Hoover: An Extraordinary Life in Extraordinary Times

Hoover: An Extraordinary Life in Extraordinary Times by Kenneth Whyte 030774387X 9780307743879
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An exemplary biography--exhaustively researched, fair-minded and easy to read. It can nestle on the same shelf as David McCulloughs Truman, a high compliment indeed. --The Wall Street Journal

The definitive biography of Herbert Hoover, one of the most remarkable Americans of the twentieth century--a wholly original account that will forever change the way Americans understand the man, his presidency, his battle against the Great Depression, and their own history.

An impoverished orphan who built a fortune. A great humanitarian. A president elected in a landslide and then resoundingly defeated four years later. Arguably the father of both New Deal liberalism and modern conservatism, Herbert Hoover lived one of the most extraordinary American lives of the twentieth century. Yet however astonishing, his accomplishments are often eclipsed by the perception that Hoover was inept and heartless in the face of the Great Depression.

Now, Kenneth Whyte vividly recreates Hoovers rich and dramatic life in all its complex glory. He follows Hoover through his Iowa boyhood, his cutthroat business career, his brilliant rescue of millions of lives during World War I and the 1927 Mississippi floods, his misconstrued presidency, his defeat at the hands of a ruthless Franklin Roosevelt, his devastating years in the political wilderness, his return to grace as Trumans emissary to help European refugees after World War II, and his final vindication in the days of Kennedys New Frontier. Ultimately, Whyte brings to light Hoovers complexities and contradictions--his modesty and ambition, his ruthlessness and extreme generosity--as well as his profound political legacy.

Hoover: An Extraordinary Life in Extraordinary Times
is the epic, poignant story of the deprived boy who, through force of will, made himself the most accomplished figure in the land, and who experienced a range of achievements and failures unmatched by any American of his, or perhaps any, era. Here, for the first time, is the definitive biography that fully captures the colossal scale of Hoovers momentous life and volatile times.

Author: Kenneth Whyte

Language: English

Binding: Paperback

Pages: 768

Publisher: Vintage

Publication Date: 2018-11-06


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