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4.0 out of 5 stars There was just one thing....., 23 Aug. 2011
This review is from: New York Jews and the Great Depression: Uncertain Promise (Yale Historical Publications) (Hardcover)
Overall, it was an interesting read. It isn't normally a book that I would read. I generally read fiction, but the title did fascinate me. I truly learned a lot about Jewish life during that period, but there was just one thing. What was the New Deal all about?

I did find out, but had to find it out in Wikipedia. I found out that it was a series of economic packages that Roosevelt brought in his presidency. However, Wenger assumed that everyone knew what it was, or more to the point that anyone who reads this book was American. The UK had left the Gold Standard so wasn't so much affected in such a way by the US. As a Brit, I was none the wiser. I went to the book's index and had to check to see if I had indeed missed anything. There was the odd mention about Roosevelt and his 'political program', but it was still not strong enough to make the link to the New Deal. Other index references on the New Deal mentioned how it affected the Jewish population, charities and Jewish philanthropy. It didn't mention how New Deal came to be.

I found this really annoying, especially when I found the book to be well researched with the facts and figures in the appendix.

Apart from that, it was a good book and I would have no hesitation in re-reading this, or reading any other works by Wenger. T'was quite a good read, but maybe she should get a non-American to proof read it.
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