Herbert Hoover

Herbert Hoover The Republican efficiency expert whose economic boosterism met its match in the Great DepressionCatapulted into national politics by his heroic campaigns to feed Europe during and after World War I H

  • Title: Herbert Hoover
  • Author: William E. Leuchtenburg Arthur M. Schlesinger Jr. Sean Wilentz
  • ISBN: 9780805069587
  • Page: 329
  • Format: Hardcover
  • The Republican efficiency expert whose economic boosterism met its match in the Great DepressionCatapulted into national politics by his heroic campaigns to feed Europe during and after World War I, Herbert Hoover an engineer by training exemplified the economic optimism of the 1920s As president, however, Hoover was sorely tested by America s first crisis of the twentietThe Republican efficiency expert whose economic boosterism met its match in the Great DepressionCatapulted into national politics by his heroic campaigns to feed Europe during and after World War I, Herbert Hoover an engineer by training exemplified the economic optimism of the 1920s As president, however, Hoover was sorely tested by America s first crisis of the twentieth century the Great Depression.Renowned New Deal historian William E Leuchtenburg demonstrates how Hoover was blinkered by his distrust of government and his belief that volunteerism would solve all social ills As Leuchtenburg shows, Hoover s attempts to enlist the aid of private sector leaders did little to mitigate the Depression, and he was routed from office by Franklin D Roosevelt in 1932 From his retirement at Stanford University, Hoover remained a vocal critic of the New Deal and big government until the end of his long life.Leuchtenburg offers a frank, thoughtful portrait of this lifelong public servant, and shrewdly assesses Hoover s policies and legacy in the face of one of the darkest periods of American history.

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    1. Book Forty-Two of my Presidential Challenge.Herbert Hoover was a complicated fellow. He was stubborn, never letting facts get in the way of his political philosophy of laissez-faire. He was deluded, believing that local government and voluntarism could solve the Great Depression when it clearly couldn't.His belief is voluntarism given his career is particularly perplexing. His pre-Presidential career involved him personally getting food and supplies to many in need during WWI. However, almost al [...]

    2. bestpresidentialbios/2016/Published in 2009, “Herbert Hoover” by William E. Leuchtenburg is a member of The American Presidents Series. Leuchtenburg is professor emeritus of history at the University of North Carolina Chapel Hill and the author of numerous books on 20th century history. His most recent book “The American President: From Teddy Roosevelt to Bill Clinton” was published in 2015.Consistent with other books in this series, Leuchtenburg’s biography is concise, forthright and [...]

    3. Hoover was a man of his time. I see him as mediocre president at best. To best understand the evolution of US politics it is best to read biographies of all the presidents in the order they served.

    4. Leuchtenburg's book is quite good, and he hits homeruns on his arguments that Herbert Hoover was hypocritical about his feelings on government intervention (he was for it when he wasn't against it), self deluding on his impacts throughout his career (he claimed he did much more than he actually did many times), and a sour puss who should never have run for president, let alone won the office. "The Oval Office," Leuchtenburg writes at the end. "Requires more than dedication and managerial skills, [...]

    5. History 101 teaches that Herbert Hoover was one of the biggest failures as President, with the term "Hooverville" probably a correct answer on a test in every high school history class. But aside from his presiding over the economy's crash and sudden plummeting into depression (and as a song in the musical "Annie"), I did not know much about him. In fact, he is most known in contrast with FDR, who used unprecedented actions to try to reverse the slide.As Hoover actually took over from Calvin Coo [...]

    6. I mean, Hoover's reputation is not undeserved. The book felt like it was trying to justify his racism by referring to his "flaws" in regards to his thinking of African Americans, but this is the same guy who refused to be photographed with any African Americans who came to the White House, so the pictures could not be "misused". Yet he did not disavow the KKK or rebuke his staffers who made racist remarks, because he was catering to white Southern voters. This was rationalized with the statement [...]

    7. I’ve probably read 8 or 9 of the American Presidents series biographies. They are totally hit or miss, but for a lot of the presidents, it was really the only viable option out there. There were a couple of other Herbert Hoover books out there but they were either very expensive or very long and I knew I didn’t want either.* So I ended up with another American Presidents book… and it was a total hit.We’re getting into a period of American history that I’m totally fascinated by (Depress [...]

