The Life of Herbert Hoover: Master of emergencies, 1917-1918

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W. W. Norton & Company, 1983 - Biography & Autobiography - 656 pages
National Review has called a "magisterial work of scholarship on one of our least-known presidents, and an important era in American history."

The entry of the United States into the First World War in late 1911 found Herbert Hoover at a crossroads. Three years earlier, he had been a successful mining engineer in London. Then, as the war intensified in Europe, Hoover founded and led the Commission for Relief in Belgium, which provided desperately needed fuel to more than nine million Belgian and French citizens trapped between the German army of occupation and the British naval blockade. That emergency undertaking eventually evolved into one of the greatest humanitarian enterprises in history. It also brought Hoover into international prominence.

Here Herbert Hoover moves toward Washington and center stage in his own country. Shortly after the United States's declaration of war, he entered into able service under Woodrow Wilson as a member of the President's War Cabinet and U.S. Food Administration. His goal was to standardize food production to control surging food prices, and to create surpluses of exportable foodstuffs for America's allies. "Food will win the war" became Hoover's slogan.

Hoover encountered the tumult of district politics and became both agent and catalyst of the moment in American lives when a traditionally decentralized economy was coming under price control and other forms of governmental restraint. We see Hoover as builder and bureaucrat, a man who brought force, drive, and ability into the service of his country.

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THE LIFE OF HERBERT HOOVER: Master of Emergencies, 1917-1918

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The third volume of Nash's definitive biography further enhances the stature of a too often disparaged great American. Nash begins with the US entry into WW I in April 1917, at a point when Hoover's ... Read full review

The life of Herbert Hoover

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This is the third volume in the author's ongoing biography of the 31st president. The first volume, The Engineer (LJ 3/1/83), covered the first 40 years of Hoover's life; the second, The Humanitarian ... Read full review


The Return of Hoover of Belgium
From the Soil to the Stomach
The Benevolent Bogey of the Nation
The Winter of Trepidation
The Hour of Our Testing
in The Perils of Price Control
The Bittersweet Fruits of Success
Politics in Wartime
Ami de la Nation belge
Food Will Win the World

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George H. Nash, a frequent contributor of articles on American conservatism, Herbert Hoover, and related topics, lives in South Hadley, Massachusetts.

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