Herbert Hoover And Franklin D. Roosevelt

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Both Herbert Hoover and Franklin D. Roosevelt were giants in public life. From strikingly different backgrounds, and sharply contrasting styles and approaches, each man left his unique mark upon the presidency. This collection of historical materials chronicles the connections between the lives of Hoover and Roosevelt from their early collaboration during the Wilson administration to their heated competition during the 1932 presidential election and beyond. Letters, reports, and telegrams between the two men and ...

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Overview

Both Herbert Hoover and Franklin D. Roosevelt were giants in public life. From strikingly different backgrounds, and sharply contrasting styles and approaches, each man left his unique mark upon the presidency. This collection of historical materials chronicles the connections between the lives of Hoover and Roosevelt from their early collaboration during the Wilson administration to their heated competition during the 1932 presidential election and beyond. Letters, reports, and telegrams between the two men and their wives tell a story of both communication and miscommunication between 1917 and 1945.

In 12 chapters, plus an introduction and a conclusion, the editors present documents which reveal the sometimes tense relations between Hoover and Roosevelt. Chapter one includes materials from their work on housing and homebuilding issues during the Harding and Coolidge administrations. The next two chapters focus upon Hoover's presidency and Roosevelt's rise as govenor of New York. Chapter four recounts the strong rivalry during the 1932 campaign, and that rivalry is even more apparent in chapter five. The remaining six chapters include material from Roosevelt's tenure as president. These documents reveal Hoover's attitudes toward Roosevelt's New Deal domestic policies, the threatening international situation of the 1930s, and U.S. involvement in the Second World War.

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Collects the key documents that fit together to tell the story of the communication and miscommunication between Hoover and Roosevelt from 1917 to 1945. Included are letters, reports, and telegrams that the two men and their wives sent directly to one another as well as diary entries and memoranda that document their meetings. Also included are passages from speeches in which one president mentions the other and candid comments the two men made about each other as recorded in the diaries and letters of their friends and associates. Annotation c. by Book News, Inc., Portland, Or.
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Meet the Author

TIMOTHY WALCH is Director of the Herbert Hoover Presidential Library in West Branch, Iowa.

DWIGHT M. MILLER came to the Herbert Hoover Presidential Library in 1964 after three years as an assistant archivist in the Presidential Papers Section of the Manuscript Division of the Library of Congress. As Senior Archivist, his experience at the Hoover Library includes co-editing Historical Materials in the Herbert Hoover Presidential Library and compiling and assisting in editing The Public Papers of the Presidents: Herbert Hoover, 1929-1933, 4 vols., and Proclamations and Executive Orders: Herbert Hoover, 1929-1933, 2 vols. Most recently he co-edited with Timothy Walch Herbert Hoover and Harry S. Truman: A Documentary History (1992).

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Table of Contents

Foreword by John W. Carlin

Preface by Timothy Walch and Dwight M. Miller

Introduction by Wayne S. Cole

Comrades in Arms

Partisan Politics

Calm Before the Storm

A Bitter Campaign

Cooperation or Conflict

Crisis Before Christmas

Shuttle Diplomacy

Face to Face

End of Our String

Political Intrigue

Loyal Opposition

War Years

Conclusion: My Personal Relationship with Franklin D. Roosevelt

Guide to Further Reading and Research

Index

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