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The Forgotten Man by Amity Shlaes
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Jul 17, 2010

did not like it
bookshelves: daily-show-colbert-report

This book is marketed as "A History", when in fact, it is a pro-right-wing set of talking points. The right/conservative wing in American politics has never liked FDR or his policies. They didn't like FDR in 1932 or 1940 or 1950 or 1960 or any day of any year since the day FDR got the Democratic nomination for the presidency. The author, Amity Shales, trained as a journalist. Her job before writing this book was as a Wall Street Journal editorial writer. The book she has written is best seen as a partisan rant against FDR and all his policies. There is a place for partisan rants (see: books by Rush Limbaugh or Al Franken). I'd have a less hostile reaction to this book if it was clearly labelled as a political tract. But it is labelled and marketed as "a history", implying a dispassionate look at America in the 1930s. And it's not that. (The Hoover-FDR policies! Really? REALLY? Neither Hoover nor FDR would have described FDR's policies as the Hoover-FDR policies! Ms. Shales attempts to link FDR with Hoover is an attempt to link the popular FDR with the failed policies of the unpopular Hoover.)
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message 1: by Jill (new)

Jill Hutchinson Well done, Deedee.

message 2: by Betsy (new)

Betsy Good review.

message 3: by Paige (new)

Paige You nailed it. Btw, Shlaes, not Shales.

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