This list is based on press releases, news stories, emails from publishers and authors, emails/comments I receive and tentative publication dates provided by booksellers. no one had any idea of the dimensions of the task. >> this week on q&a, presidential historian richard norton smith discusses his book, an uncommon man, the triumph of herbert hoover. there was no government agency. he was carrying that deadweight. sort of quasi-james madison comes to mind. there was only herbert hoover. his sole job every day was to blacken the reputation of the president, to drive home in voters' minds the fact that this man was heartless, this man was responsible for the great depression, et cetera, et cetera, et cetera. they were both in versailles. anti-catholic bias that existed in the deep south. the first airfield in washing n washington, where the pentagon is, he took, oh, man. but any event, he loved stanford. and it's funny, hoover who loved cards and was a mean canasta player in his later years permanently lost his taste for bridge. i think it's safe to say hoover believed that fdr was deliberately avoiding having any responsibility in the hopes that if things did go to hell, that he would then receive the credit, and in many ways that's exactly what happened. the federal radio commission. and harding was oppressed by something and he couldn't get it off his chest. belgium stamped him for bet r or worse and the other remark bable thing and billing on what we said earlier, it was all voluntary. his success. that's the most obvious physical legacy. the united states came out of world war i for the first time in its history a creditor nation. until george w. bush wrote about his dad, hoover was the only american president to write a book about another american president. he wanted people to stand at his grave and look off at the little house where he was born and draw the conclusion that he had drawn that what set america apart was, the fact that the circumstances of your birth in no way limited the potential of your life. >> it's 1984 when you wrote this book -- or when it was published. which told you more about them than west branch. he got them to agree to undertake an increase in their commitments and wages were -- you want to talk to henry ford. he knew he didn't have the political gift, but that's the other lesson of the hoover presidency. and i thought immediately, what a wonderful job. he had -- you know, he knew enough about politics to know that in 1920, it was a republican year. but more than that, radio. he talked to democrats about 1920. it's a wonderful letter from young franklin roosevelt to a friend who had urged hoover's virtues. hoover, again, a cosmopolitan figure who didn't mind taking a drink, but who was sworn, unlike warren harding, to enforce the law. it was no accident that his name was put on it because he as. he was that kind of -- you know, in the 1920s, the closest thing to a modern parallel would be colin powell, say, in the 1990s. and i think there are a lot of economists who would -- if they're honest, respond the same way. they said, if it was left to him, he would choose herbert hoover and he talked to some democrats in 1920. he was a republican. and wallace, from the left of center, perspective, was projecting in effect the goals and am birgss of the generation that was fighting world war ii. you remember vice president henry wallace, who was the second of fdr's vice presidents, gave a famous speech in 1942, maybe '43, about the common man. i had done this book on tom dewey, who in some ways is the ultimate overlooked historical figure. he ran other businesses so he had this entrepreneurial streak in him. and one thing economists know is that wages failed to keep pace with prices. he said, you can't make a teddy roosevelt out of me. depressions were all about deflation. who had this nickname, the master of emergencies. but you had the system where american banks were loaning money to germany which then used the money to pay off the reparations to -- anyway, in addition, domestically, you had a rotten banking system. >> he won big. much of it voluntarily raised. he made one wish known, and that was that nothing ever been planted or built that would interfere with the view. it was a fascinating, and what it is and wilson that clearly appeals to hoover, it's useful to know in terms of predicting many of the problems that hoover would u eck appearance in the white house. we'll hear from a professor from the university of notre dame about how al smith and john. and this is not to excuse hoover. remember, that was the famous smoke-filled room convention where senatorial cabal, according to legend met, and by process of elimination came up with warren harding. when we go to war, we want an uncommon uncommonly able general. someone stereo typed and written off, who turned out to have a vastly more interesting and consequential life. >> thank you for helping us with our series on presidents. and plus, i think coolidge sensed hoover's ambition and yet it's interesting, when the mississippi overflowed, to this day by some amazement, it covered thousands and thousands of square miles in the south. his mother, holder hoover, was a, they were both quakers, which meant she was an equal presence in the church, in the community, in the home. >> gosh, i was in d.c. i had published a big biography of thomas duey that i had spent a year researching. Uploaded by one reason why al smith is held in, i think, higher regard than most unsuccessful candidates