| Nov 7, 2010
"A Secret Gift
How One Man's Kindness — and a Trove of Letters — Revealed the Hidden History of the Great Depression"
368 pp., $25.95
On Dec. 18, 1933, an ad appeared in the Canton, Ohio, paper offering financial...
| Nov 28, 2010
Reporting from the Providence Mountains State Recreation Area, Calif.
There's Down Under, like the story on New Zealand on the left side of this page, and then there's down under.
I chose the latter. Like that journey, my trip to the Providence...
| May 8, 2011
Dining alfresco on the famed River Walk has its risks. Trust me. I know.
One pleasantly temperate afternoon not long ago, while gearing up to ravage a plate of chicken enchiladas slathered in verde sauce, I unrolled my cloth napkin to fetch the...
| Nov 18, 2011
Jon B. Lovelace, who led the Los Angeles-based American Funds mutual fund company as it became one of the country's largest money management firms, has died. He was 84.
His family said Lovelace died of natural causes at his home in Santa Barbara on...
| Oct 7, 2008
A grisly banner was held aloft the other day at a demonstration on Wall Street. Its graphic message advised denizens of the street to "Jump!" It was a frightful reminder of perhaps the most widely believed legend about the Great Depression of the 1930s;...
| Jan 4, 2009
To listen to the pundits, one would think that today's banking crisis and financial meltdown is something rare and exotic. But those who stayed awake in their history classes know that financial panic is a familiar "plot device" in the drama of modern...
| Dec 26, 2008
In his Dec. 6 radio address, President-elect Barack Obama vowed to "create millions of jobs by making the single largest new investment in our national infrastructure since the creation of the federal highway system in the 1950s." The story of President...
| Sep 17, 2009
| 8:53 AM
Stop with the Great Depression comparisons, already! So argued economist Allan Meltzer of Carnegie Mellon University in a recent Wall Street Journal op-ed piece that caused a stir in the economics community. Meltzer???s central point was that...
| Sep 28, 2009
| 4:32 PM
If the recession has you worried about paying for visits to the doctor, here???s a small silver lining: a new study strengthens the link between a bad economy and good health. The Great Depression that began with the stock market......
| Dec 5, 2008
Deep down, we had hoped Barack Obama was fibbing when he bashed the North American Free Trade Agreement on the campaign trail. After all, his senior economic policy advisor had, according to a leaked memo, assured Canadian officials that the talk was...
| Jan 18, 2009
Nothing to Fear
FDR's Inner Circle and the Hundred Days That Created Modern America
Penguin Press: 372 pp., $29.95
Adam Cohen's cogent chronicle of the pell-mell opening months of Franklin Delano Roosevelt's administration couldn't be...