    8. This biography of Herbert Hoover represents yet one more entry in “The American Presidents” series of books, originally under the editorial direction of Arthur Schlesinger, Jr before his death (since, Sean Wilentz has come on board as editor). Hoover, of course, suffered greatly in the estimation if history by presiding over the Great Depression. The interesting twist in this book is the contention that Hoover may well have failed anyway, as a result of his rigidity, lack of empathy, and his [...]

    9. I decided to read a few books about Herbert Hoover after a visit to the Stanford campus this past summer. I was intrigued by two museum-like rooms devoted to Hoover and his wife at the base of the tower which bares his namesake. I remember learning of him as a failed president, and yet his room lauded all the good he had done. The displays painted him as a humanitarian who had done much to alleviate suffering in the world. Um but what about the Great Depression? I was curious and determined to l [...]

    10. Another read for History class and paper. What can I say had a hard time plowing through this. Not so much I don't think because it was a bad book but because I quickly became tired of the egotistic manner of this man. Very interesting how he pushed his way through into most things and no one ever seemed to try to stop him. I am amazed that a man with the types of personal problems he apparently had was elected president.

    11. Another excellent edition to the American President Series. Leuchtenburg offers a nice summation of the man's extraordinary life and challenging presidency. Hoover is not an easy man to write about. His life is full of contradictions and Leuchtenburg does an admirable job of trying to show the man in full. Obviously, not an easy task due to Hoover's personality.

    12. probably a very balanced biography of President Hoover. This succinct book gives a good sense of the broad scope of Hoover's lifework and a nice view of the philosophical conflicts that are playing out still in our national politics. I was amazed at the schizophrenic nature of Hoover's political positions. Xome times he espoused progressive policies, sometimes very cconservative.

    13. Very frequently this author would make Hoover sound like he was doing very well after taking office, but then a few paragraphs later would discuss how I'm his initiatives failed. A bit annoying, but overall I think this author was very good and definitely an unbiased portrayal of a very controversial figure.

    14. Hoover is and isn't who I thought he was. He's also an example of a bitter man who can't accept that he's in a job he is truly not suited for. Another good read.

    15. I first became interested in President Hoover from Harry Truman’s Excellent Adventure, in which I read that before Hoover became president, he was a national hero, the “great humanitarian” who fed the starving in post-World War I Europe. That came as a great surprise to me, as all I remember learning about him in school was that he was blamed for the Great Depression. So I wanted to know how he went from being “the great humanitarian” to being the source for the nickname for shantytown [...]

    16. The American Presidents Series, edited by Arthur Schlesinger and Sean Wilentz, offers an excellent way to learn about American history, the presidents, and the qualities of successful or unsuccessful leadership. Each of the short volumes is written by scholar with particular interest in the subject. Although the volumes are short and readable, they are not mere summaries but rather offer their own insight into the president and era they discuss.William Leuchtenburg's study of Herbert Hoover (187 [...]

    17. Great book dealing with President Herbert Hoover. A man lauded and hated. He had an amazing ability to organize help during major crises, yet made horrific decisions - or took a laissez fare during times of peace and prosperity. He almost single-handedly organized the feeding of the Belgian and French people starving to death under the Germans in World War I, saving thousands of lives. Yet, amidst the Great Depression lifted barely a finger to help starving Americans. Choosing instead to pretend [...]

    18. After visiting the Herbert Hoover Presidential Library and Boyhood Home in West Branch, Iowa, I found myself wanting to know more about this enigmatic president. In 2012, The Washington Post published a list of the best biographies of all the American Presidents. They cited Herbert Hoover by William E. Leuchtenburg as the book to read on the 31st President. Leuchtenburg is a retired professor of history from University of North Carolina a Chapel Hill and is considered a leading scholar on Frankl [...]

    19. Herbert Hoover has widely been regarded as one of the worst Presidents in U.S. History. When one thinks of the name "Hoover", the images of the Great Depression and its "Hoovervilles" (villages of homeless, out of work U.S. citizens) immediately spring to mind. Though Hoover roundly deserves his place near the bottom of the Presidents list, this book at least gives him a fair shake and explains exactly what his shortcomings were.What I liked about this installment in this series was that the aut [...]

