Freedom from Fear: The American People in Depression and War, 1929-1945

Freedom from Fear: The American People in Depression and War, 1929-1945

Between 1929 and 1945, two great travails were visited upon the American people: the Great Depression and World War II. This book tells the story of how Americans endured, and eventually prevailed, in the face of those unprecedented calamities.

The Depression was both a disaster and an opportunity. As David Kennedy vividly demonstrates, the economic crisis of the 1930s was far more than a simple reaction to the alleged excesses of the 1920s. For more than a century before 1929, America's unbridled industrial revolution had gyrated through repeated boom and bust cycles, wastefully consuming capital and inflicting untold misery on city and countryside alike.

Freedom From Fear explores how the nation agonized over its role in World War II, how it fought the war, why the United States won, and why the consequences of victory were sometimes sweet, sometimes ironic. In a compelling narrative, Kennedy analyzes the determinants of American strategy, the painful choices faced by commanders and statesmen, and the agonies inflicted on the millions of ordinary Americans who were compelled to swallow their fears and face battle as best they could.

Both comprehensive and colorful, this account of the most convulsive period in American history, excepting only the Civil War, reveals a period that formed the crucible in which modern America was formed.

Title:Freedom from Fear: The American People in Depression and War, 1929-1945
Edition Language:English
ISBN:9780195144031
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  • William2

    NotesThis is a survey text which is not to say it can't deal with familiar material in a fresh and innovative way. It's extremely well done. I learned some new things and had my knowledge enhanced in ...

  • Ted

    enlarged review (Aug. '18)Probably the best historical narrative I've ever read. Why do I say that, I wonder.Perhaps because this tells a story of the time and place that I entered the world. I was fr...

  • Max

    Kennedy’s excellent summary of the Great Depression, the New Deal and WWII covers so much that its 850 pages are barely sufficient. Kennedy’s recounting of WWII is primarily useful for someone loo...

  • Dan

    This book covers U.S. history from the 1929 stock market crash, through the Great Depression until the end of WWII. The writing is excellent and even though this is a 900 page tome, it is still largel...

  • Matt

    This is part of the Oxford History of the United States. The book was very well written and very engaging and I would have given 5 stars, but I was expecting something slightly different.The book is b...

  • Katy

    Detailed history without losing the story line. Took me quite a while to read, but well worth it. ...

  • rmn

    Freedom From Fear is David Kennedy's Pulitzer Prize winning 850+ page dense and detailed look at the United States during the years 1929-1945*. In the book, Kennedy does an admirable job of dissecting...

  • Jeremy Perron

    The one thing that remains constant as I continue my march through the ages of history of the United States, is that America is a nation that continues to transform and change. The two extraordinary e...

  • Jay Roberts, CFP, CRPC

    In Time’s Man of the Year edition, they outlined some works in Ben Bernanke’s library. I picked up several of them, including this one on the Great Depression. This work is yet another tome, 900 p...

  • Aaron Million

    Solid book. A wealth of information concerning the New Deal programs and the depths of the Depression. Kennedy seems to go out of his way to - if not exonerate - at least to try very hard to paint Her...