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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (237 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Adam Cohen Narrator: Norman Dietz Publisher: Tantor Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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With the world currently in the grips of a financial crisis unlike anything since the Great Depression, Nothing to Fear could not be timelier. This acclaimed work of history brings to life Franklin Roosevelt’s first hundred days in office, when he and his inner circle launched the New Deal, forever reinventing the role of the federal government. As Cohen reveals, five fiercely intelligent, often clashing personalities presided over this transformation and pushed the president to embrace a bold solution. Nothing to Fear is the definitive portrait of the men and women who engineered the nation’s recovery from the worst economic crisis in American history.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “Cohen’s well-told story belies the cliché about legislation and sausage-making: his narrative is absorbing and enjoyable to read.”

    New York Times Book Review

  • “Adam Cohen’s cogent chronicle of the pell-mell opening months of Franklin Delano Roosevelt’s administration couldn’t be timelier…In a lucid, intelligent narrative as fast-paced as the hectic Hundred Days, Cohen skillfully charts the course of events with just enough detail, building by accretion a portrait of the stop-and-start process by which sweeping change is made.”

    Los Angeles Times

  • “Timely and engaging…Cohen masterfully renders the backgrounds and personalities of Roosevelt’s inner circle…Cohen humanizes the policy process and adds considerable drama to the established storyline.”

    Chicago Tribune

  • “An elucidating, pertinent, and timely work on the makings of government. Ambitious, yet well-focused—a marvelously readable study of an epic moment in American history.”

    Kirkus Reviews (starred review)

  • “An exemplary and remarkably timely narrative of FDR’s famous first ‘Hundred Days’ as president…Cohen’s exhaustively researched and eloquently argued book provides a vital new level of insight into Roosevelt’s sweeping expansion of the federal government’s role in our national life.”

    Publishers Weekly

Listener Opinions

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Anne | 2/18/2014

    " It was really interesting and well written - I found it to be especially relevant given today's political climate and economic problems. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Maria | 2/1/2014

    " This was a fascinating book to listen to. I had no idea that many of the New Deal ideas that I attributed to FDR were in fact ideas championed by his cabinet members. Ideas that they fought to convince FDR would work. I also learned that the first female cabinet member served under FDR. I will need to learn more about Francis Perkins. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Will | 1/11/2014

    " This's a compelling page-turner even though I was left hungry for details about the sausage making and less about the inner circle's individual backgrounds and personalities. I understand many details of the era and its crises. I also learned a few things about myself as a reader; I read this while also perusing "The Well-Educated Mind." "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Julie | 1/2/2014

    " I listened to the audio version of this book. It was interesting reading this in the context of our times today - to see how so many of the innovations of that day remain with us; and how we are trying to replicate some of them now. You also think about the old adage "those who don't learn history are doomed to repeat it" as you see what led up to the Glass Steagall act, so that Americans would have more financial protection. Then 60 years later Clinton moved to have it repealed; Bush and his cronies pushed the envelope further... and look what happened. Another financial collapse! It is scary to see how close our country was to anarchy and again, you wonder similar things in comparison to today. I thought the part about Frances Perkins, first female cabinet member, was exceptionally interesting and I plan to read the recent bio of her for further info. "

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