The Hungry Years

America in an Age of Crisis, 1929-1939

T. H. Watkins

Henry Holt and Co.

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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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"The portrait of an entire age, elegantly rered and remarkably complete.A terrific, moving book. The Hungry Years is narrative history at its best." (Geoffrey C. Ward)

"An epic saga brimming with unforgettable anecdotes, glorious storytelling, and sound judgment. As a Great Depression historian, Watkins is in a class of his own." (-Douglas Brinkley, author of American Heritage History of the United States)

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T. H. Watkins

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.

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

Hardcover

Hardcover
Henry Holt and Co.
October 1999
Hardcover
ISBN: 9780805016758
ISBN10: 0805016759
6 1/8 x 9 1/4 inches, 608 pages
$32.50

Trade Paperback

Trade Paperback
Henry Holt and Co.
Holt Paperbacks
September 2000
Trade Paperback
ISBN: 9780805065060
ISBN10: 0805065067
5 1/2 x 8 1/4 inches, 608 pages, Includes five black-and-white photographs
$22.99
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