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From the Publisher"What lay at the center of the New Deal? Was it the emergence of a new regulatory state? Or of a new welfare, laborite, corporate, or consumerist one? Arguments for each exist. But in this provocative, elegantly written, and massively researched study, Jason Scott Smith maintains that its real center lay elsewhere...Smith has given us a major work deserving of a wide readership."
Business History Review
"Jason Scott Smith provides us with a well-written narrative history that offers a tremendous amount of new information carefully gleaned from archival sources. Economic historians, general historians, and students of the New Deal with learn a great deal from reading it." - Price V. Fishback, University of Arizona, EH.NET
"Smith deserves considerable praise for this book. The clarity of writing is impressive; the narrative flow carries the reader along gently from beginning to end." - Richard E. Holl
"If this is not the definitive study of public works projects and political jockeying in the era of Franklin D. Roosevelt, then it comes pretty close." - kenneth J. Heineman, Ohio University
"A fine study brimming with insights about the New Deal state, expertise, and the political economy of public works in the middle decades of the twentieth century."
Jessica Wang, Technology and Culture
"The range of Jason Scott Smith's research is impressive. His location and use of both primary and secondary material is admirable. His style is lucid and the material in the volume is well organized." -Peter Fearon, American Studies