Conservative Conversations with ISI: Amity Shlaes

August 05, 2020
7 p.m. ET

Lessons from the Great Depression—and Why Policymakers Need Them Now

Timely lessons from the leading historian of the Great Depression and the Great Society 

Unemployment is soaring. The federal government is spending at staggering levels to try to pull America out of economic crisis. Socialism is getting another hearing.

This describes the crisis we’re enduring right now, yes.

But it also describes what happened ninety years ago during the Great Depression.

What lessons can we take from that catastrophe? Should we really be stealing from the New Deal playbook?

Or how about from the New Deal’s even more ambitious successor—President Lyndon Johnson’s War on Poverty and Great Society programs?

There are plenty of lessons our policymakers can draw from these chapters in America’s history . . .

. . . but it seems like they aren’t turning to the right ones.

So what should we learn from this history? What policies worked—and which ones didn’t? What awaits us if we follow down the path we’re headed?

You’ll find the answers in this episode of Conservative Conversations with ISI—answers you won’t hear from government officials or the mainstream media.

Your guide is Amity Shlaes, author of bestselling histories of the Great Depression and the Great Society.

National Review calls Shlaes’s book The Forgotten Man “the finest history of the Great Depression ever written,” and the Wall Street Journal hails her Great Society as the “antidote” to the “poisonous thinking” that has revived socialism.

The Journal adds that after you hear from Shlaes, “the lesson for the ­future could not be clearer.”

Join us for this live discussion to find out what that lesson is—and what grave dangers lie ahead if we don’t heed it.

Sign up to watch this fascinating conversation on Wednesday, August 5, at 7 p.m. ET.

Register now and you could win a free copy of Amity Shlaes’s latest book, Great Society: A New History.

ISI will give away one free copy of this stunning history, which Steve Forbes calls a “masterpiece” and “a book for the ages.” Everyone who watches this discussion live will be entered to win.

But spots are limited, so reserve yours now!

About Amity Shlaes

Amity ShlaesAmity Shlaes is the New York Times bestselling author of several books, including The Forgotten Man: A New History of the Great Depression, Coolidge, and, most recently, Great Society: A New History. She chairs the board of the Calvin Coolidge Presidential Foundation, a foundation based at the birthplace of the thirtieth president in Plymouth Notch, Vermont, with an office in the Georgetown area of Washington, D.C. The Coolidge Foundation sponsors the popular Coolidge Scholarship, a full college scholarship for academic merit, and the Coolidge Senators program, which exposes gifted students to the values of President Coolidge. Shlaes was a syndicated columnist for ten years, first at the Financial Times, then Bloomberg. Before that, she served as an editorial board member of the Wall Street Journal. She is Presidential Scholar at the King’s College in New York. For the past five years, Shlaes has chaired the jury of the Hayek Prize, the Manhattan Institute’s book prize. She also serves as a judge for ISI’s Conservative Book of the Year Award. And she is editing an expanded and annotated edition of The Autobiography of Calvin Coolidge, which ISI Books will publish in early 2021.