Praise

“Ted Gup has devoted his sterling journalism career to a relentless search for the truth. Here, in A Secret Gift, that search has taken him back to his family, and the amazing mystery of a beneficent but complicated grandfather who comes straight out of Dickens. This book is a gift in itself.”

—David Maraniss, author of Into the Story: A Writer’s Journey Through Life, Politics, Sports and Loss; Associate Editor, the Washington Post; Pulitzer Prize Winner

“Ted Gup is a great and great-hearted reporter. He has found a moving and telling story of the Great Depression in an old suitcase and marvelously brought it to life.”

—Evan Thomas, Bestselling Author of The War Lovers: Roosevelt, Lodge, Hearst, And  The Rush to Empire, 1898;  Editor at Large, Newsweek

“Wrenching stories of suffering, loss, endurance, humility and gratitude…[A] compelling tale.”

—Kirkus Reviews

“A deeply researched, poignant, and inspiring account of how ordinary people endured the singular hardships of the Great Depression.”

—Gay Talese, Bestselling Author of A Writer’s Life

“A compassionate and beautifully drawn portrait of America during the overwhelming economic depression of the 1930s, a compelling story of kindness and charity in the midst of hard times…With “A Secret Gift”, acclaimed journalist Ted Gup has written a story both engrossing and haunting, the kind of book that stays with you, warming your thoughts for days to follow.”

—Deborah Blum, author of The Poisoner’s Handbook: Murder and the Birth of Forensic Medicine in Jazz Age New York; Pulitzer-Prize Winner.

“Ted Gup’s A Secret Gift is a soulful, fascinating and ingenious book. By looking closely at an anonymous act of public kindness in Canton, Ohio in 1933, Gup paints a vivid picture of the Great Depression. By uncovering the secrets of his grandfather – the anonymous benefactor – and by following the act’s many consequences, he gives us abundant reason to take heart today.”

—Ian Frazier, Staff Writer, The New Yorker, Author of the forthcoming Travels in Siberia

“‘A Secret Gift’ is a timely and powerful work.  During these difficult days when we thirst for stories of kindness, decency and selflessness, “A Secret Gift” is just what the nation needs.  By expertly untangling this depression-era mystery, Ted Gup delivers a fascinating story and an impressive piece of reporting.”

—Dave Isay, founder of StoryCorps