is there's a real sense that smith started something. homes, all of those homes that he built, but lots of them were bought on credit. and at the same time, you had millions of people who were in effect, overcommitted. maybe politically a convert to keens' economics. but people can get exhausted and be vulnerable to heart attacks because of profound disappointment. studiy eiey eied gee ol ji and engineering. hoover, again, cosmo poll tin figure who didn't mind taking a drink but who was sworn to enforce the law. and he was not terribly impressed with wealth. you had wall street speculation, rank, overheated, baseless -- lots of people buying stock on margin, which is to say, in effect, they were borrowing funds. every weekend on c-span3, explore our nation's past. you're watching american history tv. the suburbs did not rise up and embrace that. >> weeknights this month on, american history tv, it's "the contenders," our series that looks at 14 presidential candidates who lost the election but who had a lasting effect on u.s. politics. Richard Norton Smith is a nationally recognized authority on the American presidency and a familiar face to viewers of C-SPAN, as well as The NewsHour with Jim Lehrer, where he appears regularly as part of the show’s round table of historians. in many ways hoover was a logical sequel. whale steak. >> now on american history tv, a look at challenges faced by catholic politicians. and so i did it reverse. Read entire article at ... How 2020 Will Go Down in the History Books, According to Historians so when you talk about an agricultural depression, nearly half the country was depressed, long before wall street, collapsed. because he, as secretary of commerce, negotiated the compact with seven states, rocky mountain states, over the water. and hoover talked to some democrats in 1920. but he decided, he was an old -- he was a bull moose republican. you go to west bridge. but there's another factor that tends to get overlooked. >> every saturday at 8:00 p.m. eastern on american history tv on cspan3, go inside a different college classroom and hear about topics ranging from the american revolution, civil rights, and u.s. presidents, to 9/11. and he did rub a lot of feathers, because he used -- well, he created something out of what was there. they learned that the hard way. his problem with the party throughout the '20s and throughout his presidency was from the right wing that never really trusted him and one of the more isolationists too. this man who had -- i don't think -- more modestly jimmy carter between '76 and '80. >> what were the circumstances in 1932? i think by 1932, there are a lot of people, including the regional supporters of prohibition, that concluded that this experiment had not worked and that in many ways it had backfired. it worked. in fact, there's a famous incident in '35, '36 when fdr, meets professor keens. measures that are still being debated, still subject of controversy, he dispatched douglas mcarthur of all people, not to cross the bridge over and set fire to the veterans camp. who don't have, in their dna, whatever that political gene is that enables a lyndon johnson, in the most extreme example, to thrive. there was one group, i think they were the kansas club of new york, who were going to build a clubhouse and instead building themselves a clubhouse, they gave hoover the $500,000 they had raised and that was repeated over and over again. "an uncommon man: the triumph of herbert hoover." that was the only one on the best seller list, but it's a fascinating -- and what is in wilson that clearly appeals to hoover, it's useful to know in terms of predicting many of the problems that hoover would experience in the white house. tv QA Richard Norton Smith CSPAN October 13, 2020 1:25pm-2:25pm EDT . secretary of commerce associate negotiated a exact with seven states, rocky mountain states, over the water of the colorado river that they were all fighting over. i wrote the book and then became director of the library. and yet, it's interesting. >> he ran again. in fact, to go back to warren harding's administration, as secretary of commerce, there was a severe recession right after world war i, and it was hoover who was, in effect, delegated with the responsibility. a number of reasons for that. hoover was not very diplomatic by nature. Richard Norton Smith (born 1953), U.S. Presidential historian; Richard Sharp Smith (1852–1924), English then American architect; Richard Smith (merchant) (1707–1776), English merchant in the West Indies trade; Richard Smith (settler) (1596–1666), one of earliest settlers of Rhode Island i had no political agenda. that he was somehow really british. q&a programs are available as c-span podcasts. but hoover was not interested in being a sacrificial lamb that year. the last republican to do so. he, himself, went to congress and asked for $150 million, which was more than any president before him. the advances in society were brought about not by common, but by uncommon individuals and then with hoover wit, he said i've never met an american parent who is proud to have their son or daughter called common. he was very cordial, but it was clear that fdr wasn't intellectually a convert. so when you talk about agricultural depression, nearly half the country was depressed long before wall street collapsed. just the roof was falling in. he's the most improbable politician. Well, actually, go back 200 years. Last updated February 6, 2021. by Richard Norton Smith ‧ RELEASE DATE: Feb. 15, 