Reviews for Why Did the Great Depression Happen?

Library Media Connection Reviews 2011 May/June
This series examines the events that served as precursors to major world upheavals. Attention is drawn to the choices of famous world leaders as well as the reactions of everyday citizens. Brightly colored pull-out boxes highlight important turning points, the perspective of the everyday man, and further information on why specific events occurred. Numerous photographs help readers visualize concepts more fully. Each work includes photographs, maps, a timeline, glossary, and further information with books and websites. While the layout could seem crowded or busy, students should be able to easily use this resource. Table of Contents. Index. Recommended. Emily Cassady, Educational Reviewer, Dallas, Texas [Editor's Note: Available in e-book format.] ¬ 2011 Linworth Publishing, Inc.

School Library Journal Reviews 2011 January

Gr 6-8--This series explains the before, during, and after of seminal events of the 20th century in a clear, unbiased manner. The authors walk the fine line between certainty and moral ambiguity, knowing when to pass judgment and when to leave topics open for debate. Side boxes provide retrospective critiques of crucial decisions, with liberal and conservative opinions represented, and offer historical and economic commentary, especially in Hiroshima and Great Depression. Other sidebars include meticulously cited eyewitness quotes or extra insight on particularly important events. Even more information is contained in the maps, period photographs, and well-placed captions that grace every page. Some events are excluded, such as Neville Chamberlain signing the Munich Agreement. Though there is no shortage of books on these topics, the combination of information and readability makes these titles good choices.--Rebecca Dash Donsky, New York Public Library

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