Politically Incorrect Guide™to
GREAT DEPRESSION AND THB NEW DEAL
Politically Incorrect Guide™
GREAT DEPRBSSION AND TBE NEW DBAL
"A thorough and impressive critique ofFDR and the New Deal which should be required reading in all modern u.s. history and economics courses. I highly recommend this insightful book." -Burton W. Folsom, Jr., Professor of History, Hillsdale College and author of New Deal or Raw Deal?: How FDR's Economic Legacy Has Damaged America
"Robert P. Murphy's splendid guide to the Great Depression and the New Deal is a clear, compelling account of an era that even most economists get wrong. Now that many people are clamoring for a rerun of the New Deal, you owe it to yourself to find out what such a sequel would entail. Murphy's book is the best place to begin your quest." -Robert Higgs, Senior Fellow in Political Economy, The Independent Institute "Today's central planners cower from the truth about the Great Depression and the New Deal like Dracula before a crucifix. Robert Murphy eviscerates the fantasy version of these episodes that is used to justify destructive and idiotic policies today. You almost feel sorry for the propagandists while reading this book. Almost." -Thomas E. Woods, Ph.D., author of the New York Times bestseller Meltdown: A Free-Market Look at Why the Stock Market Collapsed, the Economy Tanked, and Government Bailouts Will Make Things Worse
"Dr. Murphy explains in insightful fashion why the conventional wisdom is neither conventional nor wisdom. He is not only a good economist but can turn the reader into a good economist." -Gary Wolfram, William Simon Professor of Economics and Public Policy, Hillsdale College
"Bob Murphy's Politically Incorrect Guide™ to the Great Depression provides defenders of liberty the intellectual arsenal they need to counter the myth that capitalism caused, and government cured the Great Depression. Read this book and understand why massively increasing government is not change we can believe in." -Congressman Ron Paul
Politically Incorrect Guide™to
GRBAT DBPRESSION AND TBE NEW DIAL
Robert P. Murphy
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CONTENTS Introduction: Everything You Learned about the Great Depression and New Deal Is Wrong Chapter 1:
The Roaring Twenties The Onset of the Great Depression FDR and the New Deal The 1937-38 "Depression Within the Depression" Rosie the Riveter: Happy Times