A Secret Gift How One Man's Kindness--and a Trove of Letters--Revealed the Hidden History of the Great Depression

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  • Edition: Revised
  • Format: Paperback
  • Copyright: 10/25/2011
  • Publisher: Penguin Books

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Originally published: New York: Penguin Press, c2010.

Author Biography

Ted Gup is the author of the bestseller The Book of Honor and of Nation of Secrets. He is a professor and chair of the journalism department at Emerson College. A former investigative reporter for The Washington Post and Time, he has also written for The New York Times, Newsweek, GQ, Slate, and Salon.com.

Table of Contents

A Christmas Carol
The Offerp. 3
Mr. B. Virdot's Story: The Suitcasep. 13
In Consideration of the White Collar Man
A Man of Meansp. 35
Blizzardp. 50
Hello Billp. 60
Gassedp. 70
Mr. B. Virdot's Story: The Promisep. 78
The Bread of Tomorrow
Beginning Againp. 87
Griefp. 91
Bad Company:p. 96
A Lynchingp. 104
Legacy of Liesp. 115
Mr. B. Virdot's Story: The Crossingp. 121
If I Would Accept Charity
Oppressionp. 135
Sooner Starvep. 141
Dandelions and Pencilsp. 146
Shamep. 149
The Seeds of Resentmentp. 152
Left Behindp. 161
Gumptionp. 165
So Little for Womenp. 174
Mr. B. Virdot's Story: A Foreigner No Longerp. 182
Families: The Crisis That Brought Them Closer
"As Good as the Best"p. 200
The Pumpp. 206
Plantationp. 213
Asylump. 224
Families: The Crisis That Pulled Them Apart
Black Hand Gangp. 235
Defeatedp. 246
Nomadp. 251
Mr. B. Virdot's Story: Betrayalp. 258
An Opportunity to Help
A Dog Named Jackp. 273
The Milk of Human Kindnessp. 277
"Too Big-Hearted"p. 284
Shipmatesp. 289
Doctorsp. 293
Mr. B. Virdot's Story: A Second Gift, 1940p. 297
A Merry and Joyful Christmas
The Dollp. 312
A Special Timep. 318
The Ponyp. 322
The Unexpectedp. 328
Mr. B. Virdot's Story: The Bridgep. 332
True Circumstances
Final Reflectionsp. 337
Epilogue: Canton Revisitedp. 340
Postscriptp. 347
Acknowledgmentsp. 351
Author's Notep. 354
Mr. B. Virdot: A Timelinep. 355
Indexp. 360
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