In This Review

The Presidency of Herbert C. Hoover
The Presidency of Herbert C. Hoover
By Martin L. Fausold
University Press of Kansas, 1985, 304 pp

Fausold gives full credit to Hoover's intelligence, energy and self-discipline while concluding that his reputation as a failure is not wholly undeserved. Although no one could have prevented or prevailed over the Depression, Hoover's rigid concept of "ordered freedom" kept him from reacting to the crisis more imaginatively.