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FDR’S ALPHABET SOUP by Tonya Bolden Kirkus Star

FDR’S ALPHABET SOUP

New Deal America, 1932-1939

By Tonya Bolden

Age Range: 12 & up

Pub Date: Jan. 12th, 2010
ISBN: 978-0-375-85214-5
Publisher: Knopf

Explaining the complexities of Roosevelt’s New Deal initiatives and their economic impacts is a daunting task for any writer, but Bolden rises to the occasion with an accessible and thoughtful text that clearly and succinctly explains the agencies and programs that came out of FDR’s first 100 days in office. She adeptly explains the controversies and fears New Deal initiatives stirred; Roosevelt was accused of bringing communism, fascism and socialism to America with policies that necessitated unprecedented government intervention and spending. The author explains what historians agree and disagree on as to the effectiveness of the New Deal, asking, “What kind of deal was the New Deal?” and inviting readers to examine their own politics, priorities and ideals to help them decide if the New Deal was a “good deal, raw deal, or a misdeal.” Informed readers will easily recognize the parallels between the Great Depression and America’s current economic and political climate. The revealing, insightful text is richly illustrated with photographs and archival images and punctuated by contemporary quotes. (chronology, glossary, source notes, bibliography, index) (Nonfiction. 12 & up)