1993 An absorbing look at the first American presidency, in which Washington emerges not as the familiar George Stuart icon but as a fallible human being—one whose personal qualities nonetheless made him … and it's true, it was an international phenomenon. it seems to me it applied to hoover more than anyone else. he retains hoover. no one would be better than hes herbert hoover as a democratic nominee. there are instances where congress will pass something knowing the president will veto it so they don't have to take the heat. and he is -- it's all voluntary. the difference is hoover was once asked if he got excited, if he found it exciting, speaking on the radio. he tried to make a virtue out of it. the problem with that, there's two problems with that. he got enough votes to really wound johnson and make sure that johnson would not be nominated, but not enough votes to impress the professionals. >> it's 1984 when you wrote this book or when it was published. >> what would you say was the most significant -- and we only have a minute and a half -- the most significant thing that hoover did that is still in this country to this day? i can't answer that. so you had this gap which grew and at the same time you had millions of people who were in effect overcommitted. that is exactly what the person people wanted to hear after four years in which it was felt that nothing had been tried. again, the idea was, the american people would grow more, save more, and together they would basically feed their allies across the sea. whale steak was adapted to some, though not many diets. hoover believed it was the. In December, we were deprived of a quintessential New Yorker, one whose career, values and vision embodied our imperiled vital center. president and formal representative to britain, the middle east, soviet union and china. it confirmed him in his faith. they were the mirror side of his weaknesses. of course there was this understandable groundswell demanding and early payment of the bonus. you had wall street speculation, rank, overheated, baseless. it's over where the pentagon is now. he tried to make a virtue out of it. Richard Rothstein Richard Norton Smith Brent Staples. never played bridge again after harding died, because that trip had worn out his tolerance for the game, but also because of the tragic consequences of the trip. TV Archive he wrote a book called the ordeal of woodrow wilson, which was very sympathetic and a best seller. and hoover could have closed the banks. i came back to d.c. and was writing on a consultant basis for bob dole for whom i had work earlier. he said if you tell them what you need, they'll give you the shirt off their backs. Richard Norton Smith’s Vision Series lecture is Monday, Feb. 24, at 7:15 p.m. at the Founders Hall Auditorium at George Mason’s Arlington Campus; a reception follows. the dislocations brought about by the war. in fact, to go back to warren harding's administration, as secretary of commerce, there was a severe recession right after world war i and it was hoover who was in fact delegated with the responsibility and what he did was, among other things, greatly increased public work spending. for what we might call ameritocr a acy. he was in the original class. George Will, Martha Raddatz, Donna Brazile, Newt Gingrich, Chris Dodd and Richard Norton Smith. and later on, years later. there were banks that were speculating on the stock market. fdr who is not only a born politician, but a natural pragmatist. some of it provided by waring governments. Something is missing in our civic culture. Audio clips … they were living, in effect, paycheck to paycheck. so, anyway, he allowed his name to be entered in the california primary against johnson, a senator who was a military isolationist. there was campaign by a pig. not only did he dedicate it, but he used his speech to single out people in the audience who had been crooks in the harding administration. >> how did the great depression come about? there was a slump. hoover always said the test of democracy was that it was organized from the bottom up. On Monday, presidential historian Richard Norton Smith pondered this question at a Seminars at Steamboat lecture. This material may be protected by copyright law (Title 17 U.S. Code). in the end, it was a four year effort that cost over a billion dollars. on October 13, 2020, captioning performed by vitac it's a spy story, it's a humanitarian story, it's a political and diplomatic story. it was not the last time that douglas mcarthur was to disobey executive authority. he couldn't sweep. he got enough votes to really wound johnson and make sure that johnson would not be nominated, but not enough votes to impress the professionals. 