FDR's Folly: How Roosevelt and His New Deal Prolonged the Great Depression
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Book ISBN: 9781400054770
Author(s): Jim Powell
Document type: Trade Paper
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The Truth About "The New Deal"
At last, a popular book presenting the unquestionable evidence that FDR actually deepened the Great Depression, thus leaving his partisans without excuses for his wealth redistribution and socialist policies. Very enlightening. I am sure that those people who've reviewed it and said things like "right wing propaganda" haven't read it. Essentially what we have now is evidence versus popular myth. It's no longer sufficient to praise FDR's neo-fascist policies just because his face is on a coin and the fact that grade school teachers teach that he won World War II by himself.
Stephen Hancock (Amazon.com)
This book is worth a look for anyone who is interested in economics. It proves that humans are not perfect and therefore we should follow the constitution closer to prevent economic failure in the future. If we do not realize that power of federalist can cause problems, then we are willing to cause the whole nation to sink under a few political ideas.
Karl D. Beard (Amazon.com)
A challenge to the deification of FDR
"FDR's Folly" is essentially a conservative's talking point guide to refuting any alleged "success" of FDR's New Deal policies of the Great Depression. The structure Powell uses to direct the reader along its points was very effective--each chapter title is a question that is then answered in the body of the text.
This is a relatively short book, but contains an enormous amount of statistics and factoids. While I agree in principle that many of the issues raised by the author, I hesitate in a full 5-star rating due to the extreme anti-FDR/Liberal slant. By this I mean that the author finds essentially no 'positives' from any of what was done. Although in the aggregate the New Deal policies were not efficient in allowing the free market to adjust to the economic downturn of the Depression, I think the author should've acknowledged some of the positives that have come out of that era to add some balance to his arguments. Overall, however, it is a very informative read that I still recommend to anyone wishing to understand the mechanics of the New Deal in greater detail.
Wan Kim (Amazon.com)
The Raw Deal
If recent event's hadn't made the New Deal such a deadly serious topic, I would have suggested that Jim Powell's book should have been titled "the FDR Follies." The book addresses the depressingly perverse effects of Roosevelt's policies with understated good humor. But with the current government doing its best to resurrect every wrong-headed appeal of the New Deal, one can only hope that people will give the most serious attention to the economic history of the Great Depression.
FDR's Folly: How Roosevelt and His New Deal Prolonged the Great Depression has been derided as revisionist history. It is not. In fact, Powell's generation grew up with no serious history of the Great Depression. We were presented only with the most callow hagiography of Roosevelt and his cronies.
Powell's book is essentially free of invective and personal judgement. The book simply describes the planning, implementation, and outcomes of the major New Deal economic policies. It is left to the reader to conclude that FDR's administration was well-meaning, but tripped up by the same arrogant mindset that infected Roosevelt's European contemporaries.
A. Marchant (Amazon.com)
Right Wing Propaganda
That's all it is. It has become fashionable among the ditto heads and fox news fans to hammer home the idea that the New Deal was harmful to America. This is their sole mission. They want nothing more than the elimination of all social programs, including social security. The campaign is similar to the disinformation campaign pushed by the so-called "Intelligent Design" lobby. Repeat the lie often enough and eventually people begin to believe it.
This is propaganda. Save your money.
Lone Centrist (Amazon.com)
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