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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  • 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...
  • Hadrian
    A balanced and thoughtful biography of the man who had the misfortune to be president during one of the worst economic crises in American history. He was born to a Quaker family in eastern Iowa, and was an orphan by age 9. He was able to squeak into admissions at the brand-new Stanford University, w...
  • 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...
  • Susan O
    I suspect I'm not alone in having known little about Herbert Hoover before reading Whyte's excellent biography. A couple of years ago I read an old biography of his wife Lou Henry Hoover, and I saw a documentary about Russian famine relief. These gave me a glimpse into Hoover that made me want to fi...
  • Doug Phillips
    Wow. Where do I begin with a brief but reflective review of this work. At 769 pages, it is not a light read. And despite what the Wall Street Journal identified as "easy to read", I found the book to be more encyclopedic in nature. I must confess that I knew little of Hoover's life prior to reading ...
  • Sandra
    This book paints Hoover in a bright light, which is totally different than the other Hoover bio. books I have read, in which he is presented as being a presidential failure during the great depression. So I don't know what is true and what is not. But what I always find amazing about these books, is...
  • Amy Leigh
    If you've ever wanted to learn about President Hoover this is the book for you! This biography is very thorough and covers his life from child orphan to becoming a humanitarian who founded organizations like UNICEF. His presidency and politics are strenuously covered and any one interested in histor...

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