Asks the good Dave Noon, "Why oh why does anyone take Amity Shlaes seriously?" Actual historian Eric Rauchway explains that taking the country off the gold standard actually was a good idea.
I wish I had a better understanding of how it is that one gets regarded as a Person Who Should Write Op-Eds by the People Who Let You Write Op-Eds. I guess it's not a problem if your book is considered "plausible history, if not authoritative, novel or deeply analytical." Anyway, figuring out how to get people into that position would be a strategically useful piece of knowledge.