Winter War: Hoover, Roosevelt, and the First Clash Over the New Deal

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The transition between Presidential administrations is not that long, but not so long ago it was several months; rarely do transitions between Presidents get written about, but Professor Eric Rauchway looks at the transition between Hoover and FDR at the height of the Great Depression. Professor Rauchway takes us through the tangled mess of presidential politics, backroom deals, and one bitter man (Hoover) trying to make life difficult for his successor (FDR) by putting into place deals and laws that would be difficult to unravel. These two men had different ideas about the New Deal, and they campaigned on it across the country, with Hoover believing until the end that the public still saw things his way and that his way was the right way. But with the economy not recovering, the people choose FDR.

While this book brings to life a period of transition that is often not written about, Professor Rauchway does spend a lot of time talking about the election itself, the primaries, and even political outlooks over time. To the point that this feels more like a book about the overall election of 1932 and not just the transition. Still a great book.


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Author Eric Rauchway
Star Count 4/5
Format Hard
Page Count 304 pages
Publisher Basic Books
Publish Date 2018-Nov-20
ISBN 9780465094585
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Issue February 2019
Category History
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