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

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Overview

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 ...

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Overview

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.

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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
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781452623917
  • Publisher: Tantor Media, Inc.
  • Publication date: 10/11/2011
  • Format: Library Binding

Meet the Author


Anita Folsom served as county chairman for the Reagan / Mitch McConnell campaigns in 1984 and worked for U.S. Senator Mitch McConnell for two years after his election.

Burton W. Folsom, Jr., is a professor of history at Hillsdale College in Michigan and the author of The Myth of the Robber Barons and Empire Builders: How Michigan Entrepreneurs Helped Make America Great.

Alan Sklar is the winner of several AudioFile Earphones Awards and a multiple finalist for the APA's prestigious Audie Award. Named a Best Voice of 2009 by AudioFile magazine, his work has twice earned him a Booklist Editors' Choice Award, a Publishers Weekly Listen-Up Award, and Audiobook of the Year by ForeWord magazine.

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