The Life of Herbert Hoover by Glen Jeansonne
Fighting Quaker, 1928-1933

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True, Hoover did preside over the worst economic catastrophe in our nation’s history. But in “Herbert Hoover: A Life,” he is a fascinating and accomplished individual — the “most versatile American since Benjamin Franklin” — and an idealistic, dynamic president who deserves a better reputation.
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This is the first definitive study of the presidency of America's least understood and most under-appreciated Chief Executive. Combining government with private resources, Hoover became the first president to pit government action against the economic cycle, setting precedents and spawning ideas employed by his successor and all future presidents.
 

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Glen Jeansonne is a Professor of History at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee. His books include A Time of Paradox: American Since 1890; Messiah of the Masses: Huey P. Long and the Great Depression; and Women of the Far Right: The Mothers Movement and World War II, among others. His second book, Gerald L. K. Smith: Minister of Hate, won the Gustavus Myer Award, the Wisconsin Writer's Award, and was nominated for the Pulitzer Prize in Biography. Jeansonne has also published biographies of Barack Obama, Elvis Presley and Leander H. Perez, and more than sixty academic and popular articles.
 
Published April 3, 2012 by Palgrave Macmillan. 565 pages
Genres: Biographies & Memoirs, History, Education & Reference, Political & Social Sciences. Non-fiction
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Reviewed by Geoffrey Kabaservice on Nov 25 2016

True, Hoover did preside over the worst economic catastrophe in our nation’s history. But in “Herbert Hoover: A Life,” he is a fascinating and accomplished individual — the “most versatile American since Benjamin Franklin” — and an idealistic, dynamic president who deserves a better reputation.

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