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Herbert Hoover - A Life

Glen Jeansonne

"At last, a biography of Herbert Hoover that captures the man in full… [Jeansonne] has splendidly illuminated the arc of one of the most extraordinary lives of the twentieth century."-David M. Kennedy, Pulitzer Prize-winning Author of Freedom from Fear Prizewinning historian Glen Jeansonne delves into the life of our most misunderstood president, offering up a surprising new portrait of Herbert Hoover-dismissing previous assumptions and revealing a political Progressive in the mold of Theodore Roosevelt, and the most resourceful American since Benjamin Franklin. Orphaned at an early age and raised with strict Quaker values, Hoover earned his way through Stanford University. His hardworking ethic drove him to a successful career as an engineer and multinational businessman. After the Great War, he led a humanitarian effort that fed millions of Europeans left destitute, arguably saving more lives than any man in history. As commerce secretary under President Coolidge, Hoover helped modernize and galvanize American industry, and orchestrated the rehabilitation of the Mississippi Valley after the Great Flood of 1927. As president, Herbert Hoover became the first chief executive to harness federal power to combat a crippling global recession. Though Hoover is often remembered as a "do-nothing" president, Jeansonne convincingly portrays a steadfast leader who challenged congress on an array of legislation that laid the groundwork for the New Deal. In addition, Hoover reformed America's prisons, improved worker safety, and fought for better health and welfare for children. Unfairly attacked by Franklin D. Roosevelt and blamed for the Depression, Hoover was swept out of office in a landslide. Yet as FDR's government grew into a bureaucratic behemoth, Hoover became the moral voice of the GOP and a champion of Republican principles-a legacy re-ignited by Ronald Reagan and which still endures today. A compelling and rich examination of his character, accomplishments and failings, this is the magnificent biography

"At last, a biography of Herbert Hoover that captures the man in full… [Jeansonne] has splendidly illuminated the arc of one of the most extraordinary lives of the twentieth century."-David M. Kennedy, Pulitzer Prize-winning Author of Freedom from Fear Prizewinning historian Glen Jeansonne delves into the life of our most misunderstood president, offering up a surprising new portrait of Herbert Hoover-dismissing previous assumptions and revealing a political Progressive in the mold of Theodore Roosevelt, and the most resourceful American since Benjamin Franklin. Orphaned at an early age and raised with strict Quaker values, Hoover earned his way through Stanford University. His hardworking ethic drove him to a successful career as an engineer and multinational businessman. After the Great War, he led a humanitarian effort that fed millions of Europeans left destitute, arguably saving more lives than any man in history. As commerce secretary under President Coolidge, Hoover helped modernize and galvanize American industry, and orchestrated the rehabilitation of the Mississippi Valley after the Great Flood of 1927. As president, Herbert Hoover became the first chief executive to harness federal power to combat a crippling global recession. Though Hoover is often remembered as a "do-nothing" president, Jeansonne convincingly portrays a steadfast leader who challenged congress on an array of legislation that laid the groundwork for the New Deal. In addition, Hoover reformed America's prisons, improved worker safety, and fought for better health and welfare for children. Unfairly attacked by Franklin D. Roosevelt and blamed for the Depression, Hoover was swept out of office in a landslide. Yet as FDR's government grew into a bureaucratic behemoth, Hoover became the moral voice of the GOP and a champion of Republican principles-a legacy re-ignited by Ronald Reagan and which still endures today. A compelling and rich examination of his character, accomplishments and failings, this is the magnificent biography
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"At last, a biography of Herbert Hoover that captures the man in full… [Jeansonne] has splendidly illuminated the arc of one of the most extraordinary lives of the twentieth century."-David M. Kennedy, Pulitzer Prize-winning Author of Freedom from Fear Prizewinning historian Glen Jeansonne delves into the life of our most misunderstood president, offering up a surprising new portrait of Herbert Hoover-dismissing previous assumptions and revealing a political Progressive in the mold of Theodore Roosevelt, and the most resourceful American since Benjamin Franklin. Orphaned at an early age and raised with strict Quaker values, Hoover earned his way through Stanford University. His hardworking ethic drove him to a successful career as an engineer and multinational businessman. After the Great War, he led a humanitarian effort that fed millions of Europeans left destitute, arguably saving more lives than any man in history. As commerce secretary under President Coolidge, Hoover helped modernize and galvanize American industry, and orchestrated the rehabilitation of the Mississippi Valley after the Great Flood of 1927. As president, Herbert Hoover became the first chief executive to harness federal power to combat a crippling global recession. Though Hoover is often remembered as a "do-nothing" president, Jeansonne convincingly portrays a steadfast leader who challenged congress on an array of legislation that laid the groundwork for the New Deal. In addition, Hoover reformed America's prisons, improved worker safety, and fought for better health and welfare for children. Unfairly attacked by Franklin D. Roosevelt and blamed for the Depression, Hoover was swept out of office in a landslide. Yet as FDR's government grew into a bureaucratic behemoth, Hoover became the moral voice of the GOP and a champion of Republican principles-a legacy re-ignited by Ronald Reagan and which still endures today. A compelling and rich examination of his character, accomplishments and failings, this is the magnificent biography

Language:

English

Narrators:

Mark Deakins

Length:

