By (author) William E. Leuchtenburg
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Herbert Hoover by William E. Leuchtenburg
Book DescriptionCatapulted into national politics by his heroic campaigns to feed Europe during and after World War I, Herbert Hoover - an engineer by training - exemplified the economic optimism of the 1920s. As president, however, Hoover was sorely tested by America's first crisis of the twentieth century: the Great Depression. Renowned New Deal historian William E. Leuchtenburg demonstrates how Hoover was blinkered by his distrust of government and his belief that volunteer ism would solve all social ills. As Leuchtenburg shows, Hoover's attempts to enlist the aid of private sector leaders did little to mitigate the Depression, and he was routed from office by Franklin D. Roosevelt in 1932. From his retirement at Stanford University, Hoover remained a vocal critic of the New Deal and big government until the end of his long life. Leuchtenburg offers a frank, thoughtful portrait of this lifelong public servant, and shrewdly assesses Hoover's policies and legacy in the face of one of the darkest periods of American history.
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Book DetailsISBN: 9780805069587
(210mm x 140mm x 18mm)
Imprint: Times Books
Publisher: Times Books
Publish Date: 24-Apr-2009
Country of Publication: United States
Books By Author William E. Leuchtenburg
American President, Hardback (February 2016)
The American President is a riveting account of the actions of American presidents in the twentieth century from the assassination of McKinley in 1901 to Clinton's last night in office in 2001.
In the Shadow of FDR, Paperback (December 2009)
"A stimulating and original survey of the political impact of FDR's image on his successors in the White House."-Foreign Affairs
American Places, Paperback (May 2002)
In "American Places", more than two dozen of America's historians write about their encounters with historic places, bringing a personal viewpoint to bear on a wide variety of sites, ranging from Monticello to Fenway Park.
FDR Years, Paperback (September 1997)» View all books by William E. Leuchtenburg
This text paints a picture of Roosevelt and the American decade he has come to define. The book investigates the many facets of Roosevelt's politics and personality that inspired a nation to believe that the presidency had been reborn.
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Author Biography - William E. Leuchtenburg
William E. Leuchtenburg, a professor emeritus at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, is a noted authority on twentieth-century American history. A winner of both the Bancroft and Parkman prizes, he is the author of numerous books on the New Deal. In 2008, he was chosen as the first recipient of the Arthur M. Schlesinger Jr. Award for Distinguished Writing in American History of Enduring Public Significance.
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