Nothing to Fear by Adam Cohen
FDR's Inner Circle and the Hundred Days That Created ModernAmerica

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"A fascinating account of an extraordinary moment in the life of the United States." --The New York Times

With the world currently in the grips of a financial crisis unlike anything since the Great Depression, Nothing to Fear could not be timelier. This acclaimed work of history brings to life Franklin Roosevelt's first hundred days in office, when he and his inner circle launched the New Deal, forever reinventing the role of the federal government. As Cohen reveals, five fiercely intelligent, often clashing personalities presided over this transformation and pushed the president to embrace a bold solution. Nothing to Fear is the definitive portrait of the men and women who engineered the nation's recovery from the worst economic crisis in American history.

About Adam Cohen

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Adam Cohen is a senior writer for the Nation section of "Time", where he covers law & politics. He has also written for "Chicago Magazine", the "Chicago Tribune", & the "Harvard Law Review". He lives in New York.
Published December 24, 2008 by Penguin Books. 404 pages
Genres: History, Political & Social Sciences, Business & Economics, Biographies & Memoirs. Non-fiction

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Since the banking crisis was FDR’s first concern, he chose trusted aide and speechwriter Raymond Moley to work alongside the Treasury Department on the Emergency Banking Act, which tackled the essential tension between spending more to fight the Depression and spending less to balance the budget.

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Even Rexford Tugwell said in an interview years later that “practically the whole New Deal was extrapolated from programs Hoover started.” He added, “Hoover had wanted — and had said clearly enough that he wanted — nearly all the changes now brought under the New Deal label.” Hoover aside, Mr. Co...

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Tens of thousands of malnourished Americans were living in “Hoovervilles,” named for the president whose stubborn refusal to abandon the verities of free market capitalism had caused the economy to spiral down into a crisis so dire that, Cohen opines, “the nation would be lost to revolution or co...

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Christian Science Monitor

A new book peels back the legend to examine FDR’s first 100 days.

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When Adam Cohen's publishers scheduled Nothing to Fear, his dramatic new history of the first hundred days of FDR's administration, to appear just before Inauguration Day, 2009, they could not have suspected just how disturbingly timely the book would be.

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Bookmarks Magazine

Though FDR is a well-covered subject, New York Times editor Adam Cohen provides a unique take on Franklin Roosevelt’s first 100 Days by focusing on five advisers who helped the president craft the New Deal.

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The title Nothing to Fear is based on Franklin Delano Roosevelt's famous statement about the years following the 1929 depression, "the only thing we have to fear is fear itself."

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During the Great Depression, when 16 million people were out of work and 1.5 million were living in shantytowns, President Herbert Hoover insisted that the free market was the only engine of prosperity, that the poor were lazy, and the wealth would trickle down eventually -- and the nation slid f...

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