Hoover: An Extraordinary Life in Extraordinary Times by Kenneth Whyte

Hoover: An Extraordinary Life in Extraordinary Times

The definitive biography of one of the most remarkable Americans of the twentieth century, Herbert Hoover--a revisionist account that will forever change the way Americans understand the man, his presidency, and his battle against the Great Depression. A poor orphan who built a fortune, a great humanitarian, a president elected in a landslide and then routed in the next el...

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  • Kristine
    Hoover by Kenneth Whyte is a free NetGalley ebook that I read in early October.More familiar as a U.S. president and the origin of the terms 'Hooverville' and to 'Hoover' your dinner plate, Herbert Hoover isn't as well-known or remembered for his humanitarian relief efforts and programs. Born in Iow...
  • Kathleen
    First, I should admit that I was a bit biased on the subject before I began reading Hoover . I have a special place in my heart for Herbert Hoover. I lived in Iowa for 16 years and spent some time at the Herbert Hoover Presidential Library and Museum in West Branch, where I learned quite a bit about...
  • Casey Wheeler
    I received a free Kindle copy of Hoover: HIs Life and Times by Kenneth Whyte courtesy of Net Galley and Knopf Doubleday the publisher. It was with the understanding that I would post a review to Net Galley, Goodreads, Amazon, Barnes and Noble and my history book review blog. I also posted it t...
  • Jill Elizabeth
    I love biographies, especially when they are about "private" people in the public eye. This was a much easier task to accomplish in Hoover's time, but still... Hoover's name is bandied about for a number of reasons (e.g., Hoovervilles, Hoover Dam), but once I began reading this very detailed and wel...
  • Mindy
    Kenneth Whyte is a wonderful author. Hoover is a very well-written and well-thought out biography. Hoover is a very interesting man and how he overcame the challenges in his life are astonishing to say the least. It did get a little dry at times, however, I have found with most historical biographie...
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  • Mark Mortensen
    This comprehensive biography tells the life of our 31st U.S. President Herbert Hoover. When the youth from rural Iowa entered Stanford University his desire for reading and knowledge soared. The self-made entrepreneur businessman traveled the globe and lived outside the United States for many years ...
  • Dan
    I didn’t know what to expect when I first started listening to this book, but after having finished all 28 hours, I have found this to be one of the best, most interesting books I have read in a long time.Hoover was a great humanitarian who made a profound difference in the world over many deca...
  • Robert Simmons
    As a work of history, Whyte's book is unimpeachably thorough, particularly in the bulk of Hoover's life before his presidency. Highlighting his incredibly long list of achievements in that time is what makes this a standout effort. Hoover's term as president is almost raced through by comparison, th...

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