The Forgotten Man Graphic Edition: A New History of the Great Depression

The Forgotten Man Graphic Edition A New History of the Great Depression An illustrated edition of Amity Shlaes s New York Times bestseller featuring vivid black and white illustrations that capture this dark period in American history and the men and women from all wa

  • Title: The Forgotten Man Graphic Edition: A New History of the Great Depression
  • Author: Amity Shlaes Paul Rivoche Chuck Dixon
  • ISBN: 9780061967641
  • Page: 339
  • Format: Paperback
  • An illustrated edition of Amity Shlaes s 1 New York Times bestseller, featuring vivid black and white illustrations that capture this dark period in American history and the men and women, from all walks of life, whose character and ideas helped them persevere.This imaginative illustrated edition brings to life one of the most devastating periods in our nation s history tAn illustrated edition of Amity Shlaes s 1 New York Times bestseller, featuring vivid black and white illustrations that capture this dark period in American history and the men and women, from all walks of life, whose character and ideas helped them persevere.This imaginative illustrated edition brings to life one of the most devastating periods in our nation s history the Great Depression through the lives of American people, from politicians and workers to businessmen, farmers, and ordinary citizens Smart and stylish, black and white art from acclaimed illustrator Paul Rivoche provides an utterly original vision of the coexistence of despair and hope that characterized Depression era America Shlaes s narrative and Rivoche s art illuminate key economic concepts, presenting the thought provoking case that New Deal regulation prolonged the Depression.The Forgotten Man reveals through striking words and pictures moving personal stories that capture the spirit of this crucial moment in American history and the steadfast character and ingenuity of those that lived it.

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  • Amity Shlaes Paul Rivoche Chuck Dixon

    Amity Shlaes graduated from Yale University magna cum laude with a bachelor s degree in English in 1982.Shlaes writes a column for Forbes, and served as a nationally syndicated columnist for over a decade, first at the Financial Times, then at Bloomberg Earlier, she worked at the Wall Street Journal, where she was a member of the editorial board She is the author of Coolidge, The Forgotten Man, and The Greedy Hand, all bestsellers Her first book, Germany was about German reunification.Miss Shlaes chairs the board of the Calvin Coolidge Memorial Foundation, situated at the birthplace of President Calvin Coolidge Michael Pack of Manifold Productions is making a documentary film of her movie Coolidge Her new book is Forgotten Man Graphic with artist Paul Rivoche This book is for classrooms and thinkers everywhere.


  • Not having read the original Shlaes work of history, I decided to try out the GN edition to see if I could understand a non-fiction book without the benefit of all the words.And it works. The author/illustrator chose to focus the period through the narrative of Wendell Wilkie, exec for a utilities company, who talks over the history of the Great Depression and it's economic impact with Irita van Doren, a literary editor and Wilkie's longtime companion. It "breaks the fourth wall" without actuall [...]

  • You have to like it when a book can entertain as a "good read" and inform as an educational piece. There are far too many pieces of information that exists that lean to far one way or the other. This graphic telling of "The Great Depression" had it's right leaning moments, but read as more informational. There was nothing overwhelming in the author's personal politics. This book not only lead to a greater understanding of this critical period in American history, it caused me to think more of th [...]

  • Disclaimer: I received this book through a giveaway on the premise that I would review it. My copy was an uncorrected proof, and some changes will occur in the final edition (due out around May 2014.)This is a “graphic novel” version of the revisionist history book by Amity Shlaes in which she argues that the New Deal policies tended to prolong the Great Depression. For this version, the story is told through the narration of Wendell Willkie, an electric utility executive that ran against F [...]

  • I received this book for free in exchange for an honest review.Instead of copying the back cover or rewriting the book as so many do I will only tell you what I thought of it. It was a great book to read and it will explain a lot that you will not pick up in a classroom. Being from Tennessee you don't find many people who have something bad to say about the TVA. All I knew about it I learned in the classroom. The teachers told us that the TVA came in during a bad time in our nation when no one h [...]

  • I was curious: a graphic novel adaptation of a conservative economic history of the New Deal. Not my political mindset, but I definitely went into it with an open mind. The format certainly does not allow for a very detailed examination of complex issues such as this, to start. I've had similar problems with other non-fiction graphic novels. But this takes it one step further down the wrong path by making a novel type narrative out of the story. This adds dialogue and motivation to the actions o [...]