16h 30m


Chapters

Chapter 1
Chapter 1

00:15


Chapter 2
Chapter 2

06:19


Chapter 3
Chapter 3

06:32


Chapter 4
Chapter 4

07:26


Chapter 5
Chapter 5

07:01


Chapter 6
Chapter 6

08:05


Chapter 7
Chapter 7

05:59


Chapter 8
Chapter 8

07:20


Chapter 9
Chapter 9

05:27


Chapter 10
Chapter 10

05:58


Chapter 11
Chapter 11

06:11


Chapter 12
Chapter 12

05:53


Chapter 13
Chapter 13

04:45


Chapter 14
Chapter 14

07:34


Chapter 15
Chapter 15

09:07


Chapter 16
Chapter 16

08:15


Chapter 17
Chapter 17

09:17


Chapter 18
Chapter 18

07:50


Chapter 19
Chapter 19

06:59


Chapter 20
Chapter 20

08:05


Chapter 21
Chapter 21

06:51


Chapter 22
Chapter 22

06:24


Chapter 23
Chapter 23

05:46


Chapter 24
Chapter 24

08:14


Chapter 25
Chapter 25

07:09


Chapter 26
Chapter 26

06:59


Chapter 27
Chapter 27

07:36


Chapter 28
Chapter 28

06:42


Chapter 29
Chapter 29

08:33


Chapter 30
Chapter 30

08:01


Chapter 31
Chapter 31

06:13


Chapter 32
Chapter 32

08:09


Chapter 33
Chapter 33

05:37


Chapter 34
Chapter 34

03:32


Chapter 35
Chapter 35

06:58


Chapter 36
Chapter 36

08:28


Chapter 37
Chapter 37

08:55


Chapter 38
Chapter 38

07:43


Chapter 39
Chapter 39

07:33


Chapter 40
Chapter 40

07:31


Chapter 41
Chapter 41

07:32


Chapter 42
Chapter 42

08:56


Chapter 43
Chapter 43

09:21


Chapter 44
Chapter 44

08:02


Chapter 45
Chapter 45

07:04


Chapter 46
Chapter 46

06:29


Chapter 47
Chapter 47

08:01


Chapter 48
Chapter 48

06:58


Chapter 49
Chapter 49

08:27


Chapter 50
Chapter 50

08:18


Chapter 51
Chapter 51

08:15


Chapter 52
Chapter 52

07:04


Chapter 53
Chapter 53

06:25


Chapter 54
Chapter 54

08:20


Chapter 55
Chapter 55

07:53


Chapter 56
Chapter 56

08:25


Chapter 57
Chapter 57

08:11


Chapter 58
Chapter 58

06:37


Chapter 59
Chapter 59

07:16


Chapter 60
Chapter 60

07:43


Chapter 61
Chapter 61

07:20


Chapter 62
Chapter 62

08:28


Chapter 63
Chapter 63

07:07


Chapter 64
Chapter 64

06:45


Chapter 65
Chapter 65

07:15


Chapter 66
Chapter 66

07:59


Chapter 67
Chapter 67

06:34


Chapter 68
Chapter 68

07:29


Chapter 69
Chapter 69

07:35


Chapter 70
Chapter 70

07:08


Chapter 71
Chapter 71

08:22


Chapter 72
Chapter 72

09:13


Chapter 73
Chapter 73

09:23


Chapter 74
Chapter 74

07:22


Chapter 75
Chapter 75

07:07


Chapter 76
Chapter 76

07:07


Chapter 77
Chapter 77

09:33


Chapter 78
Chapter 78

07:20


Chapter 79
Chapter 79

06:40


Chapter 80
Chapter 80

08:00


Chapter 81
Chapter 81

08:14


Chapter 82
Chapter 82

08:13


Chapter 83
Chapter 83

07:20


Chapter 84
Chapter 84

05:41


Chapter 85
Chapter 85

04:59


Chapter 86
Chapter 86

06:13


Chapter 87
Chapter 87

08:55


Chapter 88
Chapter 88

06:57


Chapter 89
Chapter 89

08:29


Chapter 90
Chapter 90

09:19


Chapter 91
Chapter 91

06:30


Chapter 92
Chapter 92

07:04


Chapter 93
Chapter 93

06:49


Chapter 94
Chapter 94

06:33


Chapter 95
Chapter 95

08:38


Chapter 96
Chapter 96

07:38


Chapter 97
Chapter 97

07:53


Chapter 98
Chapter 98

07:38


Chapter 99
Chapter 99

07:37


Chapter 100
Chapter 100

07:35


Chapter 101
Chapter 101

08:23


Chapter 102
Chapter 102

07:13


Chapter 103
Chapter 103

07:51


Chapter 104
Chapter 104

07:26


Chapter 105
Chapter 105

04:29


Chapter 106
Chapter 106

06:23


Chapter 107
Chapter 107

07:23


Chapter 108
Chapter 108

08:06


Chapter 109
Chapter 109

08:41


Chapter 110
Chapter 110

07:27


Chapter 111
Chapter 111

09:06


Chapter 112
Chapter 112

08:11


Chapter 113
Chapter 113

08:06


Chapter 114
Chapter 114

07:17


Chapter 115
Chapter 115

07:51


Chapter 116
Chapter 116

08:04


Chapter 117
Chapter 117

07:53


Chapter 118
Chapter 118

05:54


Chapter 119
Chapter 119

08:42


Chapter 120
Chapter 120

08:11


Chapter 121
Chapter 121

07:39


Chapter 122
Chapter 122

07:21


Chapter 123
Chapter 123

06:17


Chapter 124
Chapter 124

07:29


Chapter 125
Chapter 125

07:34


Chapter 126
Chapter 126

09:21


Chapter 127
Chapter 127

07:48


Chapter 128
Chapter 128

06:58


Chapter 129
Chapter 129

06:31


Chapter 130
Chapter 130

06:21


Chapter 131
Chapter 131

07:04


Chapter 132
Chapter 132

08:08


Chapter 133
Chapter 133

05:46


Chapter 134
Chapter 134

08:52


Chapter 135
Chapter 135

00:30