A Secret Gift: How an Act of Kindness Revealed Hidden Lives of the Great Depression Audiobook (Unabridged)

A Secret Gift: How an Act of Kindness Revealed Hidden Lives of the Great Depression (Unabridged), by Ted Gup
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An inspiring account of America at its worst - and Americans at their best - woven from the stories of Depression-era families who were helped by gifts from the author's generous and secretive grandfather.

Shortly before Christmas 1933, in Depression-scarred Canton, Ohio, a small newspaper ad offered $10, no strings attached, to 75 families in distress. Interested readers were asked to submit letters describing their hardships to a benefactor calling himself Mr. B. Virdot. The author's grandfather, Sam Stone, was inspired to place this ad and assist his fellow Cantonians as they prepared for the cruelest Christmas most of them would ever witness.

Moved by the tales of suffering and expressions of hope contained in the letters, which he discovered in a suitcase 75 years later, Ted Gup initially set out to unveil the lives behind them, searching for records and relatives all over the country who could help him flesh out the family sagas hinted at in those letters. From these sources, Gup has re-created the impact that Mr B. Virdot's gift had on each family. Many people yearned for bread, coal, or other necessities, but many others received money from B. Virdot for more fanciful items: a toy horse, say, or a set of encyclopedias. As Gup's investigations revealed, all these things had the power to turn people's lives around- even to save them.

But as he uncovered the suffering and triumphs of dozens of strangers, Gup also learned that Sam Stone was far more complex than the lovable retiree persona he'd always shown his grandson. Gup unearths deeply buried details about Sam's life - from his impoverished, abusive upbringing to felonious efforts to hide his immigrant origins from U.S. officials - that help explain why he felt such a strong affinity to strangers in need.

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Ted Gup is one of our most featured and respected History and Bios & Memoirs authors available on our website. With a total of 2 audiobooks in our collection, such as A Secret Gift: How an Act of Kindness Revealed Hidden Lives of the Great Depression and The Book of Honor, you can listen to over 15 hours of stories from Gup. The Book of Honor was added to our online catalog in 2000, making it the oldest title we carry from Gup. The book, A Secret Gift: How an Act of Kindness Revealed Hidden Lives of the Great Depression, is the latest of their works to be added to our collection. Though all of Gup's History titles can be enjoyed by our customers, A Secret Gift: How an Act of Kindness Revealed Hidden Lives of the Great Depression is the most popular and bestselling on our site. To view the entire collection of 2 audiobooks, please visit their author page today: Ted Gup.