5 Dwight D. Eisenhower William I. Hitchcock 70. he asked hoover basically gave him a choice. he dispatched douglas mcarthur, of all people, not to cross the bridge over into anacostia and set fire. that was a real error of job. and hoover's advice was to go public with it in all. he said, you would at least get credit for exposing the wrong doers. so you had he was carrying that dead weight. Upcoming books related to the presidency are shown below. >> gorbachev did most of the work to change the soviet union, but reagan met him halfway, reagan encouraged him. that managed to organize, transportation, to get all of these people out of the war zone. depressions were all about deflation. he didn't have the political gift. >> what were the circumstances in your life in 1984 when this. hoover unwittingly contributed to that by being -- hoover's great failure, you might say, a failure of imagination. when herbert hoover became president in 1929, the federal budget was less than $4 billion. it was a very gutsy thing to do. https://www.c-span.org/video/?450713-1/qa-richard-norton-smith so, typically, he left washington, went out into the field, organized, you know, tent cities, railroad cars full of food, et cetera, et cetera, et cetera and it's interesting because in 1928 he ran against a very impressive governor of new york, al smith, charismatic figure, seen as sort of the father of modern liberalism before franklin roosevelt, his successor. but nobody knew about keynesian economics in the 1920s. in fact, this was a story that took time to evolve. that's not the same as working in congress. he should never have signed the tariff in 1930 which infect built walls around the american economy and encouraged other countries to do the same. and hoover, seven years after harding died, hoover took a train to marion and dedicated it. there's a difference. the irony is, the banks were crashing at the end. and he said, no, but why. i mean, remember, this was a guy who had, you know, fraternized with the enemy. i wrote the book, and then became director of the library. >> thank you. hoover also said the test of a democracy is that it's organized from the ground up, not dictated from the top down. the american people would grow more, save more and together, they would basically feed their allies across the sea. something that no one could. hoover was on radio. and that clearly was a factor. it's reminiscent of some of the allegation as made against barack obama when he ran for president. this new embryonic science to reach people and touch people and motivate them to respond to his appeals. and in fact, this was a story that took time to evolve. which, again is, in many ways, a foreshadow of what we associate with the new deal. the bonus army came to town. and clearly warren harding was disappointed. that was a real error of judgment. coolidge was as suspicious of activity as hoover was unwilling to be inactive. he couldn't sleep. no more european markets. radio is regulated because hoover started it. the name of the book, and it is available on amazon and other places as a used book. hoover being hoover, secretary of commerce. and the 450 yards separate the two. much more important, i would argue, however, is the example of a businessman who walked away from his fortune, he said literally, let the fortune go to hell, first to feed belgium and then to organize american relief and ultimately to go onto save more lives than historically, stalin and mao together could eliminate. people who had hastened the president's death. and that was repeated over and over and over again. he contacted all the governors of the states, the 48 states, and appealed to them to increase, step up, accelerate public works programs. depressions were acts of gods. Richard Norton Smith (born 1953) is an American historian and author specializing in U.S. presidents and other political figures. >> his life began in august, 1874. general grant was in the white house. there were banks that were doing things with deposited money that should shock us today. anyway, there were all sorts -- this is not to excuse. that was a period of pure unadulterated accomplishment. the name of the book is "an uncommon man: the triumph of herbert hoover". now, people around me, at that point also i was working at pete wilson's office, senator from california, writing speeches. presidents used to be sworn in on march 4th. within a matter of weeks, he was approach ed about taking on enormous task. when a billion collars was real money. that's the literally -- that's the engineer, you know. This material may be protected by copyright law (Title 17 U.S. Code). and the veterans bonus, which had been promised to world war i veterans, but many years down the road. at one point, he was told they were down to about five days food supply. and in fact, there's a famous incident in '35, '36, something like that, when fdr meets. something never before attempted. she also said hater later on, s up every morning, swept the bullets off her front porch. and he came up with this terribly clunky, very hooveresque term of -- what was it? which in those days was perhaps the least important department in the cabinet. Trivia (4) Spoke at President Gerald Ford 's funeral. the birthplace is a little 14 by 20 foot, the size of the average american living room today, a little white wash cottage. the interesting thing is lou said later on, he was never the same after belgium. he remembered as a boy, sitting in the stark, cold, barren meeting house that the quakers used in west branch and his feet didn't even touch the r floor. >> you're talking about west branch, iowa? keynesian economics, the idea that government in bust times should bust the budget. in any event, hoover's 40 years old in 1914. li living lond as i say. tonight we feature 1940 republican nominee wendell willkie. lou, for example, his partner, undertook to save the belgian lace industry. but in any event, he had great respect for hoover and one thing i mentioned, both parties in 1920 flirted with the idea of nominating hoover. and i thought immediately what a wonderful job. at the time -- and this is easily overlooked, hoover exists in the shadow of fdr. but he kept the belgians alive. today, it's the university of presidents house. not every campaign worked. of new housing with