The New Deal: A Modern History

Version: Unabridged
Author: Michael Hiltzik
Narrator: Traber Burns
Genres: Business & Economics, North America, Public Policy
Publisher: Blackstone Audiobooks
Published In: September 2011
# of Units: 16 CDs
Length: 16 hours, 39 minutes
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Overview

New York Times bestselling author and Pulitzer Prize'winning journalist Michael Hiltzik tells the epic story of the New Deal through the outsized personalities of the people who fought for it, opposed it, and benefited from it, rendering vital lessons for our own time.

As America struggles with an economic debacle akin to the Great Depression, nothing could be timelier than an authoritative account of the New Deal, masterfully written by Michael Hiltzik, author of the acclaimed history of the Hoover Dam, Colossus.

In this richly peopled, vividly rendered narrative, Hiltzik describes how the urgent short-term relief measures of Franklin Roosevelt's Hundred Days evolved into a transformative concept of the federal role in American life. Rather than the product of a single ideology, the New Deal emerged from the clash of ideas held by advisors from very different backgrounds. With historical and psychological insight, Hiltzik sheds light on the lives of the gargantuan characters who fought for and against it: Herbert Hoover, whose own administration gave birth to many of the programs that would become part of the New Deal; General Hugh Johnson, the West Pointer whose pugnacious leadership of the National Recovery Administration symbolized the New Deal for millions of Americans; Harry Hopkins, whose closeness to Roosevelt earned him the moniker 'deputy president'; and many other fascinating figures. What emerges is a saga of how FDR managed to recast the federal government into something that still inspires: a unifying structure with the concept of social justice at its heart.

Praise for Colossus: 'In the grand tradition of David McCullough'[Hiltzik] fixes the endeavor in its time and captures the personalities of the people involved.''Wall Street Journal

Author Details

Author Details

Hiltzik, Michael

Michael Hiltzik is a Pulitzer Prize winning journalist and author who has covered business, technology, and public policy forthe "Los Angeles Times" for three decades. He currently serves as the "Times" s business columnist and hosts its business blog, " The Economy Hub". His books include "Big Science", "The New Deal", "Colossus", "Dealers of Lightning", and "The Plot Against Social Security". Mr. Hiltzik received the 1999 Pulitzer Prize for articles exposing corruption in the entertainment industry. He lives in Southern California with his wife and two children. Follow him on Twitter @HiltzikM.