Studs Terkel

Studs Terkel was an American author, historian, actor, and broadcaster. He is best known for his oral histories of common Americans, and for hosting a long-running radio show in Chicago. His work includes 'Hard Times', 'The Good War', for which he received the Pulitzer Prize, and 'Working', among others. His interviews reflected a profound respect for the everyday struggles of working people.


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  1. 1. Hard Times: An Oral History of the Great Depression

    This book is a compelling oral history of the Great Depression, featuring a collection of interviews from a diverse range of individuals who lived through the era. The interviewees include both the ordinary people and famous figures of the time, from businessmen and politicians to artists and criminals. The book provides a vivid, first-hand account of the economic hardship, social changes, and emotional struggles experienced by people during the 1930s, offering a unique perspective on this significant period in American history.

  2. 2. Working

    "Working" is a collection of over 100 interviews conducted with people from all walks of life about their jobs. The book provides a unique perspective on the daily grind, as it explores the experiences, thoughts, and feelings of individuals in various professions. The interviews reveal the mundane, the challenging, and the rewarding aspects of work, offering a deep understanding of the complexities of the working world. The subject matter ranges from blue-collar jobs to professional careers, giving voice to the often unheard stories of everyday workers.

  3. 3. The Good War

    This book is an oral history of World War II as told by men and women who lived through it. It includes narratives from soldiers, civilians, and politicians alike, capturing a wide range of perspectives on the war. The book illustrates the complexities of the war, its impacts on individuals and society, as well as the aftermath. It delves into the human experiences of fear, courage, loss, and survival, providing a poignant and comprehensive account of one of the most impactful events in human history.