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4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 4.00 (403 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Burton Folsom Narrator: Alan Sklar Publisher: Tantor Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: June 2009 ISBN:
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In this shocking and groundbreaking new book, economic historian Burton Folsom, Jr., exposes the idyllic legend of Franklin D. Roosevelt as a myth of epic proportions. With questionable moral character and a vendetta against the business elite, Roosevelt created New Deal programs marked by inconsistent planning, wasteful spending, and opportunity for political gain---ultimately elevating public opinion of his administration but falling flat in achieving the economic revitalization that America so desperately needed from the Great Depression. Folsom takes a critical, revisionist look at Roosevelt's presidency, his economic policies, and his personal life. Elected in 1932 on a buoyant tide of promises to balance the increasingly uncontrollable national budget and reduce the catastrophic unemployment rate, the charismatic thirty-second president not only neglected to pursue those goals, he made dramatic changes to federal programming that directly contradicted his campaign promises. Price fixing, court packing, regressive taxes, and patronism were all hidden inside the alphabet soup of his popular New Deal, putting a financial strain on the already suffering lower classes and discouraging the upper classes from taking business risks that potentially could have jostled national cash flow from dormancy. Many government programs that are widely used today have their seeds in the New Deal. Farm subsidies, minimum wage, and welfare, among others, all stifle economic growth---encouraging decreased productivity and exacerbating unemployment. Roosevelt's imperious approach to the presidency changed American politics forever, and as he manipulated public opinion, American citizens became unwitting accomplices to the stilted economic growth of the 1930s. More than sixty years after FDR died in office, we still struggle with the damaging repercussions of his legacy. Download and start listening now!

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  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jpavalock | 2/7/2014

    " History class just didn't go into detail about how destructive the Roosevelt administration really was. We learn dates, and about the war, but not much about the destructive and unconstitutional policies of the 1930's and just how they prolonged the depression. Then they all say it was the war that brought us out, but actually Congress cut taxes and regulations to unleash the American spirit and look at the boom that followed! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Bonnie | 1/23/2014

    " This book is fascinating. It made me so angry, and a lot of the stuff I knew in principle, but it was interesting to read the details, and I learned so much! This should be required reading--it really explains how we got from the founding fathers to the huge government we have know. This is definitely worth reading. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Pam | 1/18/2014

    " Extremely well written and takes a critical look at the long term affects of over regulation and the unprecedented power grab. A must read regardless of your political angle. Eye opener. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Dillon | 1/12/2014

    " misleading, inaccurate use of statistics and lack of detail in his citations. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Boris | 1/5/2014

    " This book along with others demolishes perhaps the greatest myth of our age, that Franklin Roosevelt saved the United States from the Great Depression. The truth is that his misbegotten policies intensified and extended it for through the beginning of World War II. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Ben | 1/1/2014

    " All I can say is "wow." The book takes a critical but scholarly look at the FDR presidency. Dr. Folsom is very thorough about documenting sources, etc., so you can check his facts as you would with any well-drafted scholarly work. Most of the information in this book was new to me. In some sense, it left me enraged, but it also gave me hope that if we can get through the mess of the New Deal we can get through just about anything. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Christina | 12/24/2013

    " An eye opening book of what really happened during FDR's time as President. It shows that even though our history books praise him as President his policies might not have been that great for our country. It is also an easy read for a book about politics. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Marcus Lynn | 12/18/2013

    " Folsom provides the necessary evidence to show that FDR's policies nor his ethics were all that they were made out to be. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Molly | 12/18/2013

    " I learned a lot from reading this book and it was a well researched expose (if I can call it that) on how this "icon" of the depression era really messed up our country when he had the ability to ease folks' hardships. There were some tedious parts of the book but perhaps students of history would not mind those sections. I liken the process of how a man like FDR could rise to power without the citizens really knowing what he was TRULY doing to that of the rise of Hitler and how the Germans were fooled by his charisma also. This is a must read book for any who want to know why our current president is getting away with taking our country backwards into a progressive, Statist anti American path. The only difference between the 2 men--one actually liked this country. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Karen | 12/1/2013

    " ABSOLUTE MUST READ! Get straight on what is happening today as a result of how the framework was established during the New Deal. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 David | 11/21/2013

    " First read up on how FDR was such a great president and then read this side of the story. The two sides of FDR and his legacy. Best book I have ever read. Well almost... not quite done yet. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Ashley Barnes | 10/18/2013

    " This was such a great book. Very honest and insightful, really an eye opener. FDR was such a crooked man and he really helped change the course of our nation and paved the way for people like Obama to try to take over our country. I learned so much from reading this book. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Valerie | 9/26/2013

    " They sure don't teach you this in school.A must read for anyone intrested in American history and the truth. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Toni | 9/8/2013

    " Now I know where today's problems originated. FDR was the single handly responsible. A FDR wanna be is in the White House now. A must read for anyone who wants to understand when the entitlement mentality began. Really good book. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Kit | 2/3/2013

    " Riveting! FDR is the father of Modern Political Corruption. This book details FDR's use of tax-payer funds to buy, cheat, and blackmail his way into more and more power. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Eric | 5/28/2012

    " A tremendously insightful book into the FDR administration and the New Deal. Illuminating many facts that contradict the oft taught legacy of FDR and his New Deal. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Mark Lambert | 5/15/2011

    " Another must-read like While Europe Slept How Radical Islam is Destroying the West from Within that draws parallels between the Great Depression and modern economic policies. It is highly critical of not only FDR, but his republican predecessor, Hoover. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Susan | 4/14/2011

    " Very informative. On some points beyond my comprehension. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Dixie Cline | 4/4/2010

    " Great informative book. Certainly learned a lot about that era that would never be taught in schools. Now knowing this, I can see our current president has taken a lot of moves from FDR's playbook. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Lori | 1/8/2010

    " The Myth of FDR still lives and history is repeating itself. We should all know the facts of how FDR's policies destroyed prosperity and undermined our Republic. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Joe Robertson | 12/14/2009

    " It's a great read. Very eyeopening. The last two chapters are great and summarize everything in a nutshell. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Stephen | 12/1/2009

    " Interesting look at FDR's legacy "

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