The Life of Herbert Hoover: Imperfect Visionary, 1918-1928

The Life of Herbert Hoover: Imperfect Visionary, 1918-1928 [Reading] ➶ The Life of Herbert Hoover: Imperfect Visionary, 1918-1928 Author Kendrick A. Clements – Natus-physiotherapy.co.uk This latest volume in the definitive six volume biography of Herbert Hoover tracks Hoover’s life and career from 1918 to 1928—a period defined largely by his role as United States Secretary of Com This latest volume in the definitive six volume of Herbert eBook ✓ biography of Herbert Hoover tracks Hoover’s life and career from to —a period defined largely by his role as United States Secretary of Commerce and leading directly to his election as the thirty first President of the United States It tells the story of how Hoover the engineering progressive turned relief and war manager developed a public philosophy for dealing with a wide array of problems It also fits Hoover into the larger thought action and developmental patterns of the period interweaving his family matters The Life ePUB í business affairs and other projects with the larger historical context.


2 thoughts on “The Life of Herbert Hoover: Imperfect Visionary, 1918-1928

  1. Stefania Dzhanamova Stefania Dzhanamova says:

    The fourth volume of The Life of Herbert Hoover begins with the Armistice at the end of WWI in November 1918 Hoover was faced with an unprecedented challenge The war had left the victors weakened than they initially realized and destroyed Austria Hungarian Russian and Ottoman Empires that had ruled Eastern and Central Europe Only USA had emerged from the war politically economically and militarily strengthened To deal with some of the war’s legacies President Woodrow Wilson asked the head of the American Food Administration Herbert Hoover to develop his wartime relief program for Belgium into a continent wide rehabilitation plan The challenge involved not only feeding the hungry but also especially in Central Europe helping restore agricultural and industrial production rebuild administrative structure and reconstruct distribution systems Hoover was faced with a heavy task and his success in it would lead to his being pronounced “the great humanitarian” It would also bring him further assignments in the Mississippi Valley New England and Russia In 1919 Wilson turned to Hoover again this time to serve in a national conference to seek remedies for the industrial conflicts undermining the economy His work in this role as well as his humanitarian efforts marked him as a potential presidential candidate in 1920s a position he eventually accepted albeit half heartedly Eliminated as a candidate before the Republican convention he tried but failed to persuade Warren Harding to support ratification of the Treaty of Versailles When Harding won the election Hoover was offered to join his administration as secretary of commerce a role he embraced with great enthusiasm In addition to reorganizing and expanding the activities of the Commerce Department he also pushed to control agricultural marketing both in the States and abroad and demanded authority to evaluate proposed foreign loans German reparations and the Federal Reserve’s rates In 1929 he moved to the White House with a lot of his intuitives incomplete but looked back on the Commerce period as happy years of constructive work Although a talented executive and administrator Hoover unfortunately had none of the skills of a politician He was painfully shy exceptionally sensitive to attacks and a poor public speaker Some members of Congress listening to him felt that he was talking down to them Yet despite his flaws Herbert Hoover did a lot of good during his public career As a secretary of commerce he did much to build power communications transportation and credit networks upon which consumers depended Amid racial religious and ethnic divisions he worked hard to help Americans make a transition form the rural 19th century to urban industrial world power Kendrick A Clements’ work is a brilliantly written and insightful look into Herbert Hoover’s character and a very detailed account of his life and public activity between 1918 1928 Recommendable


  2. Jim Jim says:

    If a college course about the Presidency between 1912 1932 were being taught I would recommend this book as part of the curriculum as it is a well sourced book However as a general reading book it is much too dry


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