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FDR Goes to War: How Expanded Executive Power, Spiraling National Debt, and Restricted Civil Liberties Shaped Wartime America

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  • Posted January 18, 2012

    Must Read!

    I just finished this book. This was a fanastic book and details the FDR administration and how the New Deal policies were suspended so the war effort come be addressed first and foremost according to FDR. How ironic that the New Deal policies demonized capitalist, productivity, work, and innovation during the 30's, but was a must to enable the U.S. to provide the necessary war materiels to win the war. Despite the efforts of the business during the war period, FDR was not going to forego the New Deal policies. FDR was determined to start again a New New Deal after the war was won. FDR's death put a stop to any additional New Deal policies and programs. Truman was a New Deal follower, but after 4 years of rationing, Americans were eager for the American Dream to be realized. Tax rates were cut and New Deal policy attempts shelved permitted an economic expansion not see since the 20's. I have have read other works by the author, as well as from Jim Powell and convinced that government interb=vention is the problem and the wishful thinking that goes along with it. A command and control economy does not work and will not work as long as we are human beings and have an interest in the pursuit of our own self-interests. Progressives don't want to recognize this fact about human beings. It is about their own self-interest, their families, wants, and needs that drive the economy and the productive endeavors in our society. Imagine tax rates at 94%. No wonder there was an underground economy. This is a must read for those who have an interest in history and to know and understand the roots of payroll taxes, tax withholdings, personal exemptions, and health insurance benefits. It all began in some form or another with the policies of FDR.

    5 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted December 6, 2011

    Essential WW2 reading

    Another excellent book by Dr. Folsom. His wife, Anita joins him in covering a neglected aspect of the conflict. Little has been written on the political and logistical background and much new, revealing material will be found here. It shows how FDR had to reach out to the very businessmen he had villified during the Depression in order to have the materials and munitions necessary to win. Thomas Sowell has just put this on his list of recommended books to give for Christmas and I agree. Outstanding scholarship and new insights into "behind the scenes" actions that have parallels to today. I consider it an illuminating addition to my WW2 library.

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted December 16, 2011

    Highly Recommended

    With the facts revealed this book is a must read. Very surprising, easy to read. Very well done.

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  • Posted August 17, 2012

    Great Book!

    This was a great book from the standpoint of the events leading up to the U.S.A entry into the WWII. Folsom discusses the the various events of the time; the politics, the New Deal, and gives the reader insight in what was going on inside and outside the government. Industry was suspicious of FDR, but came through to provide the U.S.A with what was needed to defeat Germany and Japan. If you like to know what was happen below the waterline, then you will enjoy this book. Things are not always what they seem. After you read this book, you'll understand that hwta FDR did would not be allowed now days. Despite it all, what FDR did surrounding the war effort was likely necessary to turn the tide and permit the U.S.A entry into WWII and its eventual victory. All-in-all, the magnitude of the events of the 1940's drove FDR's decision-making.

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