Uncommon Americans: The Lives and Legacies of Herbert and Lou Henry Hoover

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This first joint biography of the Hoovers will reshape Herbert Hoover's image as a man who did little more than sit in the White House while the country suffered. Both Hoovers were dynamic, uncommon Americans who made enormous contributions to mankind, before, during, and after the presidency. Walch, Director of the Herbert Hoover Presidential Library, brings together contributions from leading scholars who have conducted extensive research into the lives of this extraordinary couple, placing them in a national ...

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Overview

This first joint biography of the Hoovers will reshape Herbert Hoover's image as a man who did little more than sit in the White House while the country suffered. Both Hoovers were dynamic, uncommon Americans who made enormous contributions to mankind, before, during, and after the presidency. Walch, Director of the Herbert Hoover Presidential Library, brings together contributions from leading scholars who have conducted extensive research into the lives of this extraordinary couple, placing them in a national and international context. He hopes to entice more historians to delve into the intricacies of their lives.

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TIMOTHY WALCH is the director of the Herbert Hoover Presidential Library in the president's birthplace of West Branch, Iowa. The Hoover Library is one of ten such libraries administered by the National Archives and Records Administration. Educated at the University of Notre Dame and Northwestern University, Walch is the author of fifteen books, including Herbert Hoover and Franklin D. Roosevelt (Greenwood, 1998), Herbert Hoover and Harry S Truman (1992), At the President's Side (1997), and Farewell to the Chief (1990).

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Table of Contents

Foreword
Introduction 1
Herbert Hoover: Political Orphan 9
Searching for Lou Henry Hoover 19
The Fascination of What's Difficult: Herbert Hoover and Geology 27
Not So Innocent Abroad: The Hoovers' Early Years 39
Determined Humanitarians: Herbert and Lou Henry Hoover in Europe 51
Orphan Boy: Herbert Hoover and Children 67
Pioneer Girl: Lou Henry Hoover and the Girl Scouts 79
Agent of Change: Herbert Hoover as Secretary of Commerce 93
Herbert Hoover, Housing, and Socioeconomic Planning in the 1920s 107
No Place Like Home: Herbert Hoover and the American Standard of Living 113
War on a Thousand Fronts: Herbert Hoover and the Great Depression 139
Prelude to the New Deal: Lou Henry Hoover and Women's Relief Work 151
Herbert Hoover and the Elusive Quest for Peace 167
Assessing the Hoover Presidency 183
The Loyal Opposition: Herbert Hoover and the Republican Party 195
Years of Frustration: Herbert Hoover and World War II 209
"Some of My Best Friends Are Democrats": Herbert Hoover and the Kennedy Family 225
Elder Statesman: Herbert Hoover and His Successors 237
Herbert Hoover and the Third Way 249
Notes 263
Index 305
About the Contributors 311
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