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  • Paperback
  • Publisher: Ludwig von Mises Institute (2007)
  • ASIN: B001D0MJWS
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #4,014,139 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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A great and important work.
Sharpshooter
Written by a journalist (and one moreover who was there writing at the time) in an entertaining fashion, the events unfold intriguingly.
nicholas moat
This book is well written and well researched.
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22 of 26 people found the following review helpful By Adrian Vance on December 26, 2008
Format: Paperback
John T. Flynn puts flesh on the skeleton that peeks through the mists of time in works like Jude Wanniski's "The Way The World Works" and other such carefully done analyses of the crash of 1929 and the aftermath.

While history may not repeat itself, but dies trying, these works should be on the desks and night-tables of every member of the elected class. We can see clearly where our new President and his veto-proof Congress could create for us a country far worse off than we were in the 30's.

As one who sat at the table of a father who graduated high school in 1931, the depth of the depression, hearing the nightly lecture on bad things were, how important it was to have a job and that FDR was God these revelations come as shocks, but they answer questions I had when in high school because even then much of what we were told did not equate.

The death of FDR was one of the two times I ever saw my father cry. The other was the funeral of his first daughter, that powerful was the myth of FDR. That in itself caused me to question it and John Flynn makes a muscular case for the truth of the matter with great implications for today. Nonetheless, this truth is going to be hard to sell as 42% of our people believe the myth and have been taught to hate not only George W. bush and Dick Cheney, but every Republican.

In summation, we may well be on the edge of a political "black hole" that we have been digging for 76 years.
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18 of 23 people found the following review helpful By Armand Herpe on March 12, 2009
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No other President in The U.S Did more to undermine and destroy The Constitution Than Franklin Delano Roosevelt.The New Deal violated every Principle of the Free Market System by Empowering the Federal Govt to Regulate and control the Private sector.He Manipulated the Japanese to attack Pearl Harbor Plunging The U.S into an unnecessary war.his Policies handed The Soviets all of Eastern Europe setting the stage for the conquest of China by the Communist and paving the Way for the Korean and Vietnam Wars.

FDR's Image as a Great President as The Champion of the working class as the savior of mankind is a Mass Manipulation of History.This Book rips the Myth of FDR.Excellent Book.Great read.!!!
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By anthony buonassisi on March 6, 2013
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What an eye opener of a book written a few years after the death of FDR. I had always thought of FDR as a man of vision but after reading this book it turns out that I was wrong.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Sharpshooter on June 18, 2012
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A great and important work. Flynn's grasp of market economics is lacking, but his understanding of basic economics is adequate. Where this work really shines is the light it casts on the true persona and psychology of FDR which has been so completely airbrushed clean by the education establishment in the years since. It also shows the statism and gross ignorance of the purported "Brain Trust" of FDR's cabinet, Congress, and the American people. It makes for a great comparison of the current thug in the White House.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By nicholas moat on December 19, 2012
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An easy read, this book had a profound affect on my view of the political process, by virtue of its astonishing relevance to ongoing developments in the US today. Yet it was published as long ago as 1948! Given the intervening passage of 64 years, the similarity between the methods of Roosevelt and Obama, clearly discernable in reading this book, are stunning. The reader is left reflecting how little must have been learnt during all those years. As the title makes clear, the author is no admirer of FDR, and the book should be read carefully with that in mind. Yet for me, starting as one who knew little from other sources about the events of the Hoover and Roosevelt administrations, but has followed intimately recent political events in the US, most of the content rang true. It is in any case supported by copious references.
Written by a journalist (and one moreover who was there writing at the time) in an entertaining fashion, the events unfold intriguingly. Like a novel, one is drawn relentlessly from chapter to chapter, fascinated by the next potential turn of events. A refreshing change indeed, for minds dulled by more conventional histories or treatises on political economy.
For anyone interested in political machines, and who wishes to understand what really goes on behind the scenes, to read 'The Roosevelt Myth' is a must.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Peter Reiss on December 23, 2012
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This book is an excellent expose on just how evil Roosevelt was. Over decades and even centuries methods and practices of commerce were developed only to be destroyed by Roosevelt. A small group of men believed that they were wiser than the collective wisdom of millions, at least pertaining to matters of commerce. Members of the brain trust did not have enough experience to be hired at a mid level managerial position with a company, let alone to run the entire economy.
Flynn also exposes the political corruption of the administration. Billions were spent at around election time which created a huge constituency for his policies, and continuation of his power. Workers on public payrolls were expected to kick back a percentage of their salaries, and of course to vote democratic. Coincidentally I was watching an interview with John Kenneth Galbraith on C-Span where he recounts when he was hired by the agriculture department in Washington. He was never asked if he was an American citizen, he was a Canadian, but he did have to swear under oath that he was a democrat!
One of the most striking revelations is that while Roosevelt was demonizing businessmen his wife earned the astonishing sum that is estimated at $3,000,000.00 as a shill for those same businessmen. This is at a time when $2,500.00 a year was an excellent salary. In today's dollars that amount is equivalent to 60, 80 or even 100 millions dollars. I have never heard any mention of this in all of histories and documentaries about Roosevelt.
There is so much more. The book is limited by space and does not even go into how Roosevelt maneuvered the country into war, despite that fact that the people were overwhelmingly against the war.
As is the case with several other American presidents he is among the most evil men ever to walk the face of the earth.
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