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Hoover An Extraordinary Life in Extraordinary Times The definitive biography of one of the most remarkable Americans of the twentieth century Herbert Hoover a revisionist account that will forever change the way Americans understand the man his presi

  • Title: Hoover: An Extraordinary Life in Extraordinary Times
  • Author: Kenneth Whyte
  • ISBN: 9780307597960
  • Page: 405
  • Format: Hardcover
  • Hoover: An Extraordinary Life in Extraordinary Times By Kenneth Whyte, The definitive biography of one of the most remarkable Americans of the twentieth century, Herbert Hoover a revisionist account that will forever change the way Americans understand the man, his presidency, and his battle against the Great Depression A poor orphan who built a fortune, a great humanitarian, a president elected in a landslide and then routed in the next elThe definitive biography of one of the most remarkable Americans of the twentieth century, Herbert Hoover a revisionist account that will forever change the way Americans understand the man, his presidency, and his battle against the Great Depression A poor orphan who built a fortune, a great humanitarian, a president elected in a landslide and then routed in the next election, arguably the father of both New Deal liberalism and modern conservatism Herbert Hoover is also one of our least understood presidents, conventionally seen only as a heartless failure for his handling of the Great Depression Kenneth Whyte fully captures this rich, dramatic life from Hoover s difficult childhood to his meteoric business career, his work saving hundreds of thousands of lives during World War I and after the 1927 Mississippi floods, his presidency, his painful defeat by Roosevelt, and his return to grace as Truman s emissary to help European refugees after World War II Whyte brings to life Hoover s complexity and contradictions his modesty and ambition, ruthlessness and extreme generosity as well as his political legacy Here is the epic, poignant story of the poor boy who became the most accomplished figure of his time, who worked ceaselessly to fight the Depression yet became the public face of America s greatest economic crisis Here, for the first time, is the definitive biography that captures the full scale of this extraordinary life.

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    1. A balanced and thoughtful biography of the man who had the misfortune to be president during one of the worst economic crises in American history He was born to a Quaker family in eastern Iowa, and was an orphan by age 9 He was able to squeak into admissions at the brand new Stanford University, where he had a mediocre academic career He threw himself into mining work in Australia and China, and made his fortune on the Zinc Corporation When the first world war broke out, he immediately went into [...]

    2. This comprehensive biography tells the life of our 31st U.S President Herbert Hoover When the youth from rural Iowa entered Stanford University his desire for reading and knowledge soared The self made entrepreneur businessman traveled the globe and lived outside the United States for many years prior to being sworn in as president in March 1929 Just months later the runaway stock market up 500% since 1921, crashed on Black Thursday 10 24 1929 The independent Federal Reserve and banking system w [...]

    3. First, I should admit that I was a bit biased on the subject before I began reading Hoover I have a special place in my heart for Herbert Hoover I lived in Iowa for 16 years and spent some time at the Herbert Hoover Presidential Library and Museum in West Branch, where I learned quite a bit about him and developed an affection for the 31st president I was very excited to get my hands on this book I mention my Hoover bias because it will inevitably affect my review of this book If you don t know [...]

    4. If you ve ever wanted to learn about President Hoover this is the book for you This biography is very thorough and covers his life from child orphan to becoming a humanitarian who founded organizations like UNICEF His presidency and politics are strenuously covered and any one interested in history or politics is sure to enjoy this book Since it is a biography of a President, it is a very large book and will take some time to read but well worth it to understand this man better than history book [...]

    5. Wow Where do I begin with a brief but reflective review of this work At 769 pages, it is not a light read And despite what the Wall Street Journal identified as easy to read , I found the book to be encyclopedic in nature I must confess that I knew little of Hoover s life prior to reading this work I found the background detail to be incredibly well researched, and I m one step closer to being a Hoover scholar after reading the book Whyte starts out on a course of chronological format and start [...]

    6. I didn t know what to expect when I first started listening to this book, but after having finished all 28 hours, I have found this to be one of the best, most interesting books I have read in a long time.Hoover was a great humanitarian who made a profound difference in the world over many decades.I think everyone needs to reach this book

    7. I received a free Kindle copy of Hoover HIs Life and Times by Kenneth Whyte courtesy of Net Galley and Knopf Doubleday the publisher It was with the understanding that I would post a review to Net Galley , Barnes and Noble and my history book review blog I also posted it to my Facebook, LinkedIn, Twitter and Google Plus pages.I requested this book as I have read a number of presidential biographies, but never one on Herbert Hoover It is the first book by the Kenneth Whyte that I have read This b [...]

