Skip to comments.Great Depression Economics Books.(Not Heavy Popular.)
Posted on 10/14/2010 11:58:31 AM PDT by Little Bill
I just bought a Kindal and and was reconnected to the written word, after our local book store went South and I ain't driving 40 miles when I get a word lust.
I have been interested in the overthrow of the Constitution during the FDR Dictatorship, my Grandfathers discription, but Amazon is difficult to search most of what I find is FDR butt lickers.
I have read a number of LS type economists but the list is rather short on the site, need help.
The Roosevelt Myth, John T. Flynn
America’s Great Depression, Murray Rothbard (though this one is about Hoover, not FDR)
The Forgotten Man, Amity Shlaes
New Deal or Raw Deal?, Burton Folsom, Jr.
FRD’s Folly, Jim Powell
The chapter on the Great Depression in Milton Friedman and Anna Schwartz’s A Monetary History of the United State.
The chapter has been reprinted in different places and books.
That is, FDR’s Folly, sorry.
My father declared FDR to be “King Franklin the First.”
Best possible novel about depression is Steinbeck’s “Grapes of Wrath.”
Best economic book explaining how governments cheat is a 1948 rewrite of Adam Smith’s “Wealth of Nations.” That book’s title is “Adam Smith Today” by Arthur Hugh Jenkins.
Not focused solely on FDR, but lots of interesting stuff. A bit dense, but if you are really interested in Conservative economics, this is the site
“The Politically Incorrect Guide to the Great Depression and the New Deal” is pretty good:
Kindle is a wonderful device (I have one) however the books available in Kindle format tend to be recent publications or heavy old sellers and classics. Finding lower production run books from earlier decades in Kindle is difficult. Do what I do, books not available in Kindle are usually available via Amazon. Buy them used and save a fortune. BTW you can request a book to be brought into Kindle format. Its just a request. I imagine Kindle will act on requests if certain books have the demand for it.
Read them all, passed out to the sheeple. I give My books to those that might be interested, kind of like preaching among the heathen.
On economics, this sounds like a drone-fest, but it was very interesting and, moreover, HIGHLY relevant to what's going on today: An Essay on Mediaeval Economic Teaching, by George O'Brien. Lots of stuff about how stupid Socialism is and, more importantly, WHY. And this was written in the early 1900's!
A Life of General Robert E. Lee, by John Esten Cooke. Not only an interesting portrait of the man, but a contemporary look at national politics and some of the battles.
The Oregon Trail: Sketches of Prairie and Rocky Mountain Life. This pithy little book is full of wry observations about society and peoples. Quite humourous in it's own way, too. (Be warned there are some jibes at the Mormons -- along with most everyone else.)
It helped that I had just read The Journals of Lewis and Clark, which provides a weirdly compelling tale of life on the plains and especially of the different Indian cultures. However, at least the free version of the journals, had a lot of repetition of entries, so I can't recommend it unless you are okay with skipping through a lot (which is quite easy on the wonderful Kindle). I think the prairie sketches are a good read, regardless.
And, hey, these are all FREE. So, check 'em out if you're so inclined!
Gawd I hate that —> “it’s” = “its”
I just read FDR’s Folly a few weeks ago.
I look at the things going on now and think they’re a “first”, but they aren’t.
That degree of change was much greater then. And people elected him 4 times.
Something to think about re “the good old days”.
“I look at the things going on now and think theyre a first, but they arent.”
FDR’s administration was just a beta test for Obama’s. Even FDR never exploded federal debt as a percent of GDP to the levels advocated by this administration.
Read one bookmark the rest thank you.
A lot of stuff to add to my library Bookmark.
I found the Flynn book at a church rummage sale. what a treasure! “the one” of an earlier era laid bare.
Yes he did, but it was at the end of the Second World War, and it took the US 40 years to reduce national debt back to levels of just before that war.
The most insane part of today's deficit spending is that it goes for no apparent purpose beyond paying off the Democrats' political supporters.
These are all good recommendations, but I’d start with Burt Folsom’s Myth of the Robber Barons.
It covers the history of the end of the 19th century and into the early 20th, just before the 2nd Roosevelt takes over.
Bad things started to happen in America right from the start with politics entering business and muddling things up. This book is a good primer on the bad ideas that shaped the early 20th century in America including the first dummy - Teddy Roosevelt.
“Yes he did, but it was at the end of the Second World War,”
Right. I meant that he didn’t do so during the 1930’s when he was trying to stimulate the economy. I would say that every penny spent on WWII was money well spent. But as that example shows, even when debt rose above 100% of GDP, it was possible to knock that down to more manageable levels over a period of decades. There’s no indication Obama has plans to do that.
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