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Product Details

  • Series: Critical Issue
  • Hardcover: 224 pages
  • Publisher: Hill and Wang (May 27, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0809044412
  • ASIN: B00375LMXY
  • Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 0.8 x 8.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,546,314 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Franklin Roosevelt’s first 100 days in the presidential office, in 1933, saw an amazing number of economic recovery bills issued from the White House and passed by a relatively agreeable Congress: 16 major pieces of legislation were enacted between March 8 and July 16, 1933. This scurry of activity became a paradigm, for succeeding administrations, of early presidential productivity. However, because the American economy was faltering so drastically at that time, there was an especial need for speed to get the country back up and running; it was incumbent upon the new president to attempt so many legislative remedies in such a brief space of time for the express purpose of reopening the banks, regulating agriculture, establishing employment relief, and controlling industry. With insight, great judiciousness, and extremely well-ordered pacing, Badger, an expert in American history at Cambridge University, reviews the pieces of legislation and analyzes their effectiveness. An important book in contributing to a complete picture of twentieth-century U.S. history that is clear and accessible. --Brad Hooper

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“Badger conveys the story in a trim 174 pages of lucid, thoughtful, and crisp prose. The most important contributions of this book is Badger’s mastery of the voluminous scholarship on the Roosevelt era . . . A readable and debatable volume.” —Nancy Beck Young, The Journal of Southern History

 

“An important book in contributing to a complete picture of twentieth-century U.S. history that is clear and accessible.” —Booklist

 
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Easy to read and very informative.
Ron
There is a bibliography at the end so if the reader wants to look at the sources Mr. Badger used or wants to learn more on the subject the resources are there.
Heather
The background on Harry Hopkins and Francis Perkins is especially interesting.
A. J. Maclaren

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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Heather on March 13, 2009
Format: Hardcover
This is a great little analysis of the Hundred Days of FDR by a famous New Deal/Great Depression historian, Anthony Badger. Even though this book is fairly short (you can read it in one day), it contains a great deal of information for the reader. There is a bibliography at the end so if the reader wants to look at the sources Mr. Badger used or wants to learn more on the subject the resources are there.

I absolutely loved this book. I read it cover to cover in less than a day. I definitely recommend this book to anyone who is interested in Franklin D. Roosevelt, the New Deal, or the infamous Hundred Days.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Clarence L. Mohr on August 31, 2009
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Conservatives denounce the 'First Hundred days' as a plot against capitalism. Socialists lament the lost opportunities resulting from an alleged failure of liberal nerve. Badger sets the record straight in a brilliant fashion, bringing to bear his deep knowledge of congressional politics and his sophisticated grasp of the political forces at play within and outside Washington. Badger's command of the voluminous scholarship on FDR and the New Deal is flawless. No book packs more insight about the early New Deal into fewer pages. Like Patrick J. Maney's "The Roosevelt Presence," Badger's work dispels many myths surrounding the formulation of public policy during the 1930s.The Roosevelt Presence: The Life and Legacy of FDR
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Donald A. Collins on August 29, 2009
Format: Hardcover
This lively, terse, yet balanced account of FDR's first 100 days actually relates the story of his whole life with all its up and downs, his polio, his infidelity, his ultimate rise to power which hung by a thread at the 1932 Democratic convention.

But most interesting to me was the author's finding an overlooked draft section of his famous first inaugural address ("We have nothing to fear but fear itself") which called for him to assume the powers of a dictator. Advice from many including the most powerful editorial voice of this time, Walter Lippman, was that doing so was the only way to save the country.

FDR decided NOT to do so and with programs like the Citizen Conservation Corps, which ultimately gave jobs and dignity to millions of men and their families, he guided a faltering republic through the difficult economic times of the 1930's.

As we now realize, real recovery had to await WWII, followed by post war years of prosperity, but the republic survived. However, Roosevelt to his everlasting credit was wise enough not to trust even himself with the Emperor's scepter.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By A. J. Maclaren on January 10, 2010
Format: Hardcover
FDR faced enormous problems, both the dreadful financial crisis in the U.S. as well as politicians of both parties that opposed his initiatives. The book speaks clearly of four appointees and advisors that helped FDR formulate his agenda, sometimes even if he wasn't enthusiastic about some of it. For me, the book's greater value is providing a context to view President Obama's problems. There is one major difference. FDR did not inherit two on-going conflicts and the associated political issues and costs. It is an easy read, but very informative. The background on Harry Hopkins and Francis Perkins is especially interesting.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Hans G. Despain on May 24, 2012
Format: Hardcover
This is a fairly accessible short book on the first hundred days of Roosevelt's presidency and New Deal policy. The author, Anthony J. Badger, is a celebrated authority on the New Deal era. Badger serves as an excellent guide of the chaotic first 100 days of Roosevelt's presidency. As a mere guide to major policies and events of the early ("first") New Deal, Badger's book is adequate. In other words, the reader will be introduced to the names of the principle individuals and the policy, debates and ideas driving the activity of the first 100 days.

However, Badger seems to have a much more specific aim. Namely, defending the New Deal (more specifically the "first" New Deal) against critics who tend to abstract away from the historical context of actual events and policy formation, and ignore the actual mood and attitudes predominating the "national" consciousness.

The first thing we read is Roosevelt received millions of letters from American citizens. Hoover had one person administer the mail room, Roosevelt needed fifty. These were not ordinary times; Americans were fearful and anxious, above all else suffering. Roosevelt desired to help, and more importantly the currents of history demanded alleviation of suffering (e.g., unemployed, farmers, poor, etc.) and policy to patch-up the structural weaknesses of the U.S. economy (i.e., financial structure, agricultural instability, employment instability, etc.) but the governmental apparatus of the U.S. was exceedingly deficient.

Badger is greatly competent to tell the story of the construction of the New Deal. To this aim, chapters 2 through 6 are dedicated.
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