The Forgotten New Deal
I just finished the final edits on my book about William Jennings Bryan and Populism. (I guess this means it will come out in the spring, though obviously that’s not up to me.) Working through a long manuscript like this is great for sparking new ideas–it exerts a hydraulic pressure on the mind.
The main thing that I figured out while doing these edits is the subject for my next book. (By next, I probably mean after I write the Bingham biography, but I’m not sure.) It will be called “The Forgotten New Deal,” which is a nod to Amity Shlaes’ revisionist book on the 1930s (“The Forgotten Man”). I’m going to spend the next several days posting about this project, in which Huey Long (“The Kingfish”) will play a prominent role.