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The Hungry Years

A Narrative History of the Great Depression in America

T. H. Watkins

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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.

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"A terrific, moving book. The Hungry Years is narrative history at
its best."--Geoffrey C. Ward

"A tour de force, 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, director, The Eisenhower Center

"A big-hearted, abundant narrative...Watkins draws compelling portraits of people oscillating between despair and hope and a political culture in the midst of historic transformation."--Henry Mayer, The Washington Post Book World

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  • T. H. Watkins

  • The author of numerous books, T.H. Watkins was perhaps best-known as the author of Righteous Pilgrim, winner of the Los Angeles Times Book Prize for Biography and a finalist for the National Book Award and the National Book Critics Circle Award. He died in 2000. At the time of his death he was Wallace Stegner Distinguished Professor of Western American Studies at Montana State University.
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