted on the millions of ordinary Americans who were compelled to swallow their fears and face battle as best they could.

Both comprehensive and colorful, this account of the most convulsive period in American history, excepting only the Civil War, reveals a period that formed the crucible in which modern America was formed.

Author Bio

Kennedy, David M. : Stanford University

David M. Kennedy is Donald J. McLachlan Professor of History at Stanford University. He is the author of Over Here: The First World War and American Society, which was nominated for a Pulitzer Prize, and Birth Control in America: The Career of Margaret Sanger, which won a Bancroft Prize. He lives in Stanford, California.

Table of Contents

Maps
Acknowledgments
Editor's Introduction
Abbreviated Titles Used in Citations
Prologue: November 11, 1918

1. The American People on the Eve of the Great Depression
2. Panic
3. The Ordeal of Herbert Hoover
4. Interregnum
5. The Hundred Days
6. The Ordeal of the American People
7. Chasing the Phantom of Recovery
8. The Rumble of Discontent
9. A Season for Reform
10. Strike!
11. The Ordeal of Franklin Roosevelt
12. What the New Deal Did
13. The Gathering Storm
14. The Agony of Neutrality
15. To the Brink
16. War in the Pacific
17. Unready Ally, Uneasy Alliance
18. The War of Machines
19. The Struggle for a Second Front
20. The Battle for Northwest Europe
21. The Cauldron of the Home Front
22. Endgame

Epilogue: The World the War Made
Bibliographical Essay
Index