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American-Made: The Enduring Legacy of the WPA: When FDR Put the Nation to Workby Nick Taylor
Synopses & Reviews
A must-read for history buffs and government wonks.... Taylor is at his best in describing the different projects and the lives of the people who worked on them. “-USA Today
Brisk…. Taylor's American-Made is bigger than its title suggests; he provides a succinct survey of the Great Depression and particularly its consequences for workers…. he interweaves personal stories with explanations of policy.-Washington Post Book World
Vividly rendered-a near-definitive account of one of the most massive government interventions into domestic affairs on American history…. The book is filled with plucky, fast-talking characters who by dint of charm and grit pulled themselves up by their bootstraps to participate.-Kirkus Reviews, starred review
Eloquent and balanced…. A splendid appreciation of the WPA.-Publishers Weekly, starred review
A paean to the WPA ... balanced and engaging.”—Boston Globe
"An immensely detailed book telling the epic story of an equally immense agency, American-Made does an incomparable job of chronicling an important chapter in American history, one which many of us only know from the classroom and some of us know all too well."-New Hampshire Business Review
A quick read … engagingly written…. There is something here for everyone to learn.-San Francisco Chronicle
"Well-written and helpfully structured.... Taylor intersperses individual stories to give body to stark statisticsan admiring, as well as admirable, history of FDR's main job-creation program."-Chicago Sun-Times
"A lively 'people's history' of the WPA."-Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
Vastly informative, popular history at its finest…. A straightforward, relentlessly chronological, clearly written account.-Dallas Morning News
"Chock-full of facts.... Taylor captures the drama and idealism of the program's early years."-Time Out New York
Taylor] has produced what is likely the most complete account yet of the much-written-about agency, just in time for the 75th anniversary of the New Deal.-Milwaukee Express
"A lively and uplifting look at hard times-and a government program that worked."—Arizona Republic
American-Made might be one of the most empathetic stories ever told…. It also is among the greatest.-Miami Sun Post
Pertinent and timely…. Filled with both insight and wisdom. It is highly readable, absolutely terrific and highly recommended.-Tucson Citizen
Taylor's book is both a paean to American resourcefulness and a staunch defense of the New Deal.-New Yorker
From the Hardcover edition.
A definitive history of FDR's New Deal looks at the origins of the Works Progress Administration in the dark days of the Great Depression, examining the progress, people, politics, and development of the WPA from 1935 to 1943 and assessing the enduring influence of the controversial program and its legacy in terms of American social policy and the country's physical landscape. 75,000 first printing.
Nick Taylor is the author of seven nonfiction books and collaborated with John Glenn on his memoir. He lives in New York City.
Table of Contents
In extremis — Hope on the rise — The dawn of the WPA — Folly and triumph — The arts programs — The phantom of recovery — The WPA under attack — WPA: War Preparation Agency — The legacy of the WPA — Glossary.
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