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From the Crash to the Blitz 1929-1939: The New York Times Chronicle of American Life

From the Crash to the Blitz 1929-1939: The New York Times Chronicle of American Life

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In unforgettable words and images, Cabell Phillips takes the reader from the crash of the stock market to the crash of bombs in Poland. The journey was a monumental one for Americans--a time of bitterness and despair, of failure and hunger and want, but also of rebirth. The New Deal was part of a social revolution, a recreation of the American experiment. In popular culture, too, the decade beginning with 1929 saw a new flowering in music, in radio, and in the movies--now equipped with sound tracks.

In baseball, America's pastime, the decade saw the exit of the mighty Babe and the coming of the great DiMaggio and Ted Williams; the Brown Bomber, Joe Louis, dominated boxing. More ominously, overseas, dictators and militarists were on the march across Europe and Asia. Soon, Americans would be drawn into the whirlwind.

Phillips's goal has been "to tell you not only what happened but what it was like to be there." His sources were the files of The New York Times and the leading periodicals of the day, histories, memoirs, diaries, and government reports. Together, text and photographs offer a total historical experience of a decade in the life of a nation shadowed by depression, heading toward war, vibrating with its own frenzied excitement.

Author: Cabell Phillips
Publisher: Fordham University Press
Published: 01/01/2000
Pages: 596
Binding Type: Paperback
Weight: 2.42lbs
Size: 9.24h x 6.52w x 1.35d
ISBN: 9780823220007

About the Author
Phillips, Cabell: - Cabell Phillips was a member of the Washington Bureau of The New York Times for twenty-seven years until he retired in 1972. He was also a well-known writer on public affairs. His publications include his books The Forties: Decade of Triumph and Trouble, The Truman Presidentcy, and articles including The West Virginia Mine War (1974) and The Town that Stopped the Clock (1960). He also published a series in 1966 in The Times, "The New York Times Chronicle of American' Life", which he approached as a journalistic replication of the American past.

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