Pride, Prejudice, and Politics: Roosevelt Versus Recovery, 1933-1938


In this first sustained scholarly critique of the New Deal from the conservative perspective, Best argues that Roosevelt was, himself, the primary obstacle to American recovery from the Great Depression of 1933-38. Challenging conventional explanations that fault Roosevelt for not embracing Keynesian spending on a scale sufficient to produce recovery, Best finds the roots of America's slow return to economic health in Roosevelt's hostility to the very groups he should have been encouraging: the American business and financial communities.

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