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Favreau, Marc. Crash: The Great Depression and the Fall and Rise of America.

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Favreau, Marc. Crash: The Great Depression and the Fall and Rise of America. Little, Brown, April 2018. 240p. $18.99. 978-0-31654586-0. Table of Contents. Photos. Index. Biblio. Source Notes.

From widely publicized events like the stock market crash to more intimate pieces of history like the Sparengass eviction, Crash tells the story of life in America in the 1930s. Economically, the United States attempts to endure the Great Depression but fails repeatedly. Politically, the country welcomes Franklin and Eleanor Roosevelt to the White House, and a wave of hope floods the country--but will it last? Is the country's rising morale enough to save it from what seems like certain disaster?

A nonfiction narrative, Crash recounts history within the plot of the grand story of the 1930s. Much like Steve Sheinkin did in Bomb (Macmillan, 2012/VOYA October 2012), Favreau writes in a clear and relatable way, simplifing the political complexities of the issue in order to appeal to a younger reader. Favreau uses powerful photographs to illustrate key concepts within the narrative. Primary resources provide numerous quotations that breathe life into the story and help the reader connect to the historical figures as if each was a character in a work of fiction. This story is far from a slow-moving history book. For readers who think of themselves as history buffs as well as those who just love a thought-provoking story, Crash will deliver on all levels.--Richard Vigdor.

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Author:Vigdor, Richard
Publication:Voice of Youth Advocates
Article Type:Book review
Date:Apr 1, 2018
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