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A Rabble of Dead Money : The Great Crash and the Global Depression: 1929-1939
by Charles R. Morris


Overview - The Great Crash of 1929 profoundly disrupted the United States' confident march toward becoming the world's superpower. The breakneck growth of 1920s America--with its boom in automobiles, electricity, credit lines, radio, and movies--certainly presaged a serious recession by the decade's end, but not a depression.  Read more...

 
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Overview
The Great Crash of 1929 profoundly disrupted the United States' confident march toward becoming the world's superpower. The breakneck growth of 1920s America--with its boom in automobiles, electricity, credit lines, radio, and movies--certainly presaged a serious recession by the decade's end, but not a depression. The totality of the collapse shocked the nation, and its duration scarred generations to come.
In this lucid and fast-paced account of the cataclysm, award-winning writer Charles R. Morris pulls together the intricate threads of policy, ideology, international hatreds, and sheer individual cantankerousness that finally pushed the world economy over the brink and into a depression. While Morris anchors his narrative in the United States, he also fully investigates the poisonous political atmosphere of postwar Europe to reveal how treacherous the environment of the global economy was. It took heroic financial mismanagement, a glut-induced global collapse in agricultural prices, and a self-inflicted crash in world trade to cause the Great Depression.
Deeply researched and vividly told, A Rabble of Dead Money anatomizes history's greatest economic catastrophe--while noting the uncanny echoes for the present.

 
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  • ISBN-13: 9781610395342
  • ISBN-10: 1610395344
  • Publisher: PublicAffairs
  • Publish Date: March 2017
  • Page Count: 416
  • Dimensions: 9.3 x 6 x 1.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.4 pounds


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Books > History > United States - 20th Century
Books > Business & Economics > Economic History

 
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  • Reviewed in: Publishers Weekly, page .
  • Review Date: 2017-01-23
  • Reviewer: Staff

In this sprightlyif strangely titledvolume, Morris (Comeback: Americas New Economic Boom) recounts a major 20th-century crisis. Morris characterizes himself as a historian with a professional background in finance, and he is at his best when writing about economic matters, alerting readers to the latest, most authoritative thinking about the causes and realities of the Great Depression. He sets his main storys stage with a long introduction on the 1920s, which takes up a third of the book, and eventually hits his stride in the midst of the Depression. The usual charactersHerbert Hoover and F.D.R. especiallymake their necessary appearances, but part of the books distinctiveness lies in Morriss inclusion of little-known people, not all of them American, such as Chicago businessman Samuel Insull and the Swedish Match King Ivar Kreuger. Another of its strengths is that Morris goes beyond American shores to cover the Depressions roots in, and effects on, the rest of the world. Theres not much new here, but what Morris delivers is dependably accurate, well paced, and easy to read. This is an ideal book for readers seeking an introduction to the Depression years, though Eric F. Goldmans classic Rendezvous with Destiny remains essential reading. (Mar.)

 
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