Editor’s note: This is the 31st entry in the writer’s project to read one book about each of the U.S. Presidents in the year prior to Election Day 2016. Follow Marcus’ progress at the @44in52 Twitter account and the 44 in 52 Spreadsheet.
It has taken me nearly six weeks to write about Charles Rappleye’s Herbert Hoover in the White House. This isn’t the fault of the book, which does a fairly good job of walking the reader through Hoover’s years in the presidency, and how his mistakes as president helped worsen the onset of the Great Depression.
Given the myriad causes and effects of the Depression, how could I encapsulate a book about a president who was defined by it? I’ve continued reading, plowing my way through his successors, but got to hung up on the big picture of Hoover’s presidency. Read more…More about Books, History, Presidents, 44 In 52, and Us World
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