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The New Deal: A Modern History
 
 
Author
Michael Hiltzik.
Publisher Free Press  
Format hardcover
Product Dimensions 9.5 x 6.5 x 1.4 inches
ISBN 9781439154489
Pages/Publication Date 497/2011
Daedalus Item Code 21173
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Franklin Roosevelt's New Deal began as a program of short-term emergency relief measures and evolved into a transformative concept of the federal government's role in Americans' lives. More than an economic recovery plan, it was a reordering of the political system that continues to define America to this day. Pulitzer Prize–winning journalist Michael Hiltzik offers fresh insights into the political alchemy that allowed FDR to mold his multifaceted and contentious inner circle into a formidable team. Hiltzik reveals that from first to last the New Deal was a work in progress, a patchwork of often contradictory ideas. Far from reflecting solely progressive principles, the New Deal also accommodated such conservative goals as a balanced budget and the suspension of antitrust enforcement. Some programs that became part of the New Deal were borrowed from the Republican administration of Herbert Hoover; indeed, some of its most successful elements were enacted over FDR's opposition.

"Hiltzik gives a thrilling sense of the sweaty, seamy personal side of politics ... the extent to which the various provisions of the New Deal were a non-ideological improvisation, hectic, driven, often fizzling and failing. Yet the big picture effects were swift and direct: 11.5 million people were unemployed in 1932; 6.2 million at the end of 1938. Pertinent, timely."—LATimes

"Makes fascinating reading for a nation facing many of the same problems it confronted, and conquered, 80 years ago."—Philadelphia Inquirer

 
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