The Life of Herbert Hoover: Fighting Quaker, 1928-1933

Overview

Provocative, brilliantly written, and exhaustively researched, this book is the first definitive study of the presidency of one of America's most maligned and poorly understood Chief Executives. Born in a Quaker hamlet in Iowa and orphaned at nine, Herbert Hoover had already risen to wealth and global fame as an international mining engineer, the savior of Belgium during the Great War, Woodrow Wilson's Food Administrator, and perhaps the greatest Secretary of Commerce in American history by the time he assumed ...

See more details below
Other sellers (Paperback)
  • All (12) from $30.01   
  • New (10) from $30.01   
  • Used (2) from $30.11   
The Life of Herbert Hoover: Fighting Quaker, 1928-1933

Available on NOOK devices and apps  
  • NOOK Devices
  • Samsung Galaxy Tab 4 NOOK
  • NOOK HD/HD+ Tablet
  • NOOK
  • NOOK Color
  • NOOK Tablet
  • Tablet/Phone
  • NOOK for Windows 8 Tablet
  • NOOK for iOS
  • NOOK for Android
  • NOOK Kids for iPad
  • PC/Mac
  • NOOK for Windows 8
  • NOOK for PC
  • NOOK for Mac
  • NOOK for Web

Want a NOOK? Explore Now

NOOK Book (eBook)
$35.00
BN.com price

Overview

Provocative, brilliantly written, and exhaustively researched, this book is the first definitive study of the presidency of one of America's most maligned and poorly understood Chief Executives. Born in a Quaker hamlet in Iowa and orphaned at nine, Herbert Hoover had already risen to wealth and global fame as an international mining engineer, the savior of Belgium during the Great War, Woodrow Wilson's Food Administrator, and perhaps the greatest Secretary of Commerce in American history by the time he assumed the presidency. Modest, shy, humble, with a subtle sense of humor, he lacked the self-promotional style of professional politicians and eschewed political invective. While in the cabinet he had helped to engineer the prosperity of the 1920s and vainly warned of an economy overheated by speculation, but the ensuing Wall Street Crash of 1929 would come to overwhelmingly define his legacy. Combining public and private resources, he made history as the first president to pit government action against the economic cycle, creating a precedent that would be employed by his successor and all other future presidents. His economic measures mitigated the effects of the Great Depression, yet they failed to end it. In foreign policy he sponsored naval disarmament and made world peace his priority. Unfairly painted as a miserly misanthrope and the architect of the stock market crash, he lost the 1932 campaign to Franklin D. Roosevelt by a slightly larger margin than he had defeated Al Smith in 1928. Glen Jeansonne's study sweeps away the cobwebs of neglect from Hoover's presidency. His lively prose humanizes Hoover for us and allows a greater understanding of our thirty-first president, one that is more valuable now than ever before.

Read More Show Less

Editorial Reviews

From the Publisher
"The Life of Herbert Hoover is an eloquently written narrative substantiated by thorough historical research and constitutes a welcome addition to the existing literature on Hoover's presidency and the Great Depression. It is by far the most comprehensive account of how Hoover's multifaceted personality shaped his relationship with the Party, Congress, and the media, and influenced his poly choices. The book will be of great value to any scholar working on that period." – Political Science Quarterly

"Glen Jeansonne has produced a balanced and meticulously researched account of the presidency of Herbert Hoover. The book is the fifth in the biographical series and certainly one of the best in the series . . . This book gives attention to the complex context Hoover found himself in as president. Jeansonne is positive without being overly sympathetic and nuanced enough to keep readers' attention and raise new and interesting research agendas." – The Journal of American History

"Glen Jeansonne's meticulous research and vigorous, passionate prose, creates an insightful evaluation of a misunderstood and sometimes forgotten president in The Life of Herbert Hoover: Fighting Quaker, 1928-1933. Jeansonne offers the reader a fresh look at Hoover's presidency, eloquently shedding light on how he met a demanding job during difficult times. Fighting Quaker is much more than an evaluation of a president; instead, it empathetically paints a picture of a humanitarian public servant met with an untimely economic disaster, rather than an impersonal, do-nothing president mishandling adversity. With warmth, candor, and an impressive depth of research, Jeansonne crafts a portrait of a great American." - Express Milwaukee

"The fact is, most 'conventional wisdom' about Hoover, both taught in college classrooms and coming through 'historians,' is flat-out wrong. Such is the inescapable conclusion one must draw after reading Wisconsin academician Glen Jeansonne's richly detailed account of the Hoover presidency, 1929-1933" - Washington Times

"Glen Jeansonne has produced a balanced and meticulously researched account of the presidency of Herbert Hoover. Jeansonne masterfully paints Hoover as a man of principle who compromised as best he could [. . .] but he remained faithful to his voluntarist vision. Jeansonne weaves a rich and complex narrative that for the first time allows readers to see Hoover in the Great Depression as an active, innovative leader asking critical questions about the economic and moral code of government." - The Journal of American History

"Essential." - CHOICE

"A major contribution to the scholarly literature." - Presidential Studies Quarterly

"In masterful prose, Glen Jeansonne skillfully explains how a man once heralded as the 'Master of Emergencies' was later branded as 'President Reject.' It's a cautionary tale of the contradictions between public service and political leadership and Jeansonne tells it well. This book is destined to become the standard account of the Hoover presidency." - Timothy Walch, Director Emeritus, Herbert Hoover Presidential Library

"In this nuanced and sensitive portrait of Herbert Hoover as President, Glen Jeansonne invites readers to take a fresh look at the thirty-first President. His Hoover is a warmly human leader who drew upon twenty years of national and international experience to formulate a rational but ultimately unsuccessful program to combat the Great Depression. This book offers readers a fresh, impartial account of the much-criticized presidency of Herbert Hoover." - Kendrick A. Clements, professor of History, the University of South Carolina and author of The Life of Herbert Hoover: Imperfect Visionary, 1918-1928

