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Freedom From Fear: The American People in Depression and War, 1929-1945
DAVID M. KENNEDY

Freedom From Fear: The American People in Depression and War, 1929-1945 by David M. Kennedy
83 reviews (1999) (936p)
Pulitzer Prize for History Winner

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Book Description
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. 58 illustrations.


Amazon.com Review
You can think of Freedom from Fear as the academic's version of The Greatest Generation: like Tom Brokaw, Stanford history professor David M. Kennedy focuses on the years of the Great Depression and the Second World War and how the American people coped with those events. But there the similarities end--and, in terms of the differences, one might begin by noting that the historian's account is over twice the size of the journalist's.

Whereas Brokaw made use of extensive interviews, Kennedy relies on published accounts and primary sources, all meticulously footnoted. This academic rigor, however, does not render the book dull--far from it. Certainly the subject matter is interesting enough in its own right, but Kennedy offers attention-grabbing turns of phrase on nearly every page. He also unleashes some convention-shattering theses, such as his revelation that "the most responsible students of the events of 1929 have been unable to demonstrate an appreciable cause-and-effect linkage between the Crash and the Depression" and his subsequent argument that, although it made order out of chaos, the New Deal did not reverse the Depression--that, he says, was the war's doing. All in all, Freedom from Fear compares favorably to its companions in the multivolume Oxford History of the United States in both its comprehensive heft and its vivid readability. --Ron Hogan


Other Award Winning Books by David M. Kennedy
Over Here: The First World War and American Society by David M. Kennedy
16 reviews (1980) (416p) (PP His)
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David M. Kennedy Award Stats
Major Prize* Nominations 2  
Unique Books Nominated for a Major Prize* 2  
Pulitzer Prize Wins 1 Freedom From Fear: The American People in Depression and War, 1929-1945 ·  
Pulitzer Prize Nominations 2 Freedom From Fear: The American People in Depression and War, 1929-1945 · Over Here: The First World War and American Society ·  
National Book Critics Circle Award Wins 0  
National Book Critics Circle Award Nominations 0  
National Book Award Wins 0  
National Book Award Nominations 0  
Man Booker Prize Wins 0  
Man Booker Prize Nominations 0  
PEN/Faulkner Award Wins 0  
PEN/Faulkner Award Nominations 0  

*Major Prize = Pulitzer Prize, National Book Critics Circle Award, National Book Award, Man Booker Prize, and PEN/Faulkner Award

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