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The Life Of Herbert Hoover: The Humanitarian, 1914-1917
The Life Of Herbert Hoover: The Humanitarian, 1914-1917
By George H. Nash
Norton, 1988, 497 pp.

The second volume of this major biography (Volume I was published in 1983) concentrates, in almost numbing detail, on the 30-month period when Hoover organized and directed the relief of the population of Belgium, under German occupation and threatened with starvation. Hoover's political and administrative skills in this enormous task, combined with brilliant publicity which he knew how to garner, gave him the national and international reputation which led eventually to the American presidency.