"Glen Jeansonne demystifies and revitalizes the distorted image of Herbert Hoover, commonly perceived as a failed president, rejected by public opinion, historians, and posterity. Meticulously researched and written in an eloquent style, Jeansonne explores every facet of Hoover's presidency, going beyond any previous study in detail, thoroughness, and insight. He portrays a warm, sensitive, humane, principled, yet flexible, embattled Quaker coping with a tough job during tough times. The reader learns that while the Great Depression was the focus of president's time and energy there was much more to his administration, including his family, his social life, his love of children, good conversation, reading, and fishing, his inveterate kindness, and his gentle wit. The Life of Herbert Hoover: Fighting Quaker, 1928-1933 opens new vistas into the life and presidency of Herbert Hoover and doubtless will alter the image of the much maligned national leader whom Raymond Moley characterized as the greatest Republican of his generation." - Hal Elliott Wert, Kansas City Art Institute, and author of Hoover the Fishing President: Portrait of a Private Man and His Life Outdoors

"Glen Jeansonne has produced an impressive and provocative appraisal of Herbert Hoover's embattled presidency - and a fresh, empathetic account of a remarkable American life. Writing with vigor and flair, Jeansonne presents us a Hoover almost nobody knows but whom everyone ought to know, if we are to understand our nation's past without prejudice." - George H. Nash, author of the first three volumes of The Life of Herbert Hoover

Read More Show Less

Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781137346735
  • Publisher: Palgrave Macmillan
  • Publication date: 5/22/2013
  • Pages: 566
  • Sales rank: 474,269
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 8.90 (h) x 1.30 (d)

Meet the Author

Glen Jeansonne is a Professor of History at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee. His books include A Time of Paradox: American Since 1890; Messiah of the Masses: Huey P. Long and the Great Depression; and Women of the Far Right: The Mothers Movement and World War II, among others. His second book, Gerald L. K. Smith: Minister of Hate, won the Gustavus Myer Award, the Wisconsin Writer's Award, and was nominated for the Pulitzer Prize in Biography. Jeansonne has also published biographies of Barack Obama, Elvis Presley and Leander H. Perez, and more than sixty academic and popular articles.

Read More Show Less

Table of Contents

The Long Dusty Road from West Branch
• Landslide
• Prepping for the Presidency and Sparring with Congress
• Humanizing Hoover
• A Whirling Dervish
• The Engine of Prosperity Jumps the Track
• The Seventy-First Congress: Fighting the Political Wars
• Hoover and the World: Foreign Policy, 1929-1930
• A Polarized Party
• Combating the Depression: Phase One, 1929-1930
• The Seventy-Second Congress: Frustrating, Yet Fruitful
• Fighting the Depression: Phase II, 1931-1932
• Frustrated Farmers, Angry Veterans
• Race, Gender, and Labor
• The Grim Reaper Stalks the World: Foreign Affairs, 1931-1933
• Life in the White House: Personal and Social
• The Peter Pan in Hoover: Children and Fish
• The Fourth Estate
• Running for His Life: The Election of 1932
• The Hard Interregnum
• Fighting Quaker

Read More Show Less

Customer Reviews

Be the first to write a review
( 0 )
Rating Distribution

5 Star

(0)

4 Star

(0)

3 Star

(0)

2 Star

(0)

1 Star

(0)

Your Rating:

Your Name: Create a Pen Name or

Barnes & Noble.com Review Rules

Our reader reviews allow you to share your comments on titles you liked, or didn't, with others. By submitting an online review, you are representing to Barnes & Noble.com that all information contained in your review is original and accurate in all respects, and that the submission of such content by you and the posting of such content by Barnes & Noble.com does not and will not violate the rights of any third party. Please follow the rules below to help ensure that your review can be posted.

Reviews by Our Customers Under the Age of 13

We highly value and respect everyone's opinion concerning the titles we offer. However, we cannot allow persons under the age of 13 to have accounts at BN.com or to post customer reviews. Please see our Terms of Use for more details.

What to exclude from your review:

Please do not write about reviews, commentary, or information posted on the product page. If you see any errors in the information on the product page, please send us an email.

Reviews should not contain any of the following:

  • - HTML tags, profanity, obscenities, vulgarities, or comments that defame anyone
  • - Time-sensitive information such as tour dates, signings, lectures, etc.
  • - Single-word reviews. Other people will read your review to discover why you liked or didn't like the title. Be descriptive.
  • - Comments focusing on the author or that may ruin the ending for others
  • - Phone numbers, addresses, URLs
  • - Pricing and availability information or alternative ordering information
  • - Advertisements or commercial solicitation

Reminder:

  • - By submitting a review, you grant to Barnes & Noble.com and its sublicensees the royalty-free, perpetual, irrevocable right and license to use the review in accordance with the Barnes & Noble.com Terms of Use.
  • - Barnes & Noble.com reserves the right not to post any review -- particularly those that do not follow the terms and conditions of these Rules. Barnes & Noble.com also reserves the right to remove any review at any time without notice.
  • - See Terms of Use for other conditions and disclaimers.
Search for Products You'd Like to Recommend

Recommend other products that relate to your review. Just search for them below and share!

Create a Pen Name

Your Pen Name is your unique identity on BN.com. It will appear on the reviews you write and other website activities. Your Pen Name cannot be edited, changed or deleted once submitted.

 
Your Pen Name can be any combination of alphanumeric characters (plus - and _), and must be at least two characters long.

Continue Anonymously

    If you find inappropriate content, please report it to Barnes & Noble
    Why is this product inappropriate?
    Comments (optional)