Other Books

The Great Depression and the New Deal: A Very Short Introduction

From the publisher

The Great Depression and the New Deal: A Very Short Introduction explores the roots, events, and legacy of the Great Depression and Roosevelt’s New Deal. America’s post-war laissez-faire economic policies resulted in an economic upheaval of unprecedented severity, to which President Roosevelt responded with a vigorous (and sometimes unconstitutional) set of Depression-fighting economic measures, which were only justifiable in the face of such a global economic disaster. Key New Deal programs are examined, such as the National Recovery Agency, Public Works Administration, and Social Security, revealing why some worked and others did not.


Rauchway boils it down to 150 pages. He calls it: The Great Depression and the New Deal: A Very Short Introduction. I call it required reading.

Laura Conaway, NPR’s Planet Money

Everybody’s talking new New Deal these days… Eric Rauchway is all over this.

Paul Krugman, The New York Times

This well written, informative and illustrated book sets the scene, introduces the analysis and paves the way for an informed debate from which we can—and should—learn much.

Andrew Dodgshon, Tribune (UK)

Eric Rauchway has courageously undertaken a major challenge. He has squeezed into a slim pocket size volume an analytical account of one of the most complex and widely debated periods in modern US history. He writes about the Great Depression and the New Deal era with great skill and understanding. In doing so he delivers an excellent introduction to a time of serious economic crisis and the response of government to it. This troubled decade has caught the attention of a public reeling from the shock of the current economic and financial malaise. Anyone who wants a full understanding of the last great crisis should start by reading this perceptive study.

Peter Fearon, American Studies

Blessed Among Nations: How the World Made America

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Nineteenth-century globalization made America exceptional. On the back of European money and immigration, America became an empire with considerable skill at conquest but little experience administering other people's, or its own, affairs, which it preferred to leave to the energies of private enterprise. The nation's resulting state institutions and traditions left America immune to the trends of national development and ever after unable to persuade other peoples to follow its example.

In this concise, argumentative book, Eric Rauchway traces how, from the mid-1800s to the early 1900s, the world allowed the United States to become unique and the consequent dangers we face to this very day.


Rauchway's book is right on time and right on target.

Kirkus Reviews

Provocative . . . Blessed Among Nations combines the same fluid writing style, bold interpretive approach, and ambitious agenda that made the work of mid-twentieth-century historians like Richard Hofstadter, Arthur Schlesinger, Jr., and C. Vann Woodward so important and so broadly relevant. 

Joshua Zeitz, American Heritage

Blessed Among Nations is a welcome contribution to a growing literature that examines the history of the United States in the context of global economic development. Rauchway pulls a mass of interesting and complex information together into a solid, convincing, and clear narrative that will lead readers to a new appreciation of the depth of the United States' historical engagement with the global economy and to an understanding of the intimate consequences of this engagement for the country's political, social, and institutional development.

Walter Russell Mead, Foreign Affairs

Murdering McKinley: The Making of Theodore Roosevelt's America

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When President William McKinley was murdered at the Pan-American Exposition in Buffalo, New York, on September 6, 1901, Americans were bereaved and frightened. Rumor ran rampant: A wild-eyed foreign anarchist with an unpronounceable name had killed the commander-in-chief. Eric Rauchway's brilliant Murdering McKinley restages Leon Czolgosz's hastily conducted trial and then traverses America with Dr. Vernon Briggs, a Boston alienist who sets out to discover why Czolgosz rose up to kill his president.

Praise for Murdering McKinley

A fascinating story of America at a crossroads.... Murdering McKinley stands out as a well-reasoned and well-told chronicle about the dawn of modern America.

Bob Hoover, Post-Gazette

A compact masterpiece that explains more about the late 19th Century than most historians know and yet is readable enough to take on an airplane.... Accurate, comprehensive and cutting-edge history, it is also a rip-roaring tale...a book that holds high the standard for popular history. Illuminating the society that inspired a coldblooded murder, Rauchway's Murdering McKinley is a brilliant trip through the heart of the 19th Century.

Heather Cox Richardson, Chicago Tribune

Eric Rauchway is that rare historian who is also a first-rate storyteller. Murdering McKinley is almost as impressive a literary feat as it is a scholarly one; a fascinating window on a turbulent time in our untold history and a damn good read to boot.

Eric Alterman, author of What Liberal Media? The Truth About Bias and the News

In Rauchway's richly detailed and deeply contextualized analysis, the assassination and subsequent trial become a flashpoint of the modern era, revealing national attitudes, often conflicted, toward a largely working-class immigrant population, the place of African-Americans in political life a full generation after Reconstruction, the role of government in addressing the ills of industrial society, and the very meaning of human nature in that industrial society. Along the way, Rauchway offers an astute analysis of Teddy Roosevelt (rescuing him from the cartoon of fetishized masculinity he has at times become) and dramatizes some of the conflicts and limitations inherent in progressivism.... Rauchway constructs an intricate and engaging narrative—part courtroom drama and part detective novel.

Leslie Butler, Reviews in American History