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The Life of Herbert Hoover: The Humanitarian, 1914-1917
     

The Life of Herbert Hoover: The Humanitarian, 1914-1917

by George H. Nash
 

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It has been said that Herbert Hoover was responsible for saving more lives than any other person in history. This phenomenal achievement, long obscured by the trauma of the Great Depression, is the focus of the second volume in George Nash's definitive life of Hoover, which has been hailed as "one of the great biographies in American political history" (Wall Street

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It has been said that Herbert Hoover was responsible for saving more lives than any other person in history. This phenomenal achievement, long obscured by the trauma of the Great Depression, is the focus of the second volume in George Nash's definitive life of Hoover, which has been hailed as "one of the great biographies in American political history" (Wall Street Journal).At the outbreak of World War I, Hoover was a wealthy mining engineer and businessman living in London. In a short time, he became the founder and brilliant director of an unprecedented international relief organization, which provided desperately needed food to more than 9,000,000 Belgian and French citizens trapped between the German army of occupation and the British naval blockade. By 1919, when his Commission for Relief in Belgium closed its operations, it had expended nearly $1 billion—and had created a twentieth-century hero.By then, Hoover had irrevocably embarked on "the slippery road of public life," which eventually led him to the White House door. This book—based on research conducted on three continents—is the second volume in Dr. Nash's definitive account of Hoover's life.

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Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
In the opening volume of this biography, Nash covers the first 40 years of Hoover's remarkably varied and productive life, with emphasis on his career as a mining engineer. The second installment deals with his masterful administration of the Commission for Relief in Belgium during World War I, which saw to the acquisition and distribution of food, clothing and medical supplies to more than nine million Belgian and French citizens trapped between the German army of occupation and a British naval blockade. It was the largest relief program in history, and the fulcrum of its success was Hoover's ability to elicit cooperation from British and French cabinet ministers, German generals, Belgian financiers and American charity officials. Nash leaves no doubt that Hoover's cultivation of public support for the effort in the U.S. was crucial. By 1917, the one-time mining engineer who was to become our 31st president had earned an international reputation as a humanitarian and had taken his first major step on the long road to the White House. A memorable portrait of a man who was ``a personified combination of idealism and power.'' Photos. (August)
Library Journal
Nash's multivolume biography seems destined to become the standard work on the much misunderstood and unappreciated 31st president. This second volume (the first is subtitled The Engineer, 1874-1914 , LJ 3/1/83) details Hoover's entry into public life, specifically his work on the American Relief Commission and the Commission for Relief in Belgium during World War I. Like the preceding volume, this is well written and well researched. Readers interested in a shorter, less detailed account might prefer Joan Hoff Wilson's Herbert Hoover: Forgotten Progressive ( 1975) or Richard Norton Smith's An Uncommon Man: The Triumph of Herbert Hoover ( S . & S., 1984), but for a full and comprehensive treatment , Nash's work is difficult to surpass. Scott Wright, Coll. of St. Thomas, St. Paul

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780393347302
Publisher:
Norton, W. W. & Company, Inc.
Publication date:
08/01/1988
Pages:
510
Product dimensions:
1.00(w) x 1.00(h) x (d)

Meet the Author

George H. Nash, a frequent contributor of articles on American conservatism, Herbert Hoover, and related topics, lives in South Hadley, Massachusetts.

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