Hoover: The Life and Times of Herbert Hoover by Kenneth Whyte

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Hoover: The Life and Times of Herbert Hoover Read Online Free - 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 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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ISBN : 0307597962
Edition Language : English
Format Type : Hardcover
Number of Pages : 640 pages


Hadrian rated it ★★★★☆

January 19, 2018

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...

Mark rated it ★★★★☆

November 28, 2017

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 yea...

Kathleen rated it ★★★★☆

December 29, 2017

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 ab...

Amy Leigh rated it ★★★★☆

February 13, 2018

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 his...

Doug rated it ★★★★☆

February 13, 2018

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 more encyclopedic in nature. I must confess that I knew little of Hoover's life prior to readi...

Dan rated it ★★★★★

November 19, 2017

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 decade...

Casey rated it ★★★★★

September 04, 2017

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, Goodreads, Amazon, Barnes and Noble and my history book review blog. I also posted it to m...

Susan O rated it ★★★★★

February 01, 2018

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...

Sandra rated it ★★★★★

January 24, 2018

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,...

Jill Elizabeth rated it ★★★★☆

October 05, 2017

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...

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