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The challenge to liberty, Hardcover – January 1, 1934


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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 212 pages
  • Publisher: C. Scribner's sons; First Edition edition (1934)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 119965714X
  • ISBN-13: 978-1199657145
  • ASIN: B0006AMMIM
  • Product Dimensions: 7.7 x 5.4 x 1.1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,964,966 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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0 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Albert Alioto on September 9, 2012
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This book is a fascinating piece of the historical record. Just a year into the New Deal former President Hoover raised questions that are very valid in judging the Roosevelt Administration today. Hoover was
certainly not a religious writer and clearly was not trying to write in those terms. But the question of whether America sold its birthright of liberty for the relief it hoped to gain from the Depression is too
obvious to be missed. Indeed, Benjamin Franklin's statement that those who would sacrifice liberty for safety deserve neither would seem to come up, too. Do those who would sacrifice liberty for economic
security deserve either? That seems a real enough question to give this piece of the historical record significant contemporary value.
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1 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Dr. Who, What, Where? VINE VOICE on April 12, 2012
Format: Hardcover
This is Hoover's response to the New Deal programs, and it is based on his view that the programs would undermine the respect that individuals have for both freedom and liberty. It turns out that he is correct, but in this work Hoover offers a great insight into how these programs change the nature of citizenship. He argues that these programs replace self-sufficency with reliance upon government. That, he further argues, makes people come to view themselves in terms of being wards of the state. These programs just work to extinguish the self reliance that made America great, and that is why they needed to be repealed then. This book is important because it shows that Hoover saw what would occur with some accuracy. Get it and learn.
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1 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Paucious Unirat on July 28, 2010
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It would be instructive to compare Hoover's unintentionally-hilarious reactionary tripe with whatever piffle emerges from G. W. Bush's forthcoming memoirs. Great failures think alike, after all.
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