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The Coming of the New Deal 1933-35 (The Age of Roosevelt #2)

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The Coming of the New Deal, 1933-1935, volume two of Pulitzer Prize-winning historian and biographer Arthur M. Schlesinger, Jr.’s Age of Roosevelt series, describes Franklin Delano Roosevelt’s first tumultuous years in the White House. Coming into office at the bottom of the Great Depression, FDR told the American people that they have nothing to fear but fear itself. The ...more
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Published July 9th 2003 by Mariner Books (first published 1958)
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Laura Schewel
Jun 30, 2007 Laura Schewel rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: Anyone wondering about making political change
This was the most inspiring and instructive books I've read in years. Not only does it give accurate histories of the origins of some pretty important legislation that still exists (though is for the most part, used in drastically different ways than was originally intended), but it gives not one, but dozens of portraits of change: who was defeated, who overcame, who argued, who decided, how it was supported/denigrated/ignored, how long it took...
Brian Willis
The complete overview and through analysis of the New Deal's first wave. Immediately after being sworn in, FDR takes immediate action. Instituting a systematic overhaul of the governmental oversight of the economic aspects of society, FDR sorts out the banking system and puts people back to work by creating government jobs. Restoring confidence through his public relations and his deft administrative handling of his staff, cabinet, and Congress, FDR was one of the most successful "accomplishers" ...more
Aaron Million
Schlesinger's second volume of the Roosevelt administration, focusing on the New Deal and FDR's first two years in office. Schlesinger covers much of the important agencies and programs instituted by the New Deal: AAA, NRA, SEC, and Social Security specifically. He also delves into the personalities and issues behind the 1933 London Economic Council, that ultimately resulted in a lot of talk and finger pointing by countries at each other.

Schlesinger gives brief biographies of many of the import
In the midst of incessant FDR-Obama media buzz on the advent of Obama's inauguration, I felt compelled to learn more about FDR's famous first "Hundred Days" and the formation of the New Deal. I don't think I could have picked a better reference. Though a hefty volume, it is organized into sensible chapters and further broken into easily-digestible topics. Colorful dialogue and intriguing vignettes lend zest to the driest of subjects. (Imagine J.P. Morgan's surprise when a midget was sprung onto ...more
This is serious history rather than an amusing overview (as some of my books are.) revelatory for me anyway, so many New Deal things we are proud of as a nation to this day, were initially seen as so chancy, crazy and even bad ideas.
The Coming of the New Deal is the second of Schlesinger's three-volume set about FDR. In it he describes how Roosevelt boosted morale during his first 100 days in office and then assembled an administration that used novel approaches to achieve reform and recovery. It's a very long book and there's endless detail about policy as well as the dynamics between the various players as they tried to advance their agendas. Many parallels between New Deal legislation/policy and Obama's proposals.
Ldrutman Drutman
Schlesinger, as always, is a delightful raconteur of history, full of real characters and entertainingly elucidating snippets. It's helpful to be reminded of the "New Deal" was a time of chaos and relentless experimentations (some of which failed miserably) -- particularly as history has now presented us with yet another unprecedented precipice.
definitive synopsis of the new deal from the definitive liberal establishment historian of the 20th century. offers unique insight into the philosophical world view that drove the new deal. provides a blueprint of sorts for the thinking behind johnson's great society in the 60s and obama's welfare state today.
Lauren Albert
What a different book this was from the first volume. That had some narrative, big-picture sweep while I felt buried under details of monetary and trade policy, etc.

Note: Do NOT buy the Kindle version. It is shamefully done-scanned, OCR'ed and then not proofread.
Jim Talbott
First 100 days is exhilarating, but it can be some serious tough going from there on out.
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Arthur Meier Schlesinger Jr., born Arthur Bancroft Schlesinger, was a Pulitzer Prize recipient and American historian and social critic whose work explored the liberalism of American political leaders including Franklin D. Roosevelt, John F. Kennedy, and Robert F. Kennedy. He served as special assistant and "court historian" to President Kennedy from 1961 to 1963. He wrote a detailed account of th ...more
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The Age of Roosevelt (3 books)
  • The Crisis of the Old Order 1919-33 (The Age of Roosevelt, Vol 1)
  • The Politics of Upheaval 1935-36 (The Age of Roosevelt, Vol 3)
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