Herbert Hoover: The American Presidents Series: The 31st President, 1929-1933

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Macmillan, Jan 6, 2009 - Biography & Autobiography - 208 pages
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The Republican efficiency expert whose economic boosterism met its match in the Great Depression

Catapulted into national politics by his heroic campaigns to feed Europe during and after World War I, Herbert Hoover—an engineer by training—exemplified the economic optimism of the 1920s. As president, however, Hoover was sorely tested by America's first crisis of the twentieth century: the Great Depression.

Renowned New Deal historian William E. Leuchtenburg demonstrates how Hoover was blinkered by his distrust of government and his belief that volunteerism would solve all social ills. As Leuchtenburg shows, Hoover's attempts to enlist the aid of private- sector leaders did little to mitigate the Depression, and he was routed from office by Franklin D. Roosevelt in 1932. From his retirement at Stanford University, Hoover remained a vocal critic of the New Deal and big government until the end of his long life.

Leuchtenburg offers a frank, thoughtful portrait of this lifelong public servant, and shrewdly assesses Hoover's policies and legacy in the face of one of the darkest periods of American history.

 

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Review: Herbert Hoover (The American Presidents #31)

User Review  - Chris Burd - Goodreads

I often find comfort in reading Presidential biographies - or American history in general. I realize that while things seem completely out of control and untenable right now, historically speaking ... Read full review

Review: Herbert Hoover (The American Presidents #31)

User Review  - Chris Schaffer - Goodreads

This is about as long a book as I could read about a forgettable president like Hoover. It's a short, concise, well written book. If Hoover had never been president, I'm sure he would've been ... Read full review

Contents

1 The Great Engineer
1
2 The Great Humanitarian
24
3 Food Czar
33
4 Commerce
51
5 The Road to the White House
71
6 False Dawn
80
7 Crash
103
8 Global Disorder
117
9 Defeat
128
10 The Long Goodbye
147
Milestones
163
Selected Bibliography
167
Acknowledgments
173
Index
175
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William E. Leuchtenburg, a professor emeritus at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, is a noted authority on twentieth-century American history. A winner of both the Bancroft and Parkman prizes, he is the author of numerous books on the New Deal. In 2008, he was chosen as the first recipient of the Arthur M. Schlesinger Jr. Award for Distinguished Writing in American History of Enduring Public Significance.

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