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Amity Shlaes graduated from Yale University magna cum laude with a bachelor’s degree in English in 1982.

Shlaes writes a column for Forbes, and served as a nationally syndicated columnist for over a decade, first at the Financial Times, then at Bloomberg. Earlier, she worked at the Wall Street Journal, where she was a member of the editorial board. She is the author of "Coolidge," "The Forgotten Man," and "The Greedy Hand, all bestsellers. Her first book, "Germany" was about German reunification.

Miss Shlaes chairs the board of the Calvin Coolidge Memorial Foundation, situated at the birthplace of President Calvin Coolidge. Michael Pack of Manifold Productions is making a documentary film of her movie "Coolidge." Her new book is "Forgotten Ma
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For years one topic has preoccupied many of us: bureaucracy's cost. It's the kind of cost you feel when you go through security at the airport -- how exactly do you quantify that cost though?

In The Forgotten Man Graphic Edition: A New History of the Great Depression our artist Paul Rivoche captures that cost painstakingly through the story of a collective and government-managed farm, Casa Gran...

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The Forgotten Man Graphic Edition by Amity Shlaes
"You have to like it when a book can entertain as a "good read" and inform as an educational piece. There are far too many pieces of information that exists that lean to far one way or the other. This graphic telling of "The Great Depression" had i..." Read more of this review »
The Forgotten Man Graphic Edition by Amity Shlaes
"A really good use of the graphic novel format. No funny pictures here. The book itself is a kind of odd historical view of the Great Depression. Odd because rather than bing a straight history, it's kind of a remembrance of a LOT of what happened..." Read more of this review »
Coolidge by Amity Shlaes
"I have only recently discovered Shlaes as a writer and I have found that I do enjoy her style and the period of history in which she seeks to unveil to her readership.

'Coolidge' is a good book and really goes into good detail on the life and caree..." Read more of this review »
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"Thoroughly enjoyed reading and making the parallels between the times of Coolidge and the choices he faced and those we currently face. Coolidge proved that lower taxes, especially for the producers of wealth, may not be popular with the weaker me..." Read more of this review »
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" Cannadine wrote such a good book on Mellon. Hard to top. I'm working on my postwar history, Silent Majority. Emphasis -- cities. Domestic policy. "
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" One of the things we asked artist Paul Rivoche to do was to convey the TVA in Tennessee. He did a great job with Norris Dam and the TVA project. David ...more "
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“Who is the forgotten man...? I know him as intimately as my own undershirt. He is the fellow that is trying to get along without public relief... In the meantime the taxpayers go on supporting many that would not work if they had jobs.”
Amity Shlaes, The Forgotten Man: A New History of the Great Depression

“The big question about the American depression is not whether war with Germany and Japan ended it. It is why the Depression lasted until that war. From 1929 to 1940, from Hoover to Roosevelt, government intervention helped to make the Depression Great.”
Amity Shlaes, The Forgotten Man: A New History of the Great Depression

“In autumn 1937, the New York Times delivered its analysis of the economy’s downturn: “The cause is attributed by some to taxation and alleged federal curbs on industry; by others, to the demoralization of production caused by strikes.” Both the taxes and the strikes were the result of Roosevelt policy; the strikes had been made possible by the Wagner Act the year before. As scholars have long noted, the high wages generated by New Deal legislation helped those workers who earned them. But the inflexibility of those wages also prevented companies from hiring additional workers. Hence the persistent shortage of jobs in the latter part of the 1930s.”
Amity Shlaes, The Forgotten Man: a New History of the Great Depression




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