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By Benjamin Roth

ISBN-10: 158648799X

ISBN-13: 9781586487997

This name deals a first-person diary account of dwelling during the nice melancholy, with haunting parallels to our personal time. Benjamin Roth used to be born in manhattan urban in 1894. whilst the inventory industry crashed in 1929, he were working towards legislations for about ten years, mostly representing neighborhood companies. After approximately years, he started to seize the value of what had occurred to American monetary existence, and he started writing down his impressions in a diary that he maintained intermittently till he died in 1978. Roth's phrases from that specified time appear to communicate on to readers at the present time. His perceptions and reports have a chilling similarity to our personal period. Like many folks, Roth struggles either to appreciate and to coach himself approximately what used to be happening round him. he's sceptical of huge executive, but eventually gained over via FDR's New Deal. This number of his diary entries, edited by means of James Ledbetter, editor of Slate's "The titanic Money," unearths one other aspect of the nice melancholy - one lived via by means of traditional, middle-class parents, who every day grappled with a speedily altering economic climate coupled with nervousness concerning the unknown destiny. it truly is hugely topical - and well timed. the best bankruptcy because the nice melancholy has many americans thinking about what issues have been like because the nice melancholy spread out and other people didn't but understand how or while it should finish. it really is clear-eyed, readable - and eerily common. briefly, concise, and considerate entries, Roth chronicles the main telling moments of the good melancholy, from the drop within the cost of motion picture tickets to Hoover's failed free-market strategies to the increase in foreclosure in his native land and the way to profit from 'bargains' on the much-diminished inventory trade. it really is released one-year after the financial disaster of Lehman Bros despatched the area markets on a deep downward slide, and round the eightieth anniversary of 'Black Tuesday'. it's offered in a stunning package deal - endpapers utilizing unique diary entries, interval images all through, and beautiful inside layout.

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J. Case Co. R. of N. J. 360; Coca Cola 344; Detroit Edison 385; Eastman Kodak 284; General Motors 91 (after many split ups); New York, Chi & St. L. S. Steel 262 3/4; Western Union 272 1/4 (later lost about 90%); Youngstown Sheet & Tube 175. S. Steel 261 to 84; Sheet & Tube 175 to 43. Immediately after the 1929 crash the speculators rushed in to buy “bargains” but were badly mistaken because the market kept going down and down even tho industrial leaders kept on assuring the people that everything was fine and the worst was over.

42; Consol. Gas 95 etc. It seems there should be no rush to buy bargains in a panic. The opportunities are many and the period is often protracted. The best time to buy of course is when the panic is almost over. My guess is that we haven’t seen the end yet. JULY 30, 1931 Magazines and newspapers are full of articles telling people to buy stocks, real estate etc. at present bargain prices. They say that times are sure to get better and that many big fortunes have been built this way. The trouble is that nobody has any money.

8/26/36 Looking back now it is clear that the Toledo bank failures were but a fore-runner of the closing of the Youngstown banks later and of the National Bank holiday in March 1933. Very few people foresaw. We could not believe that Youngstown banks like the Dollar Bank, the Commercial and the City Banks would close their doors. We thought it could not happen here—and yet it did. It is cheering however to note that both Toledo and Youngstown survived the bank closings and are prosperous cities again with bright futures.

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