A Secret Gift: How One Man’s Kindness—and a Trove of Letters—Revealed the Hidden History of the Great Depression by Ted Gup can be found at any of these bookstores.
I’m ordering it now! Can’t wait for it to arrive. And of course I will give you my opinion. Good to see a kernel blossom into a field.
Congratulations on the release of “A Secret Gift”! I would like to get a copy for Jack for a Christmas present. Can I order it through you and have you sign it to him? Let me know the best way to do that.
‘Hope to work with you again at the 2011 Goldenrod Workshop.
This a great story, and a great sample for a country that is living the depression due to our finantial system. This book is good for those who have a human heart and believe in country and patrioticism. We are purchasing the book this week. we are really inspire and willing to do more for our country.
Sincerely: The Robinson’s.
Someone tell me children that THIS is what i want for Christmas!
Just saw the book story on Tv. I bought the last one on Amazon for the great price of $15. 12/24/2010 2:15 eastern.
My wife and I first saw a story regarding this book on “Sunday Morning” on CBS a couple of weeks ago. On Christmas Eve, we happened to catch Tede Gup on our local PBS station doing a read and open forum of questions and answers. It is one of the most inspiring and heart warming stories I have ever heard. Cannot wait to read the book and we are purchasing one for each of our children.
My wife and I first saw a story regarding this book on “Sunday Morning” on CBS a couple of weeks ago. On Christmas Eve, we happened to catch Ted Gup on our local PBS station doing a read and open forum of questions and answers. It is one of the most inspiring and heart warming stories I have ever heard. Cannot wait to read the book and we are purchasing one for each of our children.
This morning, I heard Ted Gup interviewed on ABC Radio 774, Melbourne, Australia.
What a wonderful story. It’s now at the top of my ‘to read’ list.
Just heard the author’s talk on Ohio public radio and am very excited to get my own copy of the book and share it with my husband. After only hearing my synopsis of the talk and the book he is as eager as I am.
I have heard that the book is being translated into Mandarin, Korean, and Italian. I am wondering whether a Spanish translation is also in the works.
Thanks for sharing such an uplifting story with the world!
Outstanding find, even more so, your compilation of such important insights into this critical piece of our history.
I’m buying it as soon as I post this.
I was Born in 1934 in a mill town in Mass. [paper mill].
I was especially moved by the letters from the poor people asking for $5.00 from Sam Stone. My father was able to work in the paper mill during the depression as were most of the 1000 plus workers but on a reduced work week. Maybe 3 days a week.It was enough and he bought a new house in 1939. These people from Canton Ohio must have come from good “stock”. Consider the homeowners today who are just walking away from their homes without an ounce of guilt. Thank god for the greatest generation.
I live in Toronto, Canada and often listen to National Public Radio from Buffalo, New York. I was moved the first time I heard the Ted Gup piece on NPR but then forgot about it. Last week there was another piece on NPR and this time I knew there was a message intended for me to purchase the book. I did so yesterday. What a wonderful story it is. Simple acts of human kindness evevate the human spirit and warm the heart on a cold winter day. I have finished a third of the book and can’t wait to enjoy the remainder.
Heard Ted Gup in an interview about A Secret Gift on PBS in December; purchased the book that day and just got a chance to read it. An amazing story and exceptional writing in the telling of the story. My father was born in 1935 in rural Alabama, the son of sharecroppers and the depression lasted really throughout his entire childhood. He just passed away recently and this book helped me to understand him better; growing up with the same attitudes toward charity and taking care of one’s own that went with him to his grave. This book is about the attitudes and lives of our whole nation during the depression, not just Canton, Ohio; and the tenacious and truly awe-inspiring people who lived during that time. Will be saving to buy this book for my whole book club for Christmas 2011, and all of my children. Everyone needs to read this book!! Thank you, Mr. Gup, for a beautiful and inspiring story. Best book I have read in a long time.
I saw a blurb in the AAA magazine Via for this book and am not at all disappointed. It is one of the best books I have ever read! Please share with your children and their teachers. What a great historical record of how the depression effected so many in 1933! Thank you Ted for your research and effort! Buy it, you won’t be disappointed!
Dear Ted – What a wonderful book. I stumbled upon it in my library in Barrington, Illinois, having no idea that it was about my hometown. What a surprise! I was born and raised in North Canton, Ohio, and my parents and grandparents lived in Canton all their lives. My grandparents were married in 1934 and moved to Canton that year from the family farm in Seville. I am quite sure that if they had been married one year earlier they would have either remembered your grandfather’s generosity or taken advantage of it themselves. My Grandpa Sid Dowd owned a gas station on Tuscarawas Street for many years. He also worked as a manager at Kroger’s, then at Republic Steel. Your book is simply a wonderful account of Canton during the Depression years, and it brought tears to my eyes to read it. You were masterful at creating a story not just about Canton but about humanity during hard times, and your ability to relate it to our modern Great Recession was poignant. Congratulations on a job very well done!
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