Herbert Hoover

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St. Martins Press-3PL
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6.0 X 8.58 X 0.69 inches | 0.69 pounds

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About the Author

William E. Leuchtenburg, a professor emeritus at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, is a noted authority on twentieth-century American history. A winner of both the Bancroft and Parkman prizes, he is the author of numerous books on the New Deal. In 2008, he was chosen as the first recipient of the Arthur M. Schlesinger Jr. Award for Distinguished Writing in American History of Enduring Public Significance.


"Powerful... [Herbert Hoover] is a superb example of the vitality and importance of political history... Mr. Leuchtenburg's biography reminds us that the personalities, actions and beliefs of political leaders have a profound effect on the rest of us." --The New York Observer

"Memorable... Hoover's chronicler, William E. Leuchtenburg... writes like an angel and spices his narrative with trenchant judgments about a president who seemed like Superman when he took office in 1929 but who quickly lost his magical powers in the face of the Great Depression... Readers will quite likely delight in discovering more for themselves." --The Dallas Morning News

"In this meaty little book, [Leuchtenburg] brings to the life of Hoover his own lifetime of study of this watershed moment in the American past... He is one of the foremost authorities on the 1930s, the New Deal, and FDR." --Slate.com

"[A] frank, thoughtful literary portrait... This is a fair and balanced reassessment of Herbert Hoover and his legacy that is long overdue." --Tucson Citizen

"William E. Leuchtenburg's... Herbert Hoover [is] a wonderful and instructive biography." --Richard Cohen, The Washington Post

"Timely." --The Bloomsbury Review

"A brilliantly written cautionary tale for those who believe a hard-nosed businessman would bring a breath of fresh air to the American presidency." --Kirkus Reviews (starred review)

"In this outstanding addition to the American Presidents series, Bancroft Prize-winning historian Leuchtenburg... brings vivid prose and strong opinions to this richly insightful biography of a president whose impressive business acumen served him poorly." --Publishers Weekly (starred review)