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Author Grant, James, 1946- author.

Title The forgotten depression : 1921: the crash that cured itself / James Grant.

Publication Info. New York : Simon & Schuster, 2014.


Location Call No. Status
 Bristol, Main Library - Non Fiction  330.973 GRANT    Check Shelf
 East Hartford, Raymond Library - Adult Department  330.973 GRANT    Check Shelf
 Middletown, Russell Library - Adult Nonfiction  330.973 GRA    Check Shelf
 West Hartford, Noah Webster Library - Non Fiction  330.973 GRANT    Check Shelf
Edition First Simon & Schuster hardcover edition.
Description xii, 254 pages, 16 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations ; 25 cm
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references (pages 221-242) and index.
Summary "By the publisher of the prestigious Grant's Interest Rate Observer, an account of the deep economic slump of 1920-21 that proposes, with respect to federal intervention, "less is more." This is a free-market rejoinder to the Keynesian stimulus applied by Bush and Obama to the 2007-09 recession, in whose aftereffects, Grant asserts, the nation still toils. James Grant tells the story of America's last governmentally-untreated depression; relatively brief and self-correcting, it gave way to the Roaring Twenties. His book appears in the fifth year of a lackluster recovery from the overmedicated downturn of 2007-2009. In 1920-21, Woodrow Wilson and Warren G. Harding met a deep economic slump by seeming to ignore it, implementing policies that most twenty-first century economists would call backward. Confronted with plunging prices, wages, and employment, the government balanced the budget and, through the Federal Reserve, raised interest rates. No "stimulus" was administered, and a powerful, job-filled recovery was under way by late in 1921. In 1929, the economy once again slumped--and kept right on slumping as the Hoover administration adopted the very policies that Wilson and Harding had declined to put in place. Grant argues that well-intended federal intervention, notably the White House-led campaign to prop up industrial wages, helped to turn a bad recession into America's worst depression. He offers the experience of the earlier depression for lessons for today and the future. This is a powerful response to the prevailing notion of how to fight recession. The enterprise system is more resilient than even its friends give it credit for being, Grant demonstrates"-- Provided by publisher.
Subject Depressions.
Financial crises -- United States -- History -- 20th century.
Depressions -- 1920.
BUSINESS & ECONOMICS -- Economic conditions.
BUSINESS & ECONOMICS -- Money & Monetary Policy.
History -- United States -- 20th Century.
United States -- Economic conditions -- 1918-1945.
United States -- Economic policy -- 20th century.
ISBN 9781451686456 (hardback)
1451686455 (hardback)
9781451686463 (trade paper)
1451686463 (trade paper)
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