The Crappy Old Book I was Reading

I’ve been in a funk and it didn’t help that Mr. Big Food put some disgusting YoKoOno on the Redneck Collection. That’s a rant I spared you last evening.

The book I just finished reading– yes, I know, I promised to read the Constitution– was Since Yesterday by Frederick Lewis Allen.

As I understand it, folks in the 1930s became re-interested in American history and economics and government. This book was published in 1939. (That’s not what Amazon says but I have the freaking book in my hand and it says, “1939.”) It’s a popular history of the decade beginning September 1929 and ending September 1939.

It covers everything from the politics and politicians (declaring the price of gold over breakfast in bed! who the hell did he think he was?) to the way the wanton social behavior of the ’20s spilled over and back-lashed and affected music and entertainment (quick– name five great works of art/literature/architecture/music from the ’30s– not hard) to the sit-ins in auto factories to the TVA to POTUS getting swatted down by SCOTUS time and again to… FLOTUS’s clever little newspaper column about the replacements for my favorite sovereign, former King George & his new wife, the former Mrs. Simpson, and as we get further along in the decade, Europe is mentioned much more frequently.

I was so sucked into this book it wasn’t funny.

For some reason, I don’t have it here at hand to quote– not that anyone reads what I quote– but the way he described Chamberlain’s September words were enough to make me want to do nothing but tend to my tomatoes and peppers and cucumbers, etc. Foreshadowing Victory.

As I recall, in the last few sentences of the book, Allen called Chamberlain’s September voice, “sad and tired.” Same as Hoover’s at the beginning of the book.