The-Great-Depression-Roth-Benjamin-9781586489014Reviewed by Erin McKibbin

The stock market sinks to all time low levels. Banks, after years of approving questionable loans, collapse under the burden of too many defaulted mortgages. The nation is in foreclosure and eventually the banks begin to close. Unemployment rises at alarming rates. Entire industries fall into receivership and the dollar is devalued. The economies of other nations in the world market begin to mirror the United States. The voters respond by voting a very unpopular Republican out of office and voting in a Democrat who promises change.

The year is not 2008. It’s the 1930s and Benjamin Roth, a young conservative attorney in Youngstown, Ohio, begins to keep a diary chronicling the Great Depression. Through Roth’s eyes the reader gets a bird’s eye view of the Depression unfolding and the consequences on the national and local levels. Every entry is an education. Roth spends the rest of his life reading about economics and evaluating the events of the 1930s with the goal to determine what caused this devastation and how to prevent it from ever happening again.

The Great Depression: A Diary is an education in global economics and fiscal responsibility. Through this book, readers gain insight into what happened 90 years ago and what is happening in our country today. Benjamin Roth proves what every high school history teacher has been saying for years, “Those who do not learn their history are doomed to repeat it.”

Rating: ★★★★★ 

Erin fell in love with the written word as a small child and subsequently spent most of her life happily devouring literature. She works as a freelance news, marketing, and technical writer as well as a full-time researcher/investigator in the sign industry. Erin lives just outside of Cleveland, Ohio enjoying the beauty of life with her children and grandchildren.

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