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The Life of Herbert Hoover: Fighting Quaker, 1928-1933 (The Life of Herbert Hoover #5)

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Provocative, brilliantly written, and exhaustively researched, this book is the first definitive study of the presidency of one of America's most maligned and poorly understood Chief Executives. Born in a Quaker hamlet in Iowa and orphaned at nine, Herbert Hoover had already risen to wealth and global fame as an international mining engineer, the savior of Belgium during ...more
Hardcover, 566 pages
Published February 15th 2012 by Palgrave Macmillan
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Daniel Farabaugh
Jan 17, 2016 Daniel Farabaugh rated it did not like it
This book has the basic problem that books on unsuccessful Presidents often face. The author wants to glorify his subject but is faced with one intractable problem- he was not successful. The Depression got continually worse throughout the course of his Presidency and his foreign policy achievements had no tangible gains.

In order avoid this, the author basically makes the case that because Hoover was such a good person, he could not have been a bad President and since FDR did not completely and
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Steve H
Apr 06, 2015 Steve H rated it really liked it
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I have changed my opinion of Hoover by reading this book. He is not the cause of the depression but his personality would not net him solve the problems. I have to read more about his life and times. The book said very little about his wife and children. I like to read about the man not just about his works.
Lockett
Sep 03, 2013 Lockett rated it it was amazing
Long and well written. The in depth look at the "depression" President shows him to be one of the brightest and best prepared of any Republican President. He certainly tried a lot and knew what he was doing. History and the 1932 election sealed his political and historical doom - good to have a re-assessment. I ended up rather liking him and understanding his period better.
Linda Hoover
Jun 18, 2015 Linda Hoover rated it it was ok
Extremely repetitive. While I did find Hoover's life really interesting, I resented the time spent re-reading the same info in various chapters... could have cut the number of words (pages) by at least 1/3.
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Glen Jeansonne has taught twentieth-century Amcerican history at the University of Lousiana-Lafayette, Williams College, the University of Michigan, and since 1978, at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee. He has won two Teaching Awards and a University Reseaerch Award. His twenty-two grants and fellowships include a fellowship from the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation.
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