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The Life of Herbert Hoover: The Humanitarian, 1914-1917 (Life of Herbert Hoover, Vol. 2) Hardcover – August 17, 1988

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In the opening volume of this biography, Nash covers the first 40 years of Hoover's remarkably varied and productive life, with emphasis on his career as a mining engineer. The second installment deals with his masterful administration of the Commission for Relief in Belgium during World War I, which saw to the acquisition and distribution of food, clothing and medical supplies to more than nine million Belgian and French citizens trapped between the German army of occupation and a British naval blockade. It was the largest relief program in history, and the fulcrum of its success was Hoover's ability to elicit cooperation from British and French cabinet ministers, German generals, Belgian financiers and American charity officials. Nash leaves no doubt that Hoover's cultivation of public support for the effort in the U.S. was crucial. By 1917, the one-time mining engineer who was to become our 31st president had earned an international reputation as a humanitarian and had taken his first major step on the long road to the White House. A memorable portrait of a man who was "a personified combination of idealism and power." Photos.
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Nash's multivolume biography seems destined to become the standard work on the much misunderstood and unappreciated 31st president. This second volume (the first is subtitled The Engineer, 1874-1914 , LJ 3/1/83) details Hoover's entry into public life, specifically his work on the American Relief Commission and the Commission for Relief in Belgium during World War I. Like the preceding volume, this is well written and well researched. Readers interested in a shorter, less detailed account might prefer Joan Hoff Wilson's Herbert Hoover: Forgotten Progressive ( 1975) or Richard Norton Smith's An Uncommon Man: The Triumph of Herbert Hoover ( S . & S., 1984), but for a full and comprehensive treatment , Nash's work is difficult to surpass. Scott Wright, Coll. of St. Thomas, St. Paul
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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 497 pages
  • Publisher: W. W. Norton & Company; 1st edition (August 17, 1988)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0393025500
  • ISBN-13: 978-0393025507
  • Product Dimensions: 0.6 x 0.2 x 1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.9 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,570,134 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By Kevin M. Derby VINE VOICE on June 24, 2016
Format: Hardcover
George Nash’s biography of Herbert Hoover continues in this second volume which looks at his efforts leading the Belgium relief efforts in World War One. This is a far more focused volume than the first one but continues to offer an excellent portrait of one of the leading Americans of the early part of the last century. Nash does well when he tackles Hoover’s personal life but he also shines a light on the war and the tricky diplomacy as CRB attempted to help Belgians even as Germany and the Allies squabbled over what could be done to help that occupied nation. Hoover’s abilities--and his often problematic but effective management style--are on center stage here. Nash is one of the finest presidential biographers of recent years and he’s in top form here. Whatever we think of Hoover's presidency, his humanitarian work was remarkable and saved hundreds of thousands. No book in the English language reveals Hoover's efforts as well as Nash's readable second volume of this wonderful biography. Highest recommendation.
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Format: Hardcover
George Nash’s biography of Herbert Hoover continues in this second volume which looks at his efforts leading the Belgium relief efforts in World War One. This is a far more focused volume than the first one but continues to offer an excellent portrait of one of the leading Americans of the early part of the last century. Nash does well when he tackles Hoover’s personal life but he also shines a light on the war and the tricky diplomacy as CRB attempted to help Belgians even as Germany and the Allies squabbled over what could be done to help that occupied nation. Hoover’s abilities--and his often problematic but effective management style--are on center stage here. Nash is one of the finest presidential biographers of recent years and he’s in top form here. Whatever we think of Hoover's presidency, his humanitarian work was remarkable and saved hundreds of thousands. No book in the English language reveals Hoover's efforts as well as Nash's readable second volume of this wonderful biography. Highest recommendation.
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