The Life of Herbert Hoover: Keeper of the Torch, 1933-1964

Hardcover | January 8, 2013

byGary Dean Best

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It has often been said of Herbert Hoover that his accomplishments even before he became president were adequate to ensure him an important place in American history, even without his service in the White House. It is equally true that his achievements during his post-presidential years are sufficient, in themselves, to make him an important historical figure without reference to all that happened before l933. Hoover's post-presidential years were kaleidoscopic-filled with the activities of a man constantly on the move, both physically and mentally. He remained an active presence in politics, exerting his considerable influence in the Republican Party to maintain the GOP as the bulwark of conservative principles in American politics; he was a leader in the debate over American involvement in World War II as well as over-committing U.S. ground forces to the defense of Europe under NATO in the l950s; and post-World War II he formulated a program that was largely embraced both by the Republican Party and by the Roosevelt administration, paving the way for a bipartisan foreign policy after the war. Throughout these activities, he maintained his concern for public welfare, particularly children, through his efforts to feed children in war-torn Europe before and after U.S. involvement in the war and as head of the Famine Emergency Committee after World War II. In later years, he served as chairman of two commissions on reorganization of the executive branch of the federal government, bringing about major reforms and restructuring in the federal government. Among his other accomplishments, Hoover was also a productive historian and prolific author of articles and books. In this monumental contribution to Hoover scholarship, eminent historian Gary Dean Best chronicles the post-presidential decades of this important historical figure, and the achievements of a distinguished career that extended far beyond Herbert Hoover's presidency.

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It has often been said of Herbert Hoover that his accomplishments even before he became president were adequate to ensure him an important place in American history, even without his service in the White House. It is equally true that his achievements during his post-presidential years are sufficient, in themselves, to make him an impo...

Gary Dean Best was a Professor of History at the University of Hawaii at Hilo. He received his PhD from the University of Hawaii in 1973, lectured at Sophia University in Tokyo, 1973-1974 and was a Fulbright Scholar in Japan, 1974-1975. Best held a National Endowment for the Humanities fellowship in 1982-1983 and was awarded research ...

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Format:HardcoverDimensions:560 pages, 10.99 × 6.26 × 1.42 inPublished:January 8, 2013Publisher:Palgrave MacmillanLanguage:English

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Table of Contents

1. The Silent Period
2. The Politician
3. The Evangelist
4. Crises Abroad, Politics at Home
5. Campaigns
6. Leading the Loyal Opposition
7. The War Years
8. Planning for Peace
9. A New Attitude in Washington
10. On The Road at 71
11. Rolling Back the New Deal
12. The Great Debate
13. The Republican Years
14. The Ageless One
15. The Grand Old Man of the Grand Old Party

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"Full and impressive . . . Mr. Best offers a gratifying distillation of a complicated and gifted elder statesman." - The Wall Street Journal "Best as completed the multiauthored, six-volume 'Life of Herbert Hoover' series with this extensive contribution on Hoover's post-presidential years. Recommended." - CHOICE "This monumental treatment of Hoover's years after the White House does justice to his role as the most politically active and influential ex-president since Theodore Roosevelt. It also shows how deeply he pointed the course of the Republican party even now, nearly half a century since his death." - John Milton Cooper, Jr., author of Woodrow Wilson: A Biography and The Warrior and the Priest: Woodrow Wilson and Theodore Roosevelt"Gary Dean Best's comprehensive, beautifully documented account of Herbert Hoover's post-presidential years equals the best of presidential biographies and will prove indispensable for all historians of twentieth-century American political history." - Stephen A. Schuker, William W. Corcoran Professor of History, University of Virginia"Based in large measure upon manuscript sources, Best expertly presents Hoover's post-presidential years from the vantage point of the former president himself. Written in lucid prose, the book is a worthy successor to the thorough work embodied in George Nash's three-volume narrative covering the years 1874-1918." - Justus D. Doenecke, Emeritus Professor of History, New College of Florida"Few Americans have known greater acclaim or more bitter disdain than Herbert Hoover. He achieved unparalleled success as a mining engineer, global humanitarian, and Secretary of Commerce all before his election as President of the United States. The Great Depression left his reputation in shambles, but he refused to fade away. In a remarkable comeback, Herbert Hoover returned to public service to avert global famine and reorganize the executive branch of government. It is the story of that recovery that Gary Dean Best tells so masterfully in the concluding volume of the Life of Herbert Hoover. It is an epic tale of tragedy and triumph." - Tim Walch, Director Emeritus, Herbert Hoover Presidential Library