Hard Times

The American Chronicles, Book 4

by Robert Vaughan

The stock Market crash of 1929 abruptly thrusts the nation into chaos, as unemployed people grow more desperate for a livelihood. As nearly ever sector of the economy collapses and dust storms rage in the West, only the most determined can make it. While desperation and despair wrack the nation, Franklin Roosevelt’s New Deal continues to inspire hope in some but arouses cynicism in others. Wealthy and handsome John Canfield refuses to set aside his patriotism in the face of disaster. He embarks on an important and clandestine mission for the President himself, resolving to help his country while he still has the power to do something. Gutsy reporter Shaylin McKay is one of the few women in the news business. As she risks her life as a war correspondent in Civil War-torn Spain, she confronts the realities of battle and the possibilities of human endurance. Del Murtaugh is a man with no particular occupation or destination--displaced and penniless, he is driven from the dustbowl of Oklahoma to the dissipated lifestyle of Hollywood’s dreamers and schemers. This fourth volume of THE AMERICAN CHRONICLES painstakingly recreates the dramatic conflicts of the 1930’s, evoking both the hard times and the joyful ones.

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ABOUT Robert Vaughan


    Writing under his own name and 25 pen names, Robert Vaughan has authored over 200 books in every genre but Science Fiction. He won the 1977 Porgie Award (Best Paperback Original) for THE POWER AND THE PRIDE. In 1973 THE VALKYRIE MANDATE was nominated by its publisher, Simon & Schuster, for the Pulitzer Prize. Vaughan is a frequent speaker at seminars and at high schools and colleges. He has also hosted three television talk shows: EYEWITNESS MAGAZINE, on WAVY TV in Portsmouth, Virginia, TIDEWATER A.M., on WHBQ TV in Hampton, Virginia, and THIS WEEK IN BOOKS on the TEMPO Cable Television Network. In addition, he hosted a cooking show at Phoenix at Mid-day on KHPO TV in Phoenix, Arizona.

    Vaughan is a retired Army Warrant Officer (CW-3) with three tours in Vietnam where he was awarded the Distinguished Flying Cross, the Air Medal with the V for valor, the Bronze Star, the Distinguished Service Medal, and the Purple Heart. He was a helicopter pilot and a maintenance and supply officer. He was also an instructor and Chief of the Aviation Maintenance Officers' Course at Fort Eustis, Virginia. During his military career, Vaughan was a participant in many of the 20th century's most significant events. 

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