This is an excellent survey of FDR's damaging actions, and how they ended up extending the Great Depression. It is very relevant to what is going on today. Some of FDR's actions seemed well intentioned, and some were deviously politically motivated. This book reviews taxes to price fixing to union policy to his supreme court packing schemes. An excellent analysis that counters the conventional liberal wisdom that FDR was a great president.
Very good description of what actions were actually taken by FDR and how they contradicted each other and transferred wealth from poor to rich by social security, agricultural subsidies, the destruction of jobs, food and cotton for which people were taxed who needed jobs, food and clothing.
Certainly also very relevant for the current situation as the belief in control, force, threat and war by politicians again reigns supreme.
Putting books on the back burner.
Over the years I've learned a lot about the Great Depression, but I never read anything about FDR's bloopers and how he caused the economic fall. In our textbooks, the former President is a great man with a disability and Commander of Chief during WWII and the attack on Pearl Harbor, but he started the downhill spiral of the country.
FDR ran the country like he was the Godfather of the mafia.
Taxes, more regulations and programs like Social Security were some of his doings. Although these actions were good at the time, the country started the debt deficit in America because it wasn't well run by our president.
We cannot blame FDR because all presidents have their mistakes.
Just look at GWB and his eight years of follies and you will have volumes of books of the aftermath of his mistakes.
I was surprised by many of the similarities between current politics and the efforts of the New Deal policies. This book provided a great deal of insight into New Deal and the players involved. It was informative enough for me to listen a second time. The narration was very good.
Mr. Powell does a masterful work disassembling the lefts idol worship of FDR which usually results in fawning ritualistic undulations of pure orgasm over his accomplishments. This communists/statist former president has destroyed untold millions of lives by his policies that still haunt us to this very day. There is a special place in hell for Mr. FDR and it's about time those of us who know better said so. I am sure he and "uncle Joe" are having a good time now...NOT
This book presents a critical view of the economic policies of this remarkable president. FDR is remembered best for his role as an inspirational war leader, and for his tragic death at the gates of victory. However, the author presents a strong critique of FDR's policies for dealing with the Great Depression. Hopefully it has been read and carefully studied by the advisers of President Obama
Just finished this book today and it is a must listen during these troubled economic times. The author provides an excellent review of the major New Deal legislation, policies, and players and the effect that these had on the nation's economy. Definitely worth listening to; I'm going to get the print version!
The similarities between what Obama and his administration is doing and FDR did in the 30's is scary. It is such a shame that the true results of poor governmental decisions are archived and forgotten instead of studied and avoided in the future
History was kind to FDR, but the truth is not.
Mostly non-fiction: biographies, history, science, etc.
This is a fascinating and detail account taking apart FDR's New Deal and exposing it weaknesses. Some things I learned here new to me were that unit banking laws in American versus the branch banking laws in Canada (more like current laws) may have been one reason why the Depression was longer and worse in the U.S. than right across the border in Canada. Also, the Depression was much longer than I knew: 17% average unemployment for most of a decaded with no year below 14% during that time. The book makes a compelling case that the U.S. emerged from the Great Depression in spite of FDR's policies, not because of them.
Very informative book that will really bring truth to how FDR handled the Great Depression. The only problem I have with the book is the dubbing for the narrator. Just when you get settled into the cadence, rhythm and tone of Mr. Hughes' voice, it sounds as if every once in a while someone else is narrating the book. I don't know if it's bad dubbing when correcting any errors or if it's another man that sounds similar to Mr. Hughes, but it is noticeable and it catches you off guard every now and again. That is why I rated this book at only 3 stars instead of 4.