1932: Fdr, Hoover and the Dawn of a New America


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Citadel Press
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6.0 X 9.1 X 1.5 inches | 1.19 pounds

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About the Author

Scott Martelle, a veteran journalist and former member of the Los Angeles Times editorial board, is the author of six previous nonfiction books. His journalism has included presidential campaigns; postwar Kosovo; a wide range of local and regional stories; book and music reviews; longform narrative nonfiction, and opinion pieces on such divisive topics as climate change, immigration, the death penalty, and gun control. His work has appeared in The New York Times, The Washington Post, Sierra magazine, Los Angeles and Orange Coast magazines, and elsewhere.


Praise for 1932

"A compelling account of a pivotal year in U.S. history. Veteran journalist Martelle, author of The Madman and the Assassin and Blood Passion, among other titles, provides a fine account of the run-up to "one of the most consequential elections in U.S. history." An expert portrait of a national turning point." --Kirkus Reviews, STARRED REVIEW on 1932

"Martelle does a masterful job in 1932 of telling the story of the Hoover/Roosevelt face-off, fleshing out events with timelines, the personal diaries of ordinary citizens, and copious details about farms, industry, and generalized anger to illustrate just how split and destitute America was at the time." --Washington Independent Review of Books

"Mr. Martelle recounts the... story of a nation mired in the Depression, the growth of the labor movement, and the rise of figures like Huey Long and Father Coughlan -- not to mention less well-known figures like the leader of the Bonus Army of veterans demanding early redemption of their service bonus certificates, Walter Waters, and the head of the American Communist Party, William Z. Foster." --New York Sun

Praise for Scott Martelle

"A fascinating biography...Mr. Martelle, an editorial writer for the Los Angeles Times, recounts Walker's expedition in such meticulously researched detail." --The Wall Street Journal on William Walker's Wars

"An engaging, provocative introduction." --Los Angeles Times on Detroit

"Scott Martelle has written a marvelous book that uncovers a little-known and dark corner of American history, when men like William Walker invaded sovereign countries to grab land and expand slavery." --Frances Dinkelspiel, author of Towers of Gold and Tangled Vines on William Walker's Wars

"Martelle presents a well-written and researched narrative, captivating in scope." --Booklist on William Walker's Wars

"This mesmerizing cautionary tale is sure to fascinate armchair historians." --Publishers Weekly on William Walker's Wars

"A curious portrait of a celebrity nonentity caught up in the throes of history." --Kirkus Reviews on The Madman and the Assassin

"History buffs will enjoy this fast-paced, well-told addition to the literature on Lincoln and the Civil War." --Library Journal on The Madman and the Assassin

"A sympathetic, engaging, and authentic portrait of the soldier who killed one of America's most famous assassins." --James McGrath Morris, author, Pulitzer and The Rose Man of Sing Sing on The Madman and the Assassin

"A fascinating look at Boston Corbett, an eccentric who appears at one of the critical junctures in American history. Scott Martelle deftly brings Corbett's nineteenth-century world back to life in his compelling tale of murder and madness." --Julia Flynn Siler, author, The House of Mondavi and Lost Kingdom on The Madman and the Assassin

"Mr. Martelle has done an admirable job of researching Corbett's life. Serious students of the Civil War may be happy to learn more about the obscure oddball who killed the assassin." --The Wall Street Journal on The Madman and the Assassin