In This Review
An Uncommon Man: The Triumph of Herbert Hoover

An Uncommon Man: The Triumph of Herbert Hoover

By Richard Norton Smith

Simon & Schuster, 1984, 448 pp.

This outstanding biography captures the wry sense of humor and ironic self-awareness which carried Herbert Hoover through the ordeal of the presidency during the Depression, on to three more decades of hard work and public service, and to eventual acclaim as "counselor to the Republic." The chapter on the relationship between Hoover and President Truman is especially interesting.