    8. A fine biography of an ineffective President but a great citizen during World War I, Marshal Haig asked Herbert Hoover if he would be willing to give up his American citizenship so to run the British munitions industry In 1920, FDR sounded out the possibility of running under Hoover as a Democrat The question of President Hoover s responsibility and response to the depression will continue to be a subject of debate of historians and economics Curiously, some moderate liberals have grown for symp [...]

    9. I suspect I m not alone in having known little about Herbert Hoover before reading Whyte s excellent biography A couple of years ago I read an old biography of his wife Lou Henry Hoover, and I saw a documentary about Russian famine relief These gave me a glimpse into Hoover that made me want to find out It is almost unbelievable the amount of work accomplished by the man who often is only remembered in the term Hooverville, and as a man who couldn t bring the Great Depression to an end There is [...]

    10. This book paints Hoover in a bright light, which is totally different than the other Hoover bio books I have read, in which he is presented as being a presidential failure during the great depression So I don t know what is true and what is not But what I always find amazing about these books, is the collateral history on what it was like to live in the late 1800 s, the early 1900 s I always ask myself, when did we start to value children and let them be children I suppose the answer would be, w [...]

    11. I love biographies, especially when they are about private people in the public eye This was a much easier task to accomplish in Hoover s time, but still Hoover s name is bandied about for a number of reasons e.g Hoovervilles, Hoover Dam , but once I began reading this very detailed and well written book, I realized how little I actually knew about the man himself He has tended, I think, to be overshadowed by the significantly difficult times in which he found himself From his humble and rather [...]

    12. Audiobook This is a thorough biography about one of the most maligned men ever to hold the office of the US Presidency The fact Hoover was at the helm of the Presidency during one of the worst calamities in US history, and that he was unable to alter the negative impacts of the Depression It is unfortunate as Hoover did so much in every other endeavor Hoover, much like John Quincy Adams, was a man of many accomplishments, but is most noted for the job that he did not do the best job in Hoover, w [...]

    13. Hoover by Kenneth Whyte is a free NetGalley ebook that I read in early October.More familiar as a U.S president and the origin of the terms Hooverville and to Hoover your dinner plate, Herbert Hoover isn t as well known or remembered for his humanitarian relief efforts and programs Born in Iowa, he really comes into his own while surveying land first for geological purposes, then for mining before settling in England to reopen trade routes to supply starving and ill equipped citizens and militar [...]

    14. As a work of history, Whyte s book is unimpeachably thorough, particularly in the bulk of Hoover s life before his presidency Highlighting his incredibly long list of achievements in that time is what makes this a standout effort Hoover s term as president is almost raced through by comparison, though still laudable After that, we are given a very brief look at his post presidency, where Whyte seems to go claws out at FDR s New Deal policies to the point where it s hard to differentiate between [...]

    15. This is a fair and reasoned approach to the life of Herbert Hoover He really was alive during some remarkable changes and it was really beneficial to gain perspective on his role and rise There are so many unexamined prejudices against Hoover, that this book also helps to challenge where those stories come from FDR did a masterful job of blaming everything on Hoover, even his own faults, and I think that should give us all pause when we are examining the life and record of any president Often ti [...]

    16. This biography fundamentally altered what I thought of Hoover Whyte does a nice job of demonstrating that Hoover, at least until 1932, was a progressive and attempts by FDR and the Democrats to paint him and his administration as asleep at the wheel while the Depression raged on were a wrong and b commonly accepted by history But Hoover s frustration with FDR and the New Deal, and his attacks on both, also played a role in creating that perception What s less clear is Hoover s late transition aw [...]

    17. Kenneth Whyte is a wonderful author Hoover is a very well written and well thought out biography Hoover is a very interesting man and how he overcame the challenges in his life are astonishing to say the least It did get a little dry at times, however, I have found with most historical biographies, this can be the case It was still a very interesting read and it did bring some clarity to Hoover s life Will definitely recommend to my historical biography friends I received a free copy of this nov [...]

    18. This book was definitely not a quick read, but it was quite interesting There was a lot to Hoover s life than I ever realized His story was fascinating and gave me a second perspective on him The book moved about as quickly as a 600 page biography can move and was interesting and thought provoking.

    19. Fantastic book I can see this as a Pulitzer Winner I did not know much about Hoover except the Hoover Dam but he truly transformed America and yet, this author did not mince words about his limitations.

    20. I used the audio version, good production values, 1 star Interesting biography of a President who had one of the most successful life histories Recommended for biography buffs.

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