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Reader recommendation: The Glory and the Dream

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For American history buffs interested in the period of the tumultuous 1930s through 1970, it's hard to beat the conversational detail of William Manchester's The Glory and the Dream. Manchester shows in detail how the Great Depression led to the election of FDR and his New Deal policies which – even today – frame the debate on the role of government in people's lives.