Winter War: Hoover, Roosevelt, and the First Clash Over the New Deal

Winter War: Hoover, Roosevelt, and the First Clash Over the New Deal

by Eric Rauchway


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The history of the most acrimonious presidential handoff in American history—and of the origins of twentieth-century liberalism and conservatism

When Franklin Roosevelt defeated Herbert Hoover in the 1932 election, they represented not only different political parties but vastly different approaches to the question of the day: How could the nation recover from the Great Depression?

As historian Eric Rauchway shows in Winter War, FDR laid out coherent, far-ranging plans for the New Deal in the months prior to his inauguration. Meanwhile, still-President Hoover, worried about FDR's abilities and afraid of the president-elect's policies, became the first comprehensive critic of the New Deal. Thus, even before FDR took office, both the principles of the welfare state, and reaction against it, had already taken form.

Winter War reveals how, in the months before the hundred days, FDR and Hoover battled over ideas and shaped the divisive politics of the twentieth century.

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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780465094585
Publisher: Basic Books
Publication date: 11/20/2018
Pages: 304
Sales rank: 505,891
Product dimensions: 6.20(w) x 9.50(h) x 1.00(d)

About the Author

Eric Rauchway is a distinguished historian and expert on the Progressive and New Deal eras at the University of California, Davis. He is the author of several acclaimed books on the subject, including The Money Makers, The Great Depression and the New Deal, and Blessed Among Nations, and has contributed to the New York Times, the Washington Post, the Financial Times, the New Republic, the Los Angeles Times, Dissent, and the American Prospect. He lives in Davis, California.

Table of Contents

Introduction Narrow Margins 1

Chapter 1 Election day

November 8, 1932 19

Chapter 2 A Domestic Summit On Foreign Policy

November and December 1932 47

Chapter 3 Bolshevism In The Fields

December 1932 and January 1933 75

Chapter 4 A Matter Of Political Expediency

January 1933 105

Chapter 5 Social Justice Warrior

January and February 1933 134

Chapter 6 A Portent of Evil

January and February 1933 164

Chapter 7 The End of Our String

February and March 1933 196

Chapter 8 Inauguration Day

March 4, 1933 226

Acknowledgments 239

Notes 241

Works Cited 267

Index 279

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