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FDR: The First Hundred Days

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The Hundred Days, Franklin Roosevelt’s first fifteen weeks in office, have become the stuff of legend, a mythic yardstick against which every subsequent American president has felt obliged to measure himself. The renowned historian Anthony J. Badger cuts through decades of politicized history to provide a succinct, balanced, and timely reminder that Roosevelt’s accomplishm ...more
Hardcover, 224 pages
Published May 27th 2008 by Hill and Wang (first published February 27th 1998)
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Michael Gerald Dealino
I have to admit. For a slim book, this was a tough read.

I had to brush up with my economics again, and read a thing or two about finance to be able to understand more the stuff here.

But from what I understood, the New Deal was a bridge for many Americans during the Depression. Though it did not immediately lead to economic recovery, the program eventually led to stability, preserved democracy, left lasting institutions and systems such as environmental conservation and social security, vastly i
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Chris
Things I probably could have used coming into this:

- A better knowledge of basic macroeconomics
- Any knowledge of agricultural economics
- Foreign trade policy background

It was a decent look at the first hundred days of FDR's presidency, and it did a nice job of revealing a more nuanced take on the crisis. It wasn't all government takeover/neener neener socialism, and it wasn't one long round of Let's Put The Businessmen In the Stockade. (Alas.)

More importantly, it seemed like every story or eve
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Monte
Ironic the progressives at the time criticized FDR for not nationalizing the banks saying "we" would never get another chance...excellent review
Gary Schantz
This is the second book I have read about FDR and this is the second book that hasnt educated me beyond giving factual information along the likes of reading an encylclopedia. I read about 30 pages and found myself wondering when the background information was going to start contributing to this book. It never happened.

Numerous names were thrown into the book but very little indepth information on any of them could be found. For example...one minute a man is selected to be the new attornery gene
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Nick
A short but dry survey of the legislation of the early New Deal. Badger argues that the Hundred Days was anything but a left wing feeding frenzy. Among other things, he points to the hanging on of Hoover officials to manage the banking crisis, the balanced budget fetish of the White House, and the favoring of business over labor in the NIRA. Badger also highlights criticism of Roosevelt from the left. In his conclusion he writes, “The idea of the Hundred Days as a defining moment in twentieth-ce ...more
Heather
This is a great little analysis of the Hundred Days of FDR by a famous New Deal/Great Depression historian, Anthony Badger. Even though this book is fairly short (you can read it in one day), it contains a great deal of information for the reader. There is a bibliography at the end so if the reader wants to look at the sources Mr. Badger used or wants to learn more on the subject the resources are there.

I absolutely loved this book. I read it cover to cover in less than a day. I definitely recom
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Colleen Martin
Oct 06, 2009 Colleen Martin marked it as to-read-non-fiction
One of these days, I might get around to finishing this, but holy cow, it's incredibly drab.
Jason Riemens
I am not an FDR fan, but I enjoyed this book.
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