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"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)
There are few books that are this well written and yet so informative.
His many failures did indeed help lead to the worst economic depression in world history but this book does us all a great service by showing the man, warts and all.
In fact, this short biography is one of the best in the American Presidents series.
Interesting read about Hoover from his childhood to the end of his presidency. Doesn't get caught up in the minutiae of every year of his life like a lot of biographies. Read morePublished 2 months ago by Nancy L. Webb
As always it was very good, and very informative glad to add it to my collection.Published 2 months ago by George Sandlin
In general I enjoy this series but found this author definitely did not like his subject. Why would someone write about someone they detested?Published 4 months ago by michael bond
This is another well written biography in the "American Presidents Series." In reading this, you will learn that Hoover was quite the interesting person. Read morePublished 4 months ago by Amazon Customer
This book was purchased for my Mother and I know she really loved it. She has most of all the presidents books and she has always been a history buff. Read morePublished 7 months ago by Diane
I read all the Biographies of the Presidents by way of the Presidential series. If you are going to do it, read John Hancock first because he was the first Continental Congress... Read morePublished 7 months ago by Frank Anderson
This narrative has no footnotes, yet the writer's comprehensive knowledge of this extraordinary man is convincing beyond the need for sourcing. Read morePublished 8 months ago by Al Rodbell
It was well written but I strongly suspect that Hoover was not all that bad. The writer's political leanings were obvious.Published 10 months ago by Nadine S. Ide
I never thought Herbert Hoover was a good President and this book proves it. What a miserable person he was. Read morePublished 11 months ago by Joe Julian