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Great Depression Economics Books.(Not Heavy Popular.)
self | 10/14/2010 | Self

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.


TOPICS: Books/Literature; Business/Economy; History; Society
KEYWORDS: books; burtonfolsom; depressions; fdr; newdeal; pages; rats; socalism
Recomdations PLEASE! I must return to scrape wall paper.
1 posted on 10/14/2010 11:58:38 AM PDT by Little Bill
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To: Little Bill

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


2 posted on 10/14/2010 12:02:54 PM PDT by Tublecane
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To: Tublecane

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.


3 posted on 10/14/2010 12:07:41 PM PDT by Maine Mariner
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To: Tublecane

That is, FDR’s Folly, sorry.


4 posted on 10/14/2010 12:07:52 PM PDT by Tublecane
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To: Little Bill

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.

Happy reading.


5 posted on 10/14/2010 12:08:41 PM PDT by OldNavyVet (One trillion days, at 365 days per year, is 2,739,726,027 years ... almost 3 billion years)
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To: Little Bill
Slightly off topic, I took Glenn Beck's book recommendation and bought The Real George Washington. At over 600 pages it is huge, but is a very interesting read. And I am not much of a reader, but it is hard for me to put down. Learning allot that was never written about him in my old history books.
6 posted on 10/14/2010 12:10:50 PM PDT by NavyCanDo
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To: OldNavyVet
St. Roosevelt, the Beneficent.
7 posted on 10/14/2010 12:10:53 PM PDT by Lonesome in Massachussets (Great Season Tampa Bay Rays! (Now, kindly send Carl Crawford to Boston.))
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To: Little Bill

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

http://mises.org/


8 posted on 10/14/2010 12:12:59 PM PDT by PGR88
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To: Little Bill

“The Politically Incorrect Guide to the Great Depression and the New Deal” is pretty good:

http://www.amazon.com/Politically-Incorrect-Depression-Guides-ebook/dp/B002AP9GSU/ref=tmm_kin_title_0?ie=UTF8&m=AG56TWVU5XWC2&qid=1287082921&sr=8-1


9 posted on 10/14/2010 12:14:42 PM PDT by kevao
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To: PGR88

bookmark


10 posted on 10/14/2010 12:14:42 PM PDT by fightinJAG (Step away from the toilet. Let the housing market flush.)
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To: Little Bill

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.


11 posted on 10/14/2010 12:23:12 PM PDT by equalitybeforethelaw
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To: Little Bill
I'm not near my bookshelf, but I think this is one I have which hasn't ben mentioned yet: The Great Depression by Murray Rothbard
12 posted on 10/14/2010 12:26:39 PM PDT by KarlInOhio (Grblb blabt unt mipt speeb!! Oot piffoo blaboo...)
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To: Tublecane

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.


13 posted on 10/14/2010 12:34:15 PM PDT by Little Bill (Harry Browne is a Poofter.)
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To: Little Bill
O/t, but I hope you won't mind if I tell you about a couple of the free books I read /am reading on my new Kindle. I am very much enjoying reading on it and it has been fascinating to read some of these old books. They are remarkable for being beautifully written and for providing a look at a world, not only free of PC-ness, but one remarkably unconcerned with anything but reporting things as the author saw fit.

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!

Also enjoyed:

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 Autobiography of Benjamin Franklin.

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!

14 posted on 10/14/2010 12:40:28 PM PDT by fightinJAG (Step away from the toilet. Let the housing market flush.)
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To: fightinJAG

Gawd I hate that —> “it’s” = “its”


15 posted on 10/14/2010 12:42:20 PM PDT by fightinJAG (Step away from the toilet. Let the housing market flush.)
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To: Tublecane

I just read FDR’s Folly a few weeks ago.

Shocking, really.

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”.


16 posted on 10/14/2010 12:55:51 PM PDT by Pessimist
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To: Pessimist

“I look at the things going on now and think they’re a “first”, but they aren’t.”

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.


17 posted on 10/14/2010 1:05:39 PM PDT by DrC
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To: Little Bill
Here are a few more:
18 posted on 10/14/2010 1:31:32 PM PDT by Fiji Hill
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To: Fiji Hill

Read one bookmark the rest thank you.


19 posted on 10/14/2010 1:36:08 PM PDT by Little Bill (Harry Browne is a Poofter.)
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To: Fiji Hill

A lot of stuff to add to my library Bookmark.


20 posted on 10/14/2010 1:38:43 PM PDT by Sergio (If a tree fell on a mime in the forest, would he make a sound?)
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To: Tublecane

I found the Flynn book at a church rummage sale. what a treasure! “the one” of an earlier era laid bare.


21 posted on 10/14/2010 1:44:37 PM PDT by stan_sipple
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To: DrC
"Even FDR never exploded federal debt as a percent of GDP to the levels advocated by this administration."

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.

22 posted on 10/14/2010 3:17:39 PM PDT by BroJoeK (a little historical perspective....)
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To: Little Bill

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.


23 posted on 10/14/2010 6:16:45 PM PDT by 1010RD (First Do No Harm)
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To: BroJoeK

“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.


24 posted on 10/14/2010 6:57:10 PM PDT by DrC
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