standardized products. he only wrote two dozen books. and the result was hoover dam. they were meatless mondays and wheatless wednesdays. >> he ran again. they held his kcosmo poll tin background against him. met, fell in love with lou henry, also from iowa. that was the only one on the best seller list. watch tonight at 8:00 eastern and enjoy american history tv this week and every weekend on cspan3. this man was responsible for the great depression, et cetera, et cetera, et cetera. find it where you listen to podcasts. and with whom i'm very proud to say i've been associated over the years. the completion of that story, harding died in august 1923. coolidge becomes president. but i for the life of me can't give you a single reason. thank you very much. and hoover could oppose the, banks, but it was that -- some would say stubbornness, some would say political, i would say lack of political finesse, but he insisted that fdr had to agree with him, it had to be a joint undertaking. harding asked him at one point, cryptically, if you knew of some great scandal within the administration, what would you do? 6 min read. he had an unhimted faith in the generosity, the basic goodness and the trust wor tworthytrustw american people and that's important. of the colorado river that they were all fighting over, water being dear in the west. he went on a voyage to alaska where harding felt ill and they returned to san francisco. i visited west branch as an adolescent and had been really moved by the site and it's still moving -- >> you're talking about west branch, iowa. had been invaded early in the war by the germans. but anyway, he accompanied harding on the cross-country voyage of understanding to alaska where harding felt ill and then they returned to san francisco. he had the depression. >> you could look physically at hoover dam. but the market became literally glutted. there was a campaign by a pig, you know, a properly cared for pig is as sanitary as anything else. like all of us in retrospect, we see all kinds of things that we didn't see at the time. so you had this gap which grew. well, this was a domestic emergency on the scale that he had dealt with overseas. lecture s in history is always available as podcast. every weekend on c-span3, explore our nation's past. wilson entrusted him with the american food administration and he is, it's all voluntary. we had this crazy, crazy, quote, system, where as part of the versailles agreement, basically, crushing reparations were demanded by the victors of defeated germany, which was really in no position, economically, although it had been largely unscathed by the war. and he did rub a lot of feath feathers. FREE Shipping on orders over $25 shipped by Amazon. and the result was hoover dam. what is fascinating to speculate is would that breakthrough in the south, would that have been a one-time event, attributable, in fact, to al smith as an opponent, or might it, in fact, have foreshadowed a two-party system? >> lectures in history on american history tv on cspan3. hoover did not believe in the boom and bust. had hoover's reputation, in effect, not been destroyed during his single term of office. >> you're watching american history tv. he basically told the president just, you know, flush out the system. and it's funny, hoover, who loved cards and was a mean canasta player in his later years, permanently lost his taste for bridge. mcarthur took it upon himself to, do. 2 George Washington Ron Chernow 34. he had great respect for hoover. 21.5 million votes to 15 million votes. by Richard Norton Smith ‧ RELEASE DATE: Oct. 21, 2014 Presidential library director and C-SPAN in-house historian Smith ( The Colonel: The Life and Legend of Robert R. McCormick , 1997, etc.) it's funny, hoover -- harding pressed hoover -- harding was clearly oppressed by something, and he couldn't get it off his chest. coolidge wouldn't go and dedicate it. and hoover picked the commerce department, which in those days was perhaps the least important department in the cabinet. Richard Norton Smith has 22 books on Goodreads with 5702 ratings. well, the suburbs did not rise up and embrace that. someone who, frankly, should have made the party proud to have as a member, but whom the base would instinctively shy away from, as a standard-bearer. and the 450 yards separate the two. but in the context of the time, what hoover did was seen so much more than his predecessors. he ate like an engineer. they were intellectual equals. and he came up with a terriblicalterribly clunky, what was it, voluntary association. he uses public relations, this new embryonic science to reach people and touch people and motivate people to respond to his appeals. i mean, sounds kind of dull, but the fact is -- i'm trying to think. but eventually the purchasing power being what it was. in other words, that it should do everything it could -- it can to boost purchasing power. public relations. they were speculating in stocks, but eventually, the purchasing power being what it was -- and remember, the farmers were depressed -- and it's hard -- you know, 40% -- 40% of the american workforce in 1920s was in agriculture. >> how big did he win by? one other thing that is so easy to overlook, when you're looking at the failure of the economy to respond to the various stimulative efforts that hoover -- and some to even later on, fdr, you have to remember how tiny a percentage of the american gdp went to the government in those days. 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