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Eric Rauchway

Eric Rauchway (born 1969 or 1970) is an American historian and professor at the University of California, Davis.[1] He received his B.A. from Cornell in 1991, and his Ph.D. from Stanford in 1996. Rauchway's scholarship focuses on modern US political, social and economic history, particularly the Progressive Era and the New Deal.



He is best known for his 2008 book, The Great Depression and the New Deal, and for his associated commentary on Franklin Roosevelt's economic policies, which emphasized the effectiveness of the New Deal as a program of economic recovery and redistribution of political power.[2] The Great Depression and the New Deal was recommended on NPR's All Things Considered as one of three books to read to understand the Great Recession [3] and featured on C-SPAN Classroom.[4]

Academic booksEdit

  • The Refuge of Affections: Family and American Reform Politics 1900-1920 (Columbia University Press, 2001) Reviewed in several sources:[5]
  • Murdering McKinley: The Making of Theodore Roosevelt's America (Hill and Wang, 2003), on C-SPAN's Booknotes [6] It was widely reviewed in both academic and non academic publications .[7]
  • Blessed Among Nations: How the World Made America (Hill and Wang, 2006) It had several reviews.[8]
  • The Great Depression and the New Deal: A Very Short Introduction (Oxford University Press, 2008)
  • The Money Makers: How Roosevelt and Keynes Ended the Depression, Defeated Fascism, and Secured a Prosperous Peace (Basic Books, 2015)

Other writingEdit

Rauchway is also the author of a novel, Banana Republican, which continues the story of Tom Buchanan, the primary antagonist in F. Scott Fitzgerald's The Great Gatsby. It was reviewed in The New York Times Book Review [9]Library Journal[10] and Publishers weekly [11] and other publications [12]

He contributes to The Chronicle of Higher Education's group blog Edge of the American West[13] and also the academic blog Crooked Timber.[14]


  1. ^ UC Davis History Department Faculty
  2. ^ Fearon, Peter. "Review: The Great Depression and the New Deal: A Very Short Introduction by Eric Rauchway". NewYork: Oxford University Press. 2008 American Studies Volume 50, Number 3/4, Fall/Winter 2009.
  3. ^ Crisis Crash Course: High Finance, Low-Jinks National Public Radio. October 15, 2008
  4. ^ Bell Ringer: FDR and the New Deal C-SPAN Classroom
  5. ^ Elizabeth J. Clapp. American Historical Review, Dec 2002 v107 i5 p1568(2)
    K. Walter Hickel. Journal of American History Dec 2002 v89 i3 p1086-1087
    Reference & Research Book News, August 2001 v16 p124
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  7. ^ Matthew Pratt Guterl. American Historical Review Dec 2005 v110 i5 p1547(2)
    John Milton Cooper Jr.. Journal of American History Sept 2004 v91 i2 p657(2)
    Leslie Butler. Reviews in American History Sept 2004 v32 i3 p399-406
    Stephen K. Tootle. Claremont Review of Books Summer 2004 v4 i3 p60(2)
    by P. F. Field. CHOICE: Current Reviews for Academic Libraries April 2004 v41 i8 p1537(1)
    Tribune Books (Chicago) August 24, 2003 p7
    Gilbert Taylor. Booklist August 2003 v99 i22 p1949(1)
  8. ^ by John M. Dobson, Journal of American History, March 2007, v93 i4 p1272(2)
    by Emily S. Rosenberg. in American Historical Review April 2007 v112 i2 p494(2)
    by S.M. McDonald. CHOICE: Current Reviews for Academic Libraries, Dec 2006 v44 i4 p705(2)
    byeter R. Latusek. in Library Journal, June 15, 2006 v131 i11 p84(2)
    Kirkus Reviews, May 15, 2006 v74 i10 p510(2)
    Kirkus Reviews July 15, 2003 v71 i14 p957(1)
    Publishers Weekly June 2, 2003 v250 i22 p42(1)
  9. ^ by Joe Queenan., New York Times Book Review August 8, 2010, p6
  10. ^ by David Keymer. Library Journal, April 15, 2010, v135 i7 p76(1)
  11. ^ Publishers Weekly, March 15, 2010, v257 i11 p34(1)
  12. ^ Town & Country, August 2010 v164 i5363 p52(1)
    by Jeffrey Burke in National Post, July 24, 2010, v12 i222 pFP18(1)
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External linksEdit

  • Appearances on C-SPAN
  • Roberts, Russ (December 1, 2008). "Eric Rauchway on the Great Depression and the New Deal". EconTalk. Library of Economics and Liberty.