Nothing to Fear by Adam Cohen audiobook

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

By Adam Cohen
Read by Norman Dietz

Tantor Audio

Unabridged

Format : Library CD (In Stock)
  • ISBN: 9798200126132

  • ISBN: 9798200126125

  • ISBN: 9798200126149

Runtime: 14.18 Hours
Category: Nonfiction/Biography
Audience: Adult
Language: English

Summary

Summary

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, more 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, more than any others, drove this unprecedented transformation. These five men and women frequently pushed FDR to embrace more 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 more 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.

Editorial Reviews

Editorial Reviews

Cohen humanizes the policy process and adds considerable drama to the established storyline. Chicago Tribune
“Cohen’s well-told story belies the cliché about legislation and sausage-making: his narrative is absorbing and enjoyable to read.” New York Times Book Review
“Adam Cohen’s cogent chronicle of the pell-mell opening months of Franklin Delano Roosevelt’s administration couldn’t be timelier…In a lucid, intelligent narrative as fast-paced as the hectic Hundred Days, Cohen skillfully charts the course of events with just enough detail, building by accretion a portrait of the stop-and-start process by which sweeping change is made.” Los Angeles Times
“Timely and engaging…Cohen masterfully renders the backgrounds and personalities of Roosevelt’s inner circle…Cohen humanizes the policy process and adds considerable drama to the established storyline.” Chicago Tribune
“An elucidating, pertinent, and timely work on the makings of government. Ambitious, yet well-focused—a marvelously readable study of an epic moment in American history.” Kirkus Reviews (starred review)
“An exemplary and remarkably timely narrative of FDR’s famous first ‘Hundred Days’ as president…Cohen’s exhaustively researched and eloquently argued book provides a vital new level of insight into Roosevelt’s sweeping expansion of the federal government’s role in our national life.” Publishers Weekly

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Author

Author Bio: Adam Cohen

Author Bio: Adam Cohen

Adam Cohen, former Time senior writer and former member of the New York Times editorial board, is an author of several books, including Imbeciles: The Supreme Court, American Eugenics, and the Sterilization of Carrie Buck; Nothing to Fear: FDR’s Inner Circle and the Hundred Days That Created Modern America; and American Pharaoh: Mayor Richard J. Daley, His Battle for Chicago and the Nation. A graduate of Harvard Law School, he was president of volume 100 of the Harvard Law Review. He teaches at Yale Law School.

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Available Formats : CD, Library CD, MP3 CD
Category: Nonfiction/Biography
Runtime: 14.18
Audience: Adult
Language: English