In the minds of historians and the American public alike, Franklin Delano Roosevelt was one of our greatest presidents, not least because he supposedly saved America from the Great Depression. But as historian Jim Powell reveals in this groundbreaking book, Roosevelt's New Deal policies actually prolonged and exacerbated the economic disaster, swelled the federal government, and prevented the country from turning around quickly.
In today's turbulent domestic and global environment, eerily similar to that of the 1930s, it's more important than ever before to uncover and understand the truth of our history, lest we be doomed to repeat it. You'll never look at FDR in the same way again.
©2003 Jim Powell; (P)2008 Blackstone Audio, Inc.
"Very readable, factual, and insightful - and endorsed by two Nobel Prize-winning economists." (Thomas Sowell, Senior Fellow, Hoover Institution, Stanford University)
This book points out what FDR's Administration did during the "New Deal" period. What it really does is act as a road map for what NOT to do for today's economic problems. It was an eye-opening read.
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.
I read nothing that is popular.
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.
I found this book to be eerily familiar with the tactics of Mr. Obama and his Administration. Scares me to death and is becoming very apparent to even the most uninformed Americans. Excellent Book. My Mother was a huge fan of FDR and I never quite got the facts from school or my parents. It is refreshing to know the truth and that their errors in judgment are really what lead to the Depression. Here we go again America.
Great summary of FDR's damaging tenure. Because he is the standard-bearer for today's Left, this book serves as a concise reference for refuting the mistaken policies of our time. A terrific contribution to those who espouse a free society.
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.
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