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Hoover by Kenneth Whyte
Oct 10, 2017 | 752 Pages
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“In this fat, intensely researched, mostly admiring biography, National Post founding editor Whyte makes a convincing case for his rehabilitation and succeeds in providing ‘a faithful portrait of the man in his times’… A thoughtful resurrection of a brilliant man who, aside from the Founding Fathers, did more good before taking office than any other president in American history.” Kirkus (starred review)
“Moves at a brisk pace… Whyte delivers a clear-eyed, sympathetic portrayal of the American president best remembered for his inability to pull the U.S. out of the Great Depression… [He] doesn’t shy away from [the] seedier aspects of Hoover’s life, but nor is he judgmental… With adept explanations of the Depression’s complexities and a refreshing sense of objectivity regarding Hoover’s approach to combatting it, Whyte portrays a figure to be neither pitied nor reviled, but better understood.” Publishers Weekly
“Often ranked as one of our worst presidents—his very name evokes Depression-era shantytowns—Hoover gets a reconsideration here that sweeps over his entire career… [Whyte] charts Hoover’s rise from childhood poverty to business mega-success, then reminds us of Hoover’s large-scale humanitarian works during World War I and after the 1927 Mississippi floods and his efforts (however thankless) to combat the Great Depression. And he was tasked by President Harry Truman himself with aiding European refugees after World War II, which not everyone knows. Get reading.” —Barbara Hoffert, Library Journal, “Barbara’s Picks”

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