Nothing to Fear: FDR's Inner Circle and the Hundred Days That Created Modern America

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Nothing to Fear FDR s Inner Circle and the Hundred Days That Created Modern America Nothing to Fear brings to life a fulcrum moment in American history the tense feverish first one hundred days of Franklin Delano Roosevelt s presidency when he and his inner circle completely reinve
  • Title: Nothing to Fear: FDR's Inner Circle and the Hundred Days That Created Modern America
  • Author: Adam Cohen Norman Dietz
  • ISBN: 9781400110414
  • Page: 221
  • Format: Audio CD
  • Nothing to Fear brings to life a fulcrum moment in American history the tense, feverish first one hundred days of Franklin Delano Roosevelt s presidency, when he and his inner circle completely reinvented the role of the federal government When FDR took his oath of office in March 1933, than 10,000 banks had gone under following the Crash of 1929, a quarter of AmericNothing to Fear brings to life a fulcrum moment in American history the tense, feverish first one hundred days of Franklin Delano Roosevelt s presidency, when he and his inner circle completely reinvented the role of the federal government When FDR took his oath of office in March 1933, than 10,000 banks had gone under following the Crash of 1929, a quarter of American workers were unemployed, and riots were breaking out at garbage dumps as people fought over scraps of food Before the hundred days, the federal government was limited in scope and ambition by the end, it had assumed an active responsibility for the welfare of all of its citizens Adam Cohen provides an illuminating group portrait of the five members of FDR s inner circle who, than any others, drove this unprecedented transformation These five men and women frequently pushed FDR to embrace radical programs than he would have otherwise FDR came to the White House with few firm commitments about how to resolve this national crisis as a politician he was pragmatic than ideological and, perhaps surprising given his New Deal legacy, a fiscal conservative by nature Instead, he relied heavily on his advisers and preferred when they had conflicting views so that he could choose the best option among them For this reason, he kept in close confidence both Frances Perkins a feminist before her time and the strongest advocate for social welfare programs and Lewis Douglas, an entrenched budget cutter who frequently clashed with the other members of FDR s progressive inner circle Rather than commit to a single solution or ideology, FDR favored a policy of bold, persistent experimentation As a result, he presided over the most feverish period of government activity in American history, one that gave birth to modern America The political fault lines of this era welfare, government regulation, agriculture policy remain with us today Nothing to Fear is both a riveting narrative account of the personal dynamics that shaped the heady hundred days and a character study of one of America s defining leaders in a moment of crisis.
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    bestpresidentialbios 2016 Nothing to Fear FDR s Inner Circle and the 100 Days that Created Modern America is Adam Cohen s 2009 review of the early days of the Franklin D Roosevelt presidency Cohen is a former lawyer and member of the New York Times editorial board He is currently an editor at The National Book Review.As its title suggests, Nothing to Fear is not a comprehensive biography of Franklin Roosevelt nor is it a thorough examination of his entire New Deal program Instead, it is a narrat [...]

    It might bore some people but I LOVED this inside look at FDR s cabinet It s far about Frances Perkins, Henry Wallace and Harry Hopkins among others than Roosevelt But really you can t understand how we got to modern america without understanding something about this It seems to me this is the beginning of much of what most of us think America stands for.

    Adam Cohen presents a nicely balanced account of Franklin Roosevelt s famous first one hundred days as President, including a little bit prior to his inauguration Nicely balanced in the sense that Cohen does not press a political agenda or judgment either way regarding the New Deal although generally he seems favorable to most aspects of it while also acknowledging its failings as well, the narrative is a consistent mix of policy prescriptions and personal anecdotes, resulting in a flowing narra [...]

    Quando comecei procura de bibliografia sobre o FDR, deparei me com este livro e ponderei a sua imediata leitura Optei, por m, por me iniciar com uma biografia dada a natureza mais espec fica das mat rias aqui tratadas e por a minha curiosidade inicialmente me impelir para a vida de quem acabou por personificar um ideal social e que para muitos encarna a m tica figura de salvador de uma comunidade Em boa hora assim procedi na medida em que as pr vias leituras sobre o FDR e a poca hist rica que ma [...]

    When Franklin Delano Roosevelt came to office in March of 1933, banks, businesses and farms were failing, unemployment stood at 25%, thousands of Americans were going hungry, and an increasing number of citizens were talking of armed rebellion And FDR was promising action and action now but he was a fiscal conservative, and he had only a few untested ideas, experiments he called them, on how to pull the nation out of the Depression.Thankfully, at this very critical time, FDR made some really exc [...]

