Freedom from Fear: The American People in Depression and War, 1929-1945 by David M. KennedyFreedom from Fear: The American People in Depression and War, 1929-1945 by David M. Kennedy

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

byDavid M. Kennedy

Paperback | March 15, 2001

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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 gyratedthrough 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, thepainful 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. The Oxford History of the United States The Atlantic Monthly has praised The Oxford History of the United States as "the most distinguished series in American historical scholarship," a series that "synthesizes a generation's worth of historical inquiry and knowledge into one literally state-of-the-art book. Who touches these bookstouches a profession." Conceived under the general editorship of one of the leading American historians of our time, C. Vann Woodward, The Oxford History of the United States blends social, political, economic, cultural, diplomatic, and military history into coherent and vividly written narrative. Previous volumes areRobert Middlekauff's The Glorious Cause: The American Revolution; James M. McPherson's Battle Cry of Freedom: The Civil War Era (which won a Pulitzer Prize and was a New York Times Best Seller); and James T. Patterson's Grand Expectations: The United States 1945-1974 (which won a BancroftPrize).
David M. Kennedy is Donald J. McLachlan Professor of History at Stanford University. He is the author of Over Here: The First World War and American Society, which was nominated for a Pulitzer Prize, and Birth Control in America: The Career of Margaret Sanger, which won a Bancroft Prize. He lives in Stanford, California.
Title:Freedom from Fear: The American People in Depression and War, 1929-1945Format:PaperbackDimensions:992 pages, 6.18 × 9.17 × 2.24 inPublished:March 15, 2001Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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Table of Contents

MapsAcknowledgmentsEditor's IntroductionAbbreviated Titles Used in CitationsPrologue: November 11, 19181. The American People on the Eve of the Great Depression2. Panic3. The Ordeal of Herbert Hoover4. Interregnum5. The Hundred Days6. The Ordeal of the American People7. Chasing the Phantom of Recovery8. The Rumble of Discontent9. A Season for Reform10. Strike!11. The Ordeal of Franklin Roosevelt12. What the New Deal Did13. The Gathering Storm14. The Agony of Neutrality15. To the Brink16. War in the Pacific17. Unready Ally, Uneasy Alliance18. The War of Machines19. The Struggle for a Second Front20. The Battle for Northwest Europe21. The Cauldron of the Home Front22. EndgameEpilogue: The World the War MadeBibliographical EssayIndex

Editorial Reviews

"A sophisticated and complete one-volume history of a traumatic period such as the Great Depression or World War II.... Kennedy gives a seamless account of the war."--Mark Gamin, Cleveland Plain Dealer