March 09, 2009

Book Critic Quote of the Day

Jonathan Chait, on Amity Shlaes' "The Forgotten Man":

The experience of reading The Forgotten Man is more like talking to an old person who lived through the Depression than it is like reading an actual history of the Depression. Major events get cursory treatment while minor characters, such as an idiosyncratic black preacher or the founder of Alcoholics Anonymous, receive lengthy portraits. Having been prepared for a revisionist argument against the New Deal, I kept wondering if I had picked up the wrong book.

Posted by Stephen Silver at March 9, 2009 02:01 PM
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