I've frequently recommended Murray Rothbard's great book America's Great Depression
. Yet that book's historical section only covers the inflationary boom of the 1920s and the presidency of Herbert Hoover. It doesn't say anything about the New Deal and World War II, leaving the myth that the New Deal helped create a partial recovery and that World War II restored full prosperity untouched.In this very interesting and lengthy interview at Econtalk
, however, Robert Higgs of the Independent Institute
does a really good job at setting the record straight on the New Deal and World War II. You can both hear the audio interview, and read the highlights.