For the history buffs, this is a really cool set of depression era photographs in color

Also, while I'm on the subject, I would not recommend the book The Worst Hard Time: The Untold Story of Those who Survived the Great American Dust Bowl by Timothy Egan. While the author does an excellent job describing the period, the book goes on too long painting the picture of the day ad nauseum. I had to put it down after 2/3rds in. 

Jack Tierney, President of the Old Speculator's Club, writes in:

Sorry to hear that Vince didn't like this book. It was among the non-fiction titles my library book club included last year. At year end we generally review the group's opinion on our choices — this was selected as the "best" of the non-fiction selections. It resonated especially well with those older members who felt that their parents had informed them fully on just how bad the Depression (and the weather) really was.

It also demonstrated that Steinbeck's Grapes of Wrath presented only a slice of what actually transpired…and that those stuck in the Oklahoma/Texas area had no place to run or hide — and that FDR's plan to plant two million trees where trees had never grown was a great "works" project, but one with little chance of success.

More important (at least to me) was Washington's (and the east coast power elite's) ongoing indifference to problems in "fly-over" land. When one of the major dust storms engulfed the Capitol, remediation bills that had lingered in Congress for years, got passed overnight. 





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3 Comments so far

  1. Rob Liu on August 28, 2013 10:44 pm

    compare 1930 to 18330 and 2013 to 1930. It pathetic how little we have advanced

  2. Andre Wallin on August 29, 2013 7:48 am

    The biggest errors in life, I believe, come from the ego’s inability to come to terms with dying. How many things do we do in error out of the death instinct?

    Most are so busy having children, working, and contributing to their 401s that they become part of the unthinking machine. They submit and compromise because they don’t have the resources to contemplate life in solitude thereby extricating themselves from the social band of human existence. Maybe they don’t have the genetics to live outside the herd, I don’t know…

  3. Rob Liu on August 29, 2013 8:14 pm

    Andre Wallin,

    Its always funny when economists say people are not rational and thus you need the government to run things. Think about how rational people are, given that we know we will die and nothing we do can change that. In the big picture our impact on the universe is next to nothing and it does not matter if we die today or in 30 years. Yet people are brave and rational enough to live their lives and care for their business.


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