Herbert Hoover

Herbert Hoover

The Postpresidential Years, 1933-1964

Author: Gary Dean Best
ISBN: 978-0-8179-7761-0
Publication Date: 6/27/1983
Pages: 522

Herbert Hoover: The Postpresidential Years describes a hitherto largely neglected period in the life of this controversial public figure, revealing a picture of the man considerably at variance with the image that has been painted by historians. No less than his years as president, Hoover's three decades after he left the White House have been described, when at all, largely in negative terms in historical works. The picture that persists two decades after his death is that of a reactionary out of touch with the times and an embarrassment to his own political party, and of an isolationist who persistently sought to turn the United States from its historic mission in world affairs. For a generation of historians and writers to whom the New Deal was the Holy Grail of U.S. political history or for whom the twentieth century was to be the "American century," only those Republicans who sought to lead the GOP in these approved directions deserved claim to attention or approval. Viewed as consistently outside the approved mainstream in both foreign and domestic policies during these decades, Hoover is presented as an anachronism after he left the White House.

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Gary Dean Best

Gary Dean Best is professor of history at the University of Hawaii at Hilo, where he has taught since 1975. He received a Ph.D. from the University of Hawaii in 1973 and lectured at Sophia University in Tokyo, 1973 to 1974, while under a fellowship from the Committee on American-East Asian Relations of the American Historical Association. He was a Fulbright Scholar in Japan from 1974 to 1975, and held an NEH fellowship for 1982 to 1983.




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