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The Life of Herbert Hoover: The Engineer, 1874-1914
The Life of Herbert Hoover: The Engineer, 1874-1914
By George H. Nash
Norton, 1983, 768 pp.

The tragedy of Herbert Hoover's presidency at the onset of the Depression has often obscured the fact that his life as a whole is unparalleled in this century for interest and variety. This first volume in a projected full-scale biography follows Hoover from childhood to Stanford, thence to Australia, China, South Africa, London, and wealth and power as a brilliantly efficient mining engineer and developer. His life in those years was synonymous with the opening of the mining frontier on a global scale to fill the needs of the modern industrial economy. An excellent book.