A Secret Gift: How One Man’s Kindness–and a Trove of Letters–Revealed the Hidden History of the Great Depression, by Ted Gup

The author is currently the chair of the journalism department at Emerson College. He has also worked as an investigative reporter with Bob Woodward at the Washington Post. He put his reporting skills to good use in this book as he dug into the lives of the recipients of his Grandfather’s gifts, $5 checks given to 150 Canton, Ohio families in December 1933. The hard times described are stark: evictions, not enough to eat, lack of clothing, no jobs to be had. Gup also weaves in the details of his immigrant grandfather’s life, many of which he had hidden from his family. I found this book to be a poignant picture of the Great Depression as well as having elements of the story of many of our European immigrant forebears.

You can meet Ted Gup at the Library’s upcoming Spring Fling, Saturday, March 26 at 6:30 p.m.  See our homepage for details!

RATING: * * * * Very, very good
Reviewed by: kh

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