A New York Times Notable Book of the Year
The Hungry Years offers the full, sweeping story of the Great Depression through the perspectives of those who lived it. Less concerned with the power brokers in Washington than with the daily struggles of ordinary people at the grass roots, it draws on little-known oral histories, memoirs, local press, and scholarly monographs to depict America in a time of extreme crisis. Watkins mines a plethora of individual experiences and telling anecdotes to construct a narrative of compassion, scope, and insight. He traces the disaster chronologically, aptly relating its politics and policies, but never loses sight of the personal wounds it inflicted.