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Politically unaffiliated throughout the early 1920's, both Republicans and Democrats eyed Herbert Hoover as a potential candidate for president. At the time of his landslide victory in 1928 as a Republican Hoover was, by many accounts, the most respected man in America. But just months after Hoover took office, he found himself in the middle of one of America's greatest economic crises: the stock market crash of 1929, massive unemployment, and the beginning of the Great Depression. With expert scholarly analysis, Hoover's story unfolds here in dramatic fashion as the film examines the strengths and weaknesses of a man destined to both win and lose the presidency of the United States in an election landslide. An Iowa orphan, Hoover was a self-made millionaire at an early age with a vast expertise in leadership, crisis management, and humanitarian work. His two terms as Secretary of Commerce have been hailed as extraordinary, leaving a legacy that continues to impact Americans way of life. Yet his policy decisions as president around employment and monetary and fiscal policy continue to provoke strong criticism from politicians and leaders today.

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  • Actors: Robert Reich, David Kenedy, Amity Shlaes
  • Directors: Chip Duncan
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Closed-captioned, Color, NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: PBS
  • DVD Release Date: December 8, 2009
  • Run Time: 60 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (14 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B002TCRQ4A
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #91,271 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Daniel A Goldman on February 14, 2014
Format: DVD
"Landslide - A Portrait of President Herbert Hoover" did not explain Herbert Hoover very well. Most of the DVD is various "talking heads", such as Robert Reich and David Kennedy. These are very intelligent and articulate people, but they mainly discuss what caused the Great Depression and other policy matters, not Hoover himself. They could have (probably have) produced a separate DVD on what caused the Great Depression. I was expecting something more about Hoover.

Hoover is widely recognized as a great humanitarian and public servant. But from the DVD I get little or no sense of Hoover as a person. The DVD was boring and over-general. Hoover remains a stiff, distant figure, just as he was before I viewed the DVD. I suspect there was more to Hoover.

The DVD does cover all of Hoover's life, but it seemed to me in a pretty superficial way. For example, his humanitarian work in WWI to feed the Belgians is somewhat covered, but I think a lot more details could have been provided, especially since this is what largely vaulted him to fame. Again, he became wealthy early as a mining engineer, but it is unclear from the video exactly how that happened. Obviously, they struck it rich somewhere, but the details are lacking.

I do not recommend this DVD.
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By Amazon Customer on July 28, 2011
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This is an excellent well-rounded portrait of Hoover's life. The film's length is just under 1 HR. The production quality and attention to detail are all very high. Various experts and academics are interviewed on camera - interwoven successfully with images and footage from Hoover's life. The production, editing, music, etc. are all excellent - this is a quality production.
The whole of Hoover's life is touched upon, from childhood through his years in office, even including a brief discussion of his 30+ years after he left the White House until his death in 1964.
I couldn't ask for a better 1 HR documentary film on the life of Herbert Hoover. Recommended.
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By Helene Kyle on January 18, 2014
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This was very educational. I hadn't giving that long ago president much thought until seeing this and understanding what type of person he was.
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By John S. Presnall on January 5, 2014
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I never held President Hoover in high regard until watching this. I can much better appreciate his post-world-war efforts at resuscitating Europe.
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I chose this rating because it covered different aspects of Hoover than traditional history typically remembers. There was much more to this man than his challenges as the Great Depression progressed. Highly recommended.
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By katielynn on October 17, 2013
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This was a good documentary that I would recommend to teachers, students, and history buffs. It touches on how he became president and why his presidency was ineffective.
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By vmpage on July 21, 2013
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As someone who is intrigued by how our leaders chose to handle economic and social issues and their reasons behind doing so, I found this film very informative and interesting. I like that it is fairly short - easy to watch time-wise and kept my attention very well. I also appreciate that there are opposing opinions and this wasn't an all out "Hoover was wonderful" piece. I knew bits of a lot of what was covered in the film (hence my interest in watching), but also learned a great deal as well. Sadly, it is hard to get the true facts on anything political or historical, but I think this film was excellent!
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