The New Deal: A Modern History

The New Deal: A Modern History

by Michael Hiltzik
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The New Deal: A Modern History by Michael Hiltzik

In this bold reevaluation of a decisive moment in American history, Pulitzer Prize-winning author Michael Hiltzik dispels decades of accumulated myths and misconceptions to capture its origins, its legacy, and its genius.

In this bold reevaluation of a decisive moment in American history, Michael Hiltzik dispels decades of accumulated myths and misconceptions about the New Deal to capture with clarity and immediacy its origins, its legacy, and its genius.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781455122417
Publisher: Blackstone Audio, Inc.
Publication date: 09/13/2011
Edition description: Unabridged
Pages: 2
Product dimensions: 5.30(w) x 7.40(h) x 0.60(d)

About the Author

Michael Hiltzik is a Pulitzer Prize–winning journalist and author who has covered business, technology, and public policy forthe Los Angeles Times for twenty years. In that time he has served as a financial and political writer, an investigative reporter, and a foreign correspondent in Africa and Russia. He has won awards for outstanding business commentary and outstanding legal reporting.

TRABER BURNS worked for thirty-five years in regional theater, including the New York, Oregon, and Alabama Shakespeare festivals. He also spent five years in Los Angeles appearing in many television productions and commercials, including Lost, Close to Home, Without a Trace, Boston Legal, Grey's Anatomy, Cold Case, Gilmore Girls, and others.

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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book was a good read -- very informative and enjoyable. I thought the author was very fair and balanced, thoroughy researched the material, and was a great storyteller. The book centers on the Great Depression and the leaders in FDR's administration and throughout the nation to deal with trauma of the New Deal. They enacted reforms for long-term financial stability and an economic safety net. The book details the successes and failures. The author is a Pulitzer Prize-winning business writer, and the book seems slightly negative at times but is overall very balanced. Social Security is the most famous New Deal safety net program, and the SEC is the most famous New Deal regulatory agency. The Fair Labor Standards Act is another New Deal reform that still affects all of us. The book mentions the thousands of New Deal infratructure projects (dams, airports, schools, roads, tunnels, aqueducts, canals, parks, etc) the New Deal built to build the economy, thousands of which are still with us today. I learned much about how the New Deal came about, the various programs, the successes, the failures, and America during the Great Depression. The book seems very scholarly and yet was easy to read. The New Deal reforms seemed to keep the economy stable and prosperous for many decades until some of the New Deal regulations were repealed in the decade before the economic collapse of 2007-2008. Also read the Pulitzer Prize-winning "Freedom from Fear: The American People in Depression and War" by David Kennedy, "Franklin D. Roosevelt and the New Deal" by William Leuchtenburg, the Pulitzer Prize-winning "Lords of Finance" by Liaquat Ahamed, and "Anxious Decades: America in Prosperity and Depression, 1920-1941" by Michael Parish.
RolfDobelli More than 1 year ago
You may think of Franklin Roosevelt as a sepia-toned hero who smoothly guided the United States out of the Depression. As this captivating history makes clear, that is partly true – but not entirely. Roosevelt was a hero in some ways, but his path was decidedly messy. Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Michael Hiltzik guides readers through the fits and starts of “New Deal” policies. It turns out that New Deal program ideas could spring from anywhere, whether Roosevelt’s avid imagination or the writings of an obscure economist. A few New Deal programs were miserable failures. And while FDR’s landslide victories paint a distant, historic picture of an overwhelmingly popular president, Hiltzik points out that Roosevelt had to overcome plenty of opposition to enact his policies. getAbstract recommends this revealing history to readers seeking a fresh look at a seminal chapter – and a seminal man – in American politics and economics.
Mr6Sigma More than 1 year ago
An in depth analysis of how the Roosevelt administration dealt with the legacy left to him by the republicans and Herbert Hoover. It's uncanny that one can practically substitute todays players with those of the 1930's and come up with similar results. One interesting observation, the depression wasn't one long slog from 1929 until the start of WWII, but rather a period of growth from 1929 until 1937 due to the "New Deal" stimulus, followed by an austerity program in 1937 which slowed the economy until it could again be stimulated in 1938 leading up to WWII.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I enjoyed this book, because it gave me insight into the characters and what was happening behind closed doors. FDR is a much different Democrat then what Democrats are today. FDR was more sensible and was grounded in some simple truths and beliefs. He meant well in his efforts, since this was uncharted territory for him and others facing the Great Depression. The question was what to do? Many of the solutions suggested and implement fell short of achieving their goals. Fortunately, there was push back from conservative Democrats and some Republicans. What struck me was the concern and awareness of the budget and national debt. Of course, there was spending from the Keynesian prospective, but nothing like today. The author suggested on two occasions some similarities with what President Obama has faced. I don't agree with this assertion, since I feel these two situations were entirely different and no way related, except to say there was a dramatic downturn in the economy. To get a real appreciation for the New Deal, one would have to read "FDR Follies" and "FDR Goes to War." Despite popular belief, WWII temporary shelved the New Deal and helped lift the American economy. It was not until after the war did the U.S. economy start to show real signs of recovery based on productivity (supply-side economics) vs Keynesian economics. Nevertheless, FDR was an honorable man and did what he belief was right at the time. In summary, government spending without a real understanding of how and why the economy works leads to failure.
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This book stunk