    As indicated by the subtitle, NOTHING TO FEAR FDR S INNER CIRCLE AND THE HUNDRED DAYS THAT CREATED MODERN AMERICA, this book is heavily biographical, focusing on key members of President Franklin Roosevelt s cabinet and other close advisers who helped cobble together the greatest burst of legislative activity in American history.One standout figure is Frances Perkins, FDR s labor secretary and the first female cabinet member in U.S history It s a shame that, when people speak of the role of wome [...]

    Nothing to Fear by Adam Cohen is a page turning intimate look into the mechanics of the Franklin Delano Roosevelt Administration during its first one hundred days The author tells the story of how Franklin Roosevelt was influenced by his closest aides and confidants who pushed Roosevelt to embrace bold new solutions to pull America out of the most turbulent economic depressions in the country s history Nothing to fear is also an exciting narrative that looks very carefully at the stories of the [...]

    Franklin Delano Roosevelt became the 32nd President of the United States at a time when the United States was experiencing an almost apocalyptic economic crash Undeterred, and even inspired by the disastrous Great Depression, President Roosevelt embarked on a career of economic refinement and total policy overhaul of the United States The results of Roosevelt s work are still evident today through numerous New Deal agencies and programs, and the works of agencies like the Works Progress Administ [...]

    When first seeing the title of this book, it gives a pretty good idea of what Adam Cohen, New York Times editorial page editor and author, was going to be writing about It is a fantastic take on President Franklin Delano Roosevelt s crucial, first 100 days, and in depth analysis of his cabinet members who were unlike any this nation had truly seen before These first 100 days were so important because they were the beginning of a major social change after a rather lame Hoover administration had o [...]

    Twenty Five percent Also, referred to as a quarter or even.25 That s the percentage of American that were unemployed in the year 1934 A staggering truth for a staggering era in the history of America These blatantly catastrophic times in history are discussed by Adam Cohen in his novel, Nothing to Fear FDR s Inner Circle and the Hundred Days that Created Modern America Published in 2009 on January 8th by the Penguin Group, Cohen examines the country in the year 1933 while deliberately discussing [...]

    A book on modern America that boasts about teamwork, not just a president FDR s grand work on the New Deal during his first hundred days would not have been as impressionable and impactful if it was not for his inner circle Adam Cohen delightfully displays the bipartisan comradery that FDR wanted and needed and the push that was given to him from his administration to navigate the first few months through riveting narrative.The title of the book, Nothing to Fear FDR s Inner Circle and The Hundre [...]

    Nothing to Fear is a book written to contain and treasure the history of Franklin D Roosevelt s biography and presidency This book gives us almost every detail about the New Deal and other major reforms that were passed, everything that led up to the day of the inauguration and after Being that this book took place during the Great Depression, you get a sense of how things were back then and how difficult it was to lead a life as an American citizen This book was narrated by Adam Cohen, an Ameri [...]

    Book twenty one of my presidential challenge.Ug, what a disappointment This book was supposed to be a little reward to myself I d been saving FDR for a rainy day The last truly great President on my list, but this book was a failure.Best case scenario Adam Cohen was trying to make Team of Rivals FDR Edition and failed Worst case scenario This was a covert way of him selling and getting me to read a biography of Frances Perkins Who Exactly I would never have picked up a book about Frances Perkins [...]

    In a radio broadcast on July 24th, 1933, Franklin Delano Roosevelt coined the term first 100 days, and forever gave a special meaning to that period of time in a president s term It is incredibly fitting ever since there has never been a president nor Congress that has been able to make as many ambitious and important pieces of legislation as FDR s had By June 12th, 1933, the 101st day of the Roosevelt presidency, FDR and Congress had passed fifteen major and later memorable pieces of legislatio [...]

    The first 100 days of Franklin Delano Roosevelt s presidency are what leaders are made of Out with the old and in with the new FDR brought back confidence to the American people by backing up banking from the federal reserves, implemented labor laws, establishing unemployment and Social Security as an insurance by boosting morale for many Americans It takes a keen ear to build up good leadership to listen Herbert Hoover was from a different era and didn t knew how to change Roosevelt was from th [...]

    Finally finished this oneWhile it was informative of FDR and his inner circle the 100 days that created everything from relief programs for the jobless, Fair Labor Standards Act to Social SecurityBut I almost think this guy wrote this book just to have a 3 or 4 page rant that ended the book abruptly, consisting of 1 How the Reagan administration called for starving the beast of relief to the poor.2 How Gingrich oversaw the end to cash assistance to poor children in 19943 How under Clinton the Gl [...]

