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Looking Forward

3.76  ·  Rating Details  ·  33 Ratings  ·  8 Reviews
Published in March 1933 when Franklin Delano Roosevelt was first inaugurated, the classic New York Times bestseller Looking Forward delivers F.D.R.'s honest appraisal of the events that contributed to the Great Depression and mirror our own situation today. With blunt, unflinching, and clear prose Roosevelt attacks head-on the failure of the banking system and the U.S. gov ...more
Paperback, 256 pages
Published January 13th 2009 by Touchstone (first published March 1933)
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Feb 10, 2013 Nate rated it really liked it
Shelves: 1930s, owned
This is the most valuable $3 clearance item I have yet stumbled upon. I engaged FDR’s Looking Forward to accompany the news coverage of Obama's re-election campaign, intriguingly marked by the slogan "Forward." (Relax, that’s the last mention of Obama in this review.)

FDR's collection of speeches and writings is no mere New Deal manifesto, hardly historically isolated. Although tariffs and railroads may not be among the foremost concerns of Americans today, I was surprised to read about a variety
Apr 18, 2012 Heather rated it it was amazing
I absolutely loved this book and it is a surprisingly quick but informative read. It is a compilation of subjects that Franklin D. Roosevelt wrote upon that focused on government and economy during the beginning of the Great Depression. This is a great read because it allows readers to get inside the head of one of our most influential presidents. They get to read what he thought in his own words.

This book is not just about the past. It is relevant today because of the deep recession that Ameri
Nov 23, 2014 Jackie rated it it was amazing
Shelves: poli-sci-soc
A great book to read especially during our time of recession. It's crazy how much he predicted. I also learned a lot about agricultural policies that I wouldn't have understood until this book.
Mar 25, 2008 Paul rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Written soon after his election and during the depths of the depression, this book laid out FDR's vision for the New Deal and he remained surprisingly consistent with his stated purposes for the rest of the depression and right up until Pearl harbour.

FDR bluntly outlines what he sees as the faults that have led the United States to this cataclysm and is unafraid to flaunt old tabboos in order to get the economy moving again.

In particular, although FDR explicitly does not believe in a planned eco
Aug 29, 2009 Rebecca rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is an eerily timely book. Never was the cliché, if you don’t learn from history you are doomed to repeat it, more obvious. Overall a very interesting read.
Jan 07, 2009 Andrea marked it as to-read  ·  review of another edition
Of course I have the original 1933 first edition, third printing, but that is not on the list.
Nov 16, 2010 Lorenz rated it it was amazing
i love this book so much
Dec 22, 2010 Daniel rated it really liked it
Clear and concise treatment of what came to be called New Deal economics. Provides a nice overview of the various sectors exacerbating the Great Depression. Though there are interesting proposals for policy change, they are general at times...not very detailed overall. However, the analysis of structural weaknesses of the economy is excellent.
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Franklin Delano Roosevelt, often referred to by his initials FDR, was the thirty-second President of the United States. Elected to four terms in office, he served from 1933 to 1945, and is the only U.S. president to have served more than two terms of office. He was a central figure of the 20th century during a time of worldwide economic crisis and world war.

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