  • This is subtitled “A New History of the Great Depression”, and it is more a new history than about the Forgotten Man, except in the sense that the phrase was used by various politicians to mean different people.The history covers the period from about 1927 (when unemployment was 4.1% and the Dow Jones Industrial Average was 155) to 1940 (when unemployment was 14.6% and the Dow Jones was 140). It is a history of the persistence of the Great Depression despite everything government did to end [...]

  • A revisionist look at the Depression and New Deal where when President Hoover is criticized for intervening in the economy to help alleviate the suffering of the Depression you can only imagine what is said about FDR and his advisers. The hero is Wendell Willkie, a corporate lawyer who emerges as one of the main critics of the New Deal and goes on to challenge FDR for the presidency in 1940. The book is readable and the graphics contribute to the telling. My problem is the interpretive viewpoint [...]

  • My rating is 3.5 StarsThe idea of the The Forgotten Man: A New History of the Great Depression is ambitious and inspired; re-create a 2007 non-fiction book, which tells the history of the American Great Depression. The conflict: how to include the archival information and varied points of view into a linear story with original illustrations?The attempt is noble. Author Amity Shales and Illustrator Paul Riuoche have produced some moments of excitement and fluidity but these moments, unfortunately [...]

  • This is the first graphic book I've ever read. Of course, I'm familiar with comic books, and cartoon strips, but I've always thought I'd corrupt myself if I read one of these. I started reading the regular version of the book, but got side-tracked when I went on the psycho-neurology kick. Which I'm still on. So I thought I'd cheat and read this one. It took me awhile, probably about a third of the way in, to get used to it, but after that, I liked it! I discovered there is an illustrated guide a [...]

  • First graphic novel I have read. I have not yet read the text version of this book. The graphic novel seems to scratch at the surface of the story of the great depression. As I read this book, I kept asking myself why these ideas and facts were not ever part of my education. I also realized that the study of history needs to be ongoing, because its depth and breadth is too vast to cover in a semester or in one text book. Unfortunately, I see the themes and patterns of the history of the world in [...]

  • I love learning about history so I thought this would be a great book to read. I have never read a comic book before, so I thought this would be interesting and would hopefully give me more information and another viewpoint of the Great Depression. I was sent an uncorrected proof, which I have to admit was difficult at times to read due to missing words and some sentences that I could not make sense of. I do have to admit that I had a difficult time reading as I was not used to the comic book ty [...]

  • I received this book in exchange for an honest review. I have not read the novel that this illustrated edition was based off of therefore I cannot compare the two. This illustrated edition does its job very well of portraying the sadness and struggle the characters are going through. The art fit the story well and enhanced the storytelling. This is a great book for those who want to learn the different perspectives individuals had during the time and learn some more informative historical facts. [...]

  • I agree with Shlaes' thesis that the New Deal at best did not work and at worst prolonged and deepened the Depression. However, her book does not translate very well into graphic novel format. There are too many players and policies to keep track of and all nuance is lost when condensed and adapted into a narrative. In fact, this probably hurts rather than helps because readers who are not already sympathetic to the thesis will see the caricatures and dismiss the whole argument. For entertaining [...]

  • Didn't know that this was a revisionist history of the Great Depression praising some of the most avaricious and vile people in American history in the twentieth century, like Ayn Rand. Didn't notice the Steve Forbes endorsement I found on the back cover when I bought it on . Disappointing. A truly poisonous and insipid text, though one can learn something from the graphic novel as far as historical figures, politics, etc. if one can recognize that it is an extremely perverse propaganda piece an [...]

  • This was a slog, and also the point was basically "The New Deal was hooey", which I don't agree with and it took me like days of reading to get to knowing that was the point for sure, and yergh bleh. But it was really well illustrated, very traditional comic book-y, and that probably kept me reading the 16 times when I wanted to slam the book shut. So basically, well done in that a lot of work was put into it, but trying to cloak an ideological mission in a bunch of minutae of the day didn't wor [...]

  • I won a copy of this book on 3.5 starsI have not read the original version of this book so I cannot compare the two. With that said, this is an interesting presentation on an important part of American History. All of my Grandparents experienced the Great Depression in the South. I saw how it affected all of them well into the 70s and 80s. I will be sharing this book with my teens to help them better understand this time in our recent history.

