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New York Times editorial board member Cohen (coauthor, American Pharaoh) delivers an exemplary and remarkably timely narrative of FDR's famous first Hundred Days as president. Providing a new perspective on an oft-told story, Cohen zeroes in on the five Roosevelt aides-de-camp whom he rightly sees as having been the most influential in developing FDR's wave of extraordinary actions. These were agriculture secretary Henry Wallace, presidential aide Raymond Moley, budget director Lewis Douglas, labor secretary Frances Perkins and Civil Works Administration director Harry Hopkins. This group, Cohen emphasizes, did not work in concert. The liberal Perkins, Wallace and Hopkins often clashed with Douglas, one of the few free-marketers in FDR's court. Moley hovered somewhere in between the two camps. As Cohen shows, the liberals generally prevailed in debates. However, the vital foundation for FDR's New Deal was crafted through a process of rigorous argument within the president's innermost circle rather than ideological consensus. Cohen's exhaustively researched and eloquently argued book provides a vital new level of insight into Roosevelt's sweeping expansion of the federal government's role in our national life. (Jan. 12)
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Critics agree that by focusing on five aides to the president, Nothing to Fear provides a new and interesting perspective on an epochal period in American politics. Cohen gears his writing to the lay reader, sparing the heavy policy analysis and producing a narrative both enjoyable and compelling. While the New York Times Book Review notes that focusing only on FDR's first 100 days might yield a misleading impression of the New Deal and that Cohen's framework—the five biographical sketches of five key FDR aides—represents "only a sampling of the many planets orbiting Roosevelt's sun," reviewers generally agree that Cohen's close view serves his book well. By examining five aides with diverse political views, Cohen insightfully sketches the ideological complexity of FDR's start in office, while also establishing a perspective on the committed leftward course his presidency ultimately took.
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Interesting and insightful read. The book provides a depth of understanding of the character of each player as well as their inter-relationships and connected-ness.Published 27 days ago by Heavy G
ONE OUR NATION'S GREAT PRESIDENTS WHO TOOK THE REINS OF POWER TO TRANSFORM A NATION TORN AND TATTERED FROM ONE OF IT'S GREATEST PERIODS OF ECONOMIC TRAUMA AND DEGRADATION SINCE THE... Read morePublished 9 months ago by Larry Derain Hicks
It is a very interesting book, maybe because I did not know the facts about the FDR 100 days and the presidency, just having heard general references to the time. Read morePublished 18 months ago by Par Kettis
Nothing to Fear is a clearly written and well researched overview of the first hundred days and the key FDR advisors involved.Published 19 months ago by Myles H. Whitney
The first 20 pages of the book were missing. I expected better quality, now I have to find the first 20 somewhere else so I can read this book for my HIS 104 class.Published 20 months ago by Grecia Gastelum