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

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

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by Anita Folsom, Burton W. Folsom, Alan Sklar
     
 

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Burton Folsom's New Deal or Raw Deal? was heralded by critics across the board, and #1 New York Times bestselling author and media personality Glenn Beck called it "a must read to help understand our current fiscal problems." Now, writing with his wife Anita Folsom, a domestic policy specialist, FDR Goes to War expands on the premise that FDR's legacy has damaged

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Burton Folsom's New Deal or Raw Deal? was heralded by critics across the board, and #1 New York Times bestselling author and media personality Glenn Beck called it "a must read to help understand our current fiscal problems." Now, writing with his wife Anita Folsom, a domestic policy specialist, FDR Goes to War expands on the premise that FDR's legacy has damaged America and helped lay the groundwork for the current economic crisis.The Folsoms continue to expose the idyllic legend of Franklin D. Roosevelt as a myth of epic proportions. Many government programs that are widely used today have their seeds in the New Deal. Farm subsidies, minimum wage, and welfare, among others, all stifle economic growth-encouraging decreased productivity and exacerbating unemployment-and public ignorance of some of these policy failures has lent support for similar policies in later years. Informative, groundbreaking, and illuminating, FDR Goes to War is a must-listen for anyone who considers limiting government control and spending as the way to fix the economy.

Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
In this right-wing polemic, Folsom (New Deal or Raw Deal?) and his wife argue that FDR's achievements during WWII were merely another episode in the creeping growth of big government. Though FDR can be justifiably criticized for many things, including his refusal to integrate the military, his hesitation in welcoming Jewish refugees, and the internment of more than 100,000 Japanese-Americans, the authors go further, characterizing him as wily or devious, and damning him at every turn. Opponents of government in all its guises, they criticize emergency measures such as rationing, higher taxes, and price controls. The real heroes in their eyes are the American entrepreneurs and CEOs who enriched themselves on federal contracts. Ironically, the type of military they advocate—where government functions are farmed out to private firms, and corporations influence policy—is the neo-conservative vision carried out during the current War on Terror, a conflict that has cost far more civil liberties than any New Dealer could ever have imagined. (Oct.)
From the Publisher
"FDR Goes to War is a page-turning tour de force—and a scholarly one, at that—of the politics and economics of America's involvement in WWII." —Don Bordreaux, Chairman of the Department of Economics at George Mason University
Library Journal - Audio
This World War II history from the U.S. political point of view couldn't be more timely. Many of the fiscal and policy issues of the 1930s and 1940s are still being debated today—this work is like listening to a radio newscaster, albeit one who indulges in a very long broadcast. The narrative is more evenhanded than some book reviewers have alleged. The authors acknowledge when FDR's decisions turned out well as well as when they ended poorly. VERDICT Alan Sklar is a master reader who manages to inject drama into the driest topics, and many of these topics are far from dry—corporate shenanigans, class warfare, foreign aid, labor, environmentalism, political manipulation, media bias, personal morality, and more. This is a worthy addition to history and biography collections.—Don Wismer, Trustee Emeritus, Cary Memorial Lib., Wayne, ME

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781452603919
Publisher:
Tantor Media, Inc.
Publication date:
10/11/2011
Edition description:
Unabridged CD
Product dimensions:
5.50(w) x 6.50(h) x 1.00(d)

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From the Publisher
"FDR Goes to War is a page-turning tour de force—-and a scholarly one, at that—-of the politics and economics of America's involvement in WWII." —-Don Bordreaux, Chairman of the Department of Economics at George Mason University

Meet the Author

ALAN SKLAR has narrated over 75 audiobooks and earned numerous awards for his work. He has also provided the voice for thousands of corporate and medical videos, as well as many radio and TV commercials. He lives with his wife in New York.

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FDR Goes to War 4.2 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 6 reviews.
GT-Colorado More than 1 year ago
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.
DEK51 More than 1 year ago
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.
Keith_Ecnirp More than 1 year ago
With the facts revealed this book is a must read. Very surprising, easy to read. Very well done.
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