Nothing to Fear: FDR's Inner Circle and the Hundred Days That Created ModernAmerica
Nothing to Fear brings to life a fulcrum moment in American history—the tense, feverish first one hundred days of FDR’s presidency, when he and his inner circle ...more
“Nothing to Fear: FDR’s Inner Circle and the 100 Days that Created Modern America” is Adam Cohen’s 2009 review of the early days of the Franklin D. Roosevelt presidency. Cohen is a former lawyer and member of the New York Times editorial board. He is currently an editor at The National Book Review.
As its title suggests, “Nothing to Fear” is not a comprehensive biography of Franklin Roosevelt nor is it a thorough examination of his entire New Deal program. ...more
Thankfully, at this very critical time, FDR made some reall ...more
One standout figure is Frances Perkins, FDR's labor secretary and the first female cabinet member in U.S. history. It's a shame that, when people speak of the role of w ...more
While it was informative of FDR and his inner circle & the 100 days that created everything from relief programs for the jobless, Fair Labor Standards Act to Social Security..
But I almost think this guy wrote this book just to have a 3 or 4 page rant that ended the book abruptly, consisting of:
1.) How the Reagan administration called for 'starving the beast' of relief to the poor.
2.) How Gingrich oversaw the end to cash assistance to poor children in 1994
3.) How un ...more
Critics agree that by focusing on five aides to the president, Nothing to Fear provides a new and interesting perspective on an epochal period in American politics. Cohen gears his writing to the lay reader, sparing the heavy policy analysis and producing a narrative both enjoyable and compelling. While the New York Times Book Review notes that focusing only on FDR's first 100 days might yield a misleading impression of the New Deal and that Cohen's framework
Think of each chapter as elongated Wikipedia articles on cabinet officials. Adam Cohen gives his subjects' backgrounds an equal (sometimes greater) amount of space as discussion of the New Deal programs themselves. I think this is more than a little imbalanced. An example: Frances Perkins's work for New York stat ...more
Ug, what a disappointment! This book was supposed to be a little reward to myself! I'd been saving FDR for a rainy day. The last truly great President on my list, but this book was a failure.
Best case scenario: Adam Cohen was trying to make "Team of Rivals: FDR Edition" and failed. Worst case scenario: This was a covert way of him selling and getting me to read a biography of Frances Perkins. Who? Exactly. I would never have picked up a book about Fra ...more
I did like many of the details included about the first Hundred Days itself in the book but felt that it was oft ...more
The beauty of this piece is the thorough treament of each part of legislation in FDR's first 100 days. The reader is shown the history of the ideas--many of which were career-l ...more
To go along with all the great information, ...more
However, I was half way through the book and only about 10 days of FDR's 100 days had been covered. It was interesting but very slow reading.
The similarities with Obama ended with the hand he was dealt. FDR had no qualms about challenging Congress to give him the ...more
If you love women's history or are any kind of feminist go right to the part about Perkins. I loved that part. There was a lot of detail, which unfortunately means that there was a lot of detail about the other four characters which engendered less enthusiasm. These characters did not wor ...more
Even FDR's cabinet states that his policies offered only temporary relief and often times lead to greater social problems than they solved. Yet this President served longer than any other.
The reader will lear ...more
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