    I listened to the audio version of this book It was interesting reading this in the context of our times today to see how so many of the innovations of that day remain with us and how we are trying to replicate some of them now You also think about the old adage those who don t learn history are doomed to repeat it as you see what led up to the Glass Steagall act, so that Americans would have financial protection Then 60 years later Clinton moved to have it repealed Bush and his cronies pushed [...]

    Critics agree that by focusing on five aides to the president, Nothing to Fear provides a new and interesting perspective on an epochal period in American politics Cohen gears his writing to the lay reader, sparing the heavy policy analysis and producing a narrative both enjoyable and compelling While the New York Times Book Review notes that focusing only on FDR s first 100 days might yield a misleading impression of the New Deal and that Cohen s framework

    Highly informative and digestible rendition of FDR s first several months in office, with the narrative sprawling out a bit on either side to give context to why the New Deal was such a bipartisan throw of the dice and how certain programs succeeded and failed.There are quite a few charismatic figures documented here that I had previously known little about, namely Henry Wallace and Frances Perkins, who probably had the toughest job of anybody in the Administration and executed it admirably I wi [...]

    History Is Repetitious Excellent read on that first hundred days of the Roosevelt Administration to tackle damage done by banks and rising inequalityStory presented a pretty balanced weighing in on the pros and cons of the solutions and great insights into the views of its main legislators I see now why the consumer safeguards were relaxed but also why they shouldn t have been

    Great book filled with interesting details of the first days of his presidency It just shows what a intelligent president can do in a few months unlike others.

    This book was hard to rate for me because there were things I did not like, but yet, I learned so much from this book, I felt I had to give it a higher rating.Cohen starts the book out on the morning of Roosevelt s inauguration He introduces some of the key players in Roosevelt s Brain Trust But then, for about 1 3 or so of the book, he flip flops back and forth between Hoover days and present day inauguration This left the book choppy at the beginning However, after the first couple chapters, C [...]

    Nothing to Fear is a good anthology of the backgrounds of the first generation New Dealers and a primer for the alphabet soup of New Deal agencies Unfortunately, it is not very deep Think of each chapter as elongated articles on cabinet officials Adam Cohen gives his subjects backgrounds an equal sometimes greater amount of space as discussion of the New Deal programs themselves I think this is than a little imbalanced An example Frances Perkins s work for New York state should be referenced to [...]

    I really enjoyed this book In depth look into what FDr was trying to do and that the did not fear listening to everyone s opinion.

    I assume that Cohen wrote this book as an attempted kick in the shorts for Obama, after winning in 2008, and that Cohen has progressive tendencies He seems to be blind the reality of contemporary politics, as the discourse is heading AWAY from the new deal, these policies have been in constant attack with a full on assault since Reagan, with NO effective push from the progressive end Cohen talks as if new deal policies still rule the framing of discussion, when, in actuality, it s the neoliberal [...]

    Nothing to Fear is an inside look at the first Hundred Days of the New Deal and the individuals in FDR s Inner Circle that made it possible They included Lewis Douglas, Frances Perkins the first woman Cabinet member , Harry Hopkins, Henry Wallace, and Raymond Moley Each of them brought something to the table and would play a vital role in the transformation of America at the time.I did like many of the details included about the first Hundred Days itself in the book but felt that it was often to [...]

    Adam Cohen, the author of Nothing to Fear FDR s Inner Circle and the First Hundred Days that Created Modern America, reads like a suspense novel in parts Roosevelt swept into office in a landslide with the highest hopes of any president since George Washington, and he managed to pull together a team of people who were able to put programs in place that Americans are still benefitting from Recently, contemporary conservatives have tried to downplay or outright deny the impact of Roosevelt s progr [...]

    I have read a lot of books about FDR, what can I say the man fascinates me This book spoke of things that both critics and worshipers have forgotten Warning Political Soap Box FDR was a thrifty spender He cut every department budget by a least a fourth, balanced budget, spending only for public good, created Social Security out of tax SS would still be solvent had not been for Congress Presidents borrowing from it and he believed that every person should have the pleasure of earning the money He [...]

    A thorough portrait of the people behind FDR who pushed this country into a new era of government Frances Perkins was the first female cabinet member and served through the entire FDR administration She is given a large portion of the text, her career fighting for workers rights and against child labor was a revelation The beauty of this piece is the thorough treament of each part of legislation in FDR s first 100 days The reader is shown the history of the ideas many of which were career long p [...]

    Mr Cohen s well documented history of President Franklin D Roosevelt s first 100 days in office is a fantastic read With assistance from FDR s selected advisors many of the relief programs of the New Deal made their way through the house and senate to become laws that dramatically changed Americans and American government Not only did this first hundred days of New Deal legislation provide much needed relief to unemployed and displaced citizens, it helped boost the near catatonic economy The imp [...]

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