    20. A brief, balanced biography of the President who presided over one of the worst crises of our country, the Great Depression. The author, William Leuchtenburg traces his upbringing, Hoover was orphaned as a young boy in Iowa and was eventually sent to live in Oregon with an unfeeling uncle and economic hardship. While Hoover ends up going to Stanford at its beginning which opens up great opportunity, this book paints a picture that Hoover's childhood affected him his whole life, that he always ha [...]

    21. This was a very good read. If you haven't read much about Hoover, you will find this book very insightful in regards to the contradictory manner in which he carried himself prior, during and after being president. Everything he did before becoming president shed light on the fact that he was an excellent leader. However upon becoming president, he seemed to abandoned everything he knew about being great organizer and detailed oriented manager. It doesn't make much sense as to why he allowed hims [...]

    22. Hoover was in many ways exactly the type of Republican that dispassionate people can admire. He really believed in individual initiative, that those who have should provide for those who need, and government should only address very limited issues related to the common good. In theory this is noble; in practice, especially when a modern financial system that has gone amuck, it can be catastrophic. Hoover walked the walk in his private life. A self-made millionaire, he felt it was is responsibili [...]

    23. History really does not repeat itself however it does provide many parallels for the present. President Hoover is an interesting person and this short biography provides enough background to establish that point. What I find to be of interest for the current situation is that Hoover was an " audacious manipulatorSometimes he told outright lies"(Hoover, p.30). He did not like anyone to disagree with him. "Hoover circulated misinformation and, when he was caught in a lie, he jiggled figures to pla [...]

    24. I often find comfort in reading Presidential biographies - or American history in general. I realize that while things seem completely out of control and untenable right now, historically speaking, not a lot has changed. The news media has always had factions that were partisan and controlled by political parties. Politicians were always controlled by special interests. And for hundreds of years, we've managed to survive.However, I found no comfort in Herbert Hoover's biography given the current [...]

    25. An engineer who earned world-wide recognition for his heroic efforts to feed Europe during and after World War I. As a private citizen he earned millions of dollars and was successful in almost everything he tried. However, his lifelong hatred for the government, except to allow private enterprise to happen, left him unequipped for the great depression and unwilling to change. While he saved Europeans from starvation using primarily using government supplied dollars, he was unwilling to spend an [...]

    26. Even after reading Leuchtenburg's book, Hoover remains a puzzle.On the one hand, he helped millions in the world through a food crusade during the first World War and on the other, he fired men from mining jobs and hired others at lower pay rates.Only the most naive will have to be reminded he was the United States president at the beginning of the Great Depression.Hoover was good at organization, but was a boring public speaker. People who praised him for his work disliked him for his taciturn [...]

    27. Short but informative general biography on Herbert Hoover, the 31st President of the United States. This bio covers the entirety of Hoover's life, but goes into greater detail on his professional life leading up to and during his one-term as President. The author, William Leuchtenburg divides Hoover's presidency into three chapters, dedicating a chapter solely to Hoover's actions during the Great Depression. "Hoover, obituaries dutifully recorded, was almost universally judged to have been a fai [...]

    28. This is a rather slim book which manages to hit all of the high (and low) points of the life of Herbert Hoover. Here is a man who was one of the most popular men on the planet, who became a US president, and yet ended his career in virtual disgrace. A successful mining engineer who headed an international relief effort which saved millions of Europeans from starvation, and a few years later saved thousands of Americans in a terrible flood of the Mississippi river in 1927. Although, the Great Dep [...]

    29. My hat's off to William Leuchtenburg for putting together a very readable, lucid, and interesting biography of an amazingly horrible president. Although I agree with Hoover's stance against government enlargement and I respect the amount of charitable work he accomplished in his life, I was quite shocked by Hoover's incompetence and lack of vision as President of the United States and found hardly anything admirable about the man. He was harsh, antisocial, completely lacked any sort of compassio [...]

    30. When looking for books on Hoover, there were two that were the most popular and got the best ratings. This one, and one that had some 500+ pages. Since I've been reading quite a bit about this time period, and since Hoover only served a term, I figured I could read the shorter book, and come out with the information I wanted to read. However, this book only piqued my interest even more. Probably one of the least understood, and unfairly judged Presidents in our history. This guy went from greedy [...]

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