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Great Depression 1929-39 by Pierre Berton

Great Depression 1929-39 (original 1990; edition 1990)

by Pierre Berton

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Title:Great Depression 1929-39
Authors:Pierre Berton
Info:McClelland & Stewart (1990), Hardcover, 555 pages
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Tags:History. Canada.

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The Great Depression: 1929-1939 by Pierre Berton (1990)


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An excellent reading for anyone interested in the Great Depression, this is one of the rare works covering the situation in Canada during this era. Pierre Berton's books are well written and researched, this one is no exception. I am fascinated by the Great Depression period, it was such a difficult time and I like to learn about how people lived, coped with the hardships and carried on. Great book. ( )
  yann2 | Nov 12, 2011 |
Berton's usual excellent mix of telling personal stories as well as the politics. An era we hear too little about. The dust storms, the unemployment levels and the camps, the government's inability to take action - incredible. If WW2 hadn't ended it, what could have? ( )
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"The historian of the future, when he writes about Canada and the Great Depression, will comment upon the remarkable ineptitude of Canadian public men when faced with this emergency. He will write of the obstinate refusal of governments to face realities; of their pitiful and tragic tactics of 'passing the buck' to one another; and of their childish expectation that providence, or some power external to themselves, would come to their rescue and save them from the consequences of their refusal to look into the future, foresee events that loomed black in the sky, plain to be seen, and take such steps as were possible to mitigate the fury of the storm. The severity of the condemnation will be measured by the extent of the power which was not used and the responsibility that was denied." - Winnipeg Free Press, March 18, 1933
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Over 1.5 million Canadians were on relief, one in five was a public dependant, and 70,000 young men travelled like hoboes. Ordinary citizens were rioting in the streets, but their demonstrations met with indifference, and dissidents were jailed. Canada emerged from the Great Depression a different nation.

The most searing decade in Canada's history began with the stock market crash of 1929 and ended with the Second World War. With formidable story-telling powers, Berton reconstructs its engrossing events vividly: the Regina Riot, the Great Birth Control Trial, the black blizzards of the dust bowl and the rise of Social Credit. The extraordinary cast of characters includes Prime Minister Mackenzie King, who praised Hitler and Mussolini but thought Winston Churchill "one of the most dangerous men I have ever known"; Maurice Duplessis, who padlocked the homes of private citizens for their political opinions; and Tim Buck, the Communist leader who narrowly escaped murder in Kingston Penitentiary.

In this #1 best-selling book, Berton proves that Canada's political leaders failed to take the bold steps necessary to deal with the mass unemployment, drought and despair. A child of the era, he writes passionately of people starving in the midst of plenty.

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