Other Sellers on Amazon
The Crisis of the Old Order: 1919-1933, The Age of Roosevelt, Volume I (1) Paperback – July 9, 2003
Enter your mobile number or email address below and we'll send you a link to download the free Kindle App. Then you can start reading Kindle books on your smartphone, tablet, or computer - no Kindle device required.
To get the free app, enter your mobile phone number.
Frequently bought together
About the Author
- Publisher : Mariner Books; 1st edition (July 9, 2003)
- Language : English
- Paperback : 576 pages
- ISBN-10 : 0618340858
- ISBN-13 : 978-0618340859
- Item Weight : 1.29 pounds
- Dimensions : 5.5 x 0.88 x 8.25 inches
Best Sellers Rank:
#627,550 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
- #34,021 in United States History (Books)
- Customer Reviews:
Top reviews from the United States
There was a problem filtering reviews right now. Please try again later.
This is a work of narrative history. Dates are important. But I'd say that around 20% of the time a date is mentioned in the text, it is the incorrect year because of a misprint. I mean, who can forget how FDR was the nominee for Vice President in 1980, or how FDR was still receiving correspondence in 1984. Most of the time, an informed reader can use the context to identify the date that Schlesinger probably wrote. But then there are things that'll leave you to throw up your hands, like how the text has Al Smith announce his candidacy on "January si, 1938."
Dates are just the most significant problem. I've probably spotted somewhere around a hundred non-numerical transcription errors. It's obvious that Mariner put extremely little care into producing this digital book. Like I said, the book is great, and it's a shame that the publisher didn't take the time to make an adequate transcription, but as it stands right now, it's insulting for Amazon and Mariner to charge money for this.
Schlesinger argues that the institutional structure of United States went through significant transformations, economically, demographically, and technologically. The American government failed to adapt itself to these changes. The roots the Great Depression are to a great degree caused by a failure to adjust to new economic circumstances. Thus, once the depression manifest the American government had no institutional infrastructure to put the economy back on track. From 1930 to 1932, the Hoover Administration allowed an economic crisis turn into a socio-political calamity, with its commitment to a balanced budget and personal responsibility. Thus although initially Hoover attempted to aid business, provide farm relief and conduct public works, it quickly abandoned any serious effort in such direction because of a failure to realize the shifts in the American economy. Schlesinger spends many pages critiquing Hoover and the "crisis of the old order.
Hoover's inability to understand the changing institutional structure of the American economy and the rise of big business and its dominance cost him the election to Roosevelt. Roosevelt however, also underestimated the changed nature of the American economy. The Roosevelt Administration essential had a Hooverian response to the banking crisis and then in the first New Deal or the National Industrial Recovery Act (1933) strengthened big business as a way out of the depression, it failed. The Roosevelt Administration did pass the Glass-Steagall Act (1933) and created the Securities and Exchange Commission to stabilize the financial structure of the American economy.
Schlesinger is a well-known defender of the New Deal. But his "Age of Roosevelt" is in no way a partisan apology. Critics of the New Deal will find many inroads to New Deal error and blunder in Schlesinger's narrative. Schlesinger offer an accurate historical interpretation to the "crisis of the old [pre-New Deal] order" and the response of the New Dealers as the improvised an legislative and institutional response to the Great Depression and human sufferings.
Schlesinger narrates the history from the documents of the period. The primary source narrative does not make for a slow moving book. Schlesinger's writing style is lucid, personal, and exciting. His narrative is full of names and personalities, along with anecdotes and humor. Schlesinger's narrative fully captures the tragedy of the crisis and the drama of the New Deal response along with their critics from both right and left.
Schlesinger further constructs his narrative from individual personalities, politics, and intellectual ideas. He demonstrates that legislation, policy, institutions, and ideas that became dubbed the "New Deal" were generated from diverse sources and distinct personalities. Readers of this book will learn the key personalities involved in the Roosevelt era, along with the legislation and institutions. In "The Crisis of the Old Order" the reader will come to understand the political and economic dilemmas which came to define the first three decades of the twentieth century and the solutions that were fashioned.
Schlesinger's "The Crisis of the Old Order" suggests that "New Deal" politics summarize, legislate and institutionalize sentiments of an era. While Roosevelt was personally a highly conventional thinker, the circumstances he confronted and the leadership style he brought to office allowed for widespread reform, while resisting the currents of revolutionary transformation. Although written more than 50 years ago, Schlesinger's book captures this better than any other book or author I know.
The New Deal was a patch work of legislation and institutions in reaction to the injustices, inequalities, and instability of the previous five or six decades, with a vision of hope for the future. It was an era and generation which believed government could make things better and is a source of social justice. The personalities involved embodied these sentiments. Now whether the New Deal accomplished social justice, solved political and economic problems, or was a failure is for the judgment of history. There is no better historical guide than Arthur M. Schlesinger and his "Age of Roosevelt."
Dates are wrong; words like Hitler become Hyder or Rexford Tugwell are Rixall Teigwell, etc.
What a travesty to the legendary author and the entire series by this schlock e-translation.
Top reviews from other countries
Unfortunately, Kindle books in this series are blighted with innumerable typographic errors; it seems that the publishers do not believe in proof-reading. If you need this book as a reference for dates or quotations, Kindle is a poor option.
However, the kindle version is horrible: it is full of mistakes and typos due to the optical recognition of characters. 3 becomes 8, therefore dates, the most important references of a history book, are wrong: "Yet Hoover told Stimson in February 88...", page 476. February 88? Hoover died in 1964! Or is "88" the day? Last time I checked, February had 28 or 29 days. And this is just one example. Then, the exclamation point becomes an "L", sometimes there are no dots at the end of the sentences, and many more confusions (e.g. A "w" becomes "\y", therefore words like "went" become "\yent").
That is not acceptable and Amazon should definitely provide high quality services, but this is not the case.