  • Interesting. An in-depth look at the depression era with a more progressive slant than I've previously seen. It's a bit dry in spots, as history and economics are wont to be. While I'm curious about the book this graphic novel was based on, I don't think I'm in a hurry to check it out. This is probably not to everyone's taste, but it was definitely interesting.

  • A really good use of the graphic novel format. No funny pictures here. The book itself is a kind of odd historical view of the Great Depression. Odd because rather than bing a straight history, it's kind of a remembrance of a LOT of what happened before and during the Great Depression thru the eyes of Wendell Wilkie. I learned a lot.

  • Who woulda thunk it, a graphic novelization of the Great Depression?! Based on finance columnist Amity Shlaes' 2007 book, "The Forgotten Man: A New History of the Great Depression," the graphic novel definitely introduced me to aspects of the Depression and a whole cast of fascinating and flawed characters that I knew little to nothing about.Most critically, it shows FDR's New Deal "failed to either return unemployment to pre-Depression levels or restore the stock market." This is contrary to th [...]

  • A libertarian-conservative reenvisioning of the New Deal and its connection to the Great Depression, in graphic format. Argues that the New Deal did not help end the Depression and in fact actually extended it by creating regulatory regimes that benefitted big corporations at the expense of small businesses, more or less the "forgotten men" of the title. I don't know enough about economics or Great Depression history to know whether or not that Shlaes's argument has any merit—according to , co [...]

  • bit hard to understand, but do give me sth to think about. the new deal is always great in our history book, but the reality seems different. well, i guess most of the recent history in our (mainland china) history book has been twisted somehow

  • A graphic history of the Great Depression adapted from a book that's apparently somewhat famous for its conservative slant. Interesting to hear that side argued, but still somewhat dry.

  • I read this graphic edition after reading Shlaes' original. Several points which I overlooked or didn't fully understand in the original book I was able to grasp in the graphic novel edition.

  • Reading this book was a slog, I hate to say. There is an ideological undercurrent that takes it's time trying to retroactively find fault with Franklin Roosevelt and "big government" while documenting every dissenting voice (mostly from the right, but delighting in including those from the left). Anyone who felt "left out" by the sweeping reforms that corporately came to be known as the new deal gets their story told individually or is represented by the selected "narrator" William Wilkie (who r [...]

  • Amity Shales "The Forgotten Man" can be an intimidating work at almost four hundred pages and then coda, acknowledgements and fully annotated bibliography. So, after starting it and getting distracted before finished, I was THRILLED to see this graphic novel come out. I decided to read it, first.5o pages into the graphic novel and it's a mess. Who is the intended audience? Steve Forbes states on the back of the jacket "Everyone who has always wanted to share 'THE FORGOTTEN MAN' now has a wonderf [...]

  • This was entertaining and educational. This is a graphic novel version of a history book. Not sure how that works? In this case, it works very well. This is a history of the Great Depression, told by a historian that does not lionize FDR and presents the idea that FDR’s policies prolonged the depression. Who is the Forgotten Man? There are two of them – the unemployed working man and the anonymous taxpayer. One of the themes of this history is that policy makers ought to remember both of tho [...]

  • I wasn't able to make it through all of this book, but from what I read I'm pretty sure that it just wasn't right for me. I'm a big fan of graphic novels and the comic art form, but I'm not certain that comics were the correct medium to re-tell the non-fiction academic-style writing of Amity Shlaes' original work. What you have here is a retelling of the events surrounding the Great Depression with an emphasis on how the "forgotten man" - the hard-working normal guy in the factory and streets - [...]

  • I enjoyed the story told in the book (as much as one can enjoy a book about the Great Depression that reminds you too much of the present). However, the graphic novel format made it difficult to get any in-depth grasp of full conversations, the drawings made it a little confusing to keep track of the characters (more than once, I mixed up the main character with one or two others in the story).The best thing about this book is that the lack of detail almost forces you to read at least a few ent [...]

  • This is a graphic novel for Amity Shlaes' original book. It helped that I had read Shlaes' excellent book before reading the graphic novel. This book helped me to imagine the faces and emotions that were going on during this tumultuous time.I had hoped that this would be a good book to introduce my teenage kids to the issues of how FDR's programs actually created more problems, making the depression last for much longer than it should have. Unfortunately, I found that sometimes the graphic novel [...]

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