Herbert Hoover (American Presidents Series)

Herbert Hoover (American Presidents Series)

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Herbert Hoover (American Presidents Series) by William E. Leuchtenburg

The Republican efficiency expert whose economic boosterism met its match in the Great Depression

Catapulted into national politics by his heroic campaigns to feed Europe during and after World War I, Herbert Hoover—an engineer by training—exemplified the economic optimism of the 1920s. As president, however, Hoover was sorely tested by America's first crisis of the twentieth century: the Great Depression.

Renowned New Deal historian William E. Leuchtenburg demonstrates how Hoover was blinkered by his distrust of government and his belief that volunteerism would solve all social ills. As Leuchtenburg shows, Hoover's attempts to enlist the aid of private- sector leaders did little to mitigate the Depression, and he was routed from office by Franklin D. Roosevelt in 1932. From his retirement at Stanford University, Hoover remained a vocal critic of the New Deal and big government until the end of his long life.

Leuchtenburg offers a frank, thoughtful portrait of this lifelong public servant, and shrewdly assesses Hoover's policies and legacy in the face of one of the darkest periods of American history.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781429933490
Publisher: Holt, Henry & Company, Inc.
Publication date: 01/06/2009
Series: American Presidents Series
Sold by: Macmillan
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 208
Sales rank: 282,781
File size: 259 KB

About the Author

William E. Leuchtenburg, a professor emeritus at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, is a noted authority on twentieth-century American history. A winner of both the Bancroft and Parkman prizes, he is the author of numerous books on the New Deal. In 2008, he was chosen as the first recipient of the Arthur M. Schlesinger Jr. Award for Distinguished Writing in American History of Enduring Public Significance.


William E. Leuchtenburg, a professor emeritus at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, is a noted authority on twentieth-century American history. A winner of both the Bancroft and Parkman prizes, he is the author of numerous books on the New Deal, as well as the American President Series biography of Herbert Hoover. In 2008, he was chosen as the first recipient of the Arthur M. Schlesinger Jr. Award for Distinguished Writing in American History of Enduring Public Significance.
Arthur M. Schlesinger, Jr., (1917-2007) was the preeminent political historian of our time. For more than half a century, he was a cornerstone figure in the intellectual life of the nation and a fixture on the political scene. He won two Pulitzer prizes for The Age of Jackson (1946) and A Thousand Days (1966), and in 1988 received the National Humanities Medal. He published the first volume of his autobiography, A Life in the Twentieth Century, in 2000.
Sean Wilentz, a professor of history at Princeton University, is the author or editor of several books, including Chants Democratic and The Rise of American Democracy. He has also written for The New York Times, the Los Angeles Times, The New Republic, and other publications. He lives in Princeton, New Jersey.

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Herbert Hoover 3.4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 7 reviews.
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Johnny_Shin More than 1 year ago
The entire American Presidents Series could use the same review from me. These books are shorter than I would like (all are roughly 150 pages) but for that length they give a reasonably balanced history of the president under consideration, a decent view of the background that led the individual to the presidency, the issues during the presidency and their resolutions, and what happened to the subject after the end of the administration. There simply aren't as many biographies on many of our presidents as there should be, and I couldn't really pick and choose. I feel I did learn the essentials of what Hoover was about, and what led him to be considered one of our presidential failures. Oddly, there is no footnoting, though there is an extensive bibliography.
vjcf More than 1 year ago
lacking in substance. it does, however, provide a glimse into this complex person.
acTN More than 1 year ago
good information--author is hard to read
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