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Franklin D. Roosevelt and the New Deal: 1932-1940 Paperback – February 24, 2009
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“Any list of the New Deal’s premier historians must include Leuchtenburg.” (Library Journal)
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Many Americans today cannot appreciate the magnitude of the crisis which followed the stock market crash of 1929. National income had been halved. Over 5,000 banks had crashed, wiping out nine million savings accounts. Millions suffered the effects of hunger and malnutrition. "We are like the drounding [sic] man, grabbing at every thing that flotes by, trying to save what little we have," reported a North Carolinian. Fifty hungry men in Chicago fought over a barrel of garbage left outside the back of a restaurant. Men in Stockton, California waded through the city dump in search of rotted vegetables. Hundreds of children were kept out of school nationwide due to a lack of clothes. Hundreds of World War I veterans occupied buildings outside of Washington D.Read more ›
In short, counterintuitiely, information on earlier history of the U.S. available in modern sources is harder to find and less reliable than in older literature. As the other positive reviewers suggest, Leuchtenburg's book on the New Deal is therefore an indispensable source of detailed and balanced information on that critical time in American history. Fore me it's among a handful of essential volumes on American government and politics. Others that can be mentioned include Paul van Riper, The History of the U.S. Civil Service, 1958, Eric Foner on the Reconstruction Period, and Richard Morris and William Greenleaf "USA The History of a Nation, Volume 2" , 1967. for history from the Civil War to Truman. I have been unable to find and buy a copy of v. 1- let me know if anyone can help. The best more modern (relatively) U.S. history I have found that gets into contemporary issues of race, feminism, newer research on the role of disease in decimating American Indian populations, etc. is Alan Brinkley's "The Unfinished Nation", 1993. However, Brinkley almost totally omits much of Gilded Age politics, corruption, reform movements culminating in the Progressive Era, and takes a somewhat fashion-oriented liberal view of the New Deal.
This book, Franklin D Roosevelt and the New Deal, is the next best book on the New Deal. Freedom from Fear: The American People in Depression and War, 1929-1945 also is good but I would read "The New Deal: A Modern History first."
I also recommend a great FDR biography, such as the ones by Jean Edward Smith, H.W. Brands, Conrad Black, Frank Freidel and Doris Kearns Goodwin.
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Excellent summary of this turbulent times. Gave me a better understanding of the new deal and D. RooseveltPublished 3 months ago by Elliot K.
Only $1 more than older and well used books from a campus bookstore. The book arrived in great condition and has a much nicer cover than the previous edition. Read morePublished on September 25, 2013 by Evin
I would recommend this to lovers of history and of high quality used books. It is one ofthe best books on FDR and the New Deal.Published on June 13, 2013 by Lawrence Schwartz
This is a very poor quality edition of a fine academic and scholarly work. The pages are hardly better than newsprint quality, the type is small and poorly defined. Read morePublished on December 24, 2012 by Teacherman