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America’s Great Depression
Fifth Edition

America’s Great Depression
Fifth Edition

Murray N. Rothbard


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America’s Great Depression



hile the problem of 1929 has long been of interest to myself as well as most Americans, my attention was first specifically drawn to a study of the Great Depression when Mr. Leonard E. Read, President of the Foundation for Economic Education, asked me, some years ago, to prepare a brief paper on the subject. I am very grateful to Mr. Read for being, in this way, the sparkplug for the present book. Having written the article, I allowed the subject to...
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