I thought when I read Amity Shlaes’s The Forgotten Man: A New History of the Great Depression that it was an important book. Because I didn’t know enough about the Roosevelt era to be sure of my judgment, I asked Steve Hayward — author of The Age of Reagan, 1964-1980: The Fall of the Old Liberal Order — if he agreed with me.
Steve wrote back that indeed he did and that he had just written about the book for National Review. Steve’s review is now available here. In the review Steve writes:
Although there are several fine revisionist works about the Great Depression and the New Deal, Shlaes’s achievement stands out for the devastating effect of its understated prose and for its wide sweep of characters and themes. It deserves to become the preeminent revisionist history for general readers.