Hoover off the Record: By Theodore G. Joslin, Secretary to the President, 1931 to 1933

Hoover off the Record: By Theodore G. Joslin, Secretary to the President, 1931 to 1933

Hoover off the Record: By Theodore G. Joslin, Secretary to the President, 1931 to 1933

Hoover off the Record: By Theodore G. Joslin, Secretary to the President, 1931 to 1933

Excerpt

Mr. Hoover's view of his problems -- The policy of
silence causes enmities -- "This is not a showman's
job" -- No publicity for conferences with leaders of finance, business, labor, industry, and agriculture --
"My boyhood ambition was to be able to earn a liv
ing without the help of anybody, anywhere" -- An
unceasing worker -- "All the money in the world
could not induce me to live over the last nine
months."

THE OFFICIAL RECORD of the Hoover Administration has been spread on the pages of history. But the human story of the battles waged by Herbert Hoover against the depression -- the greatest peace-time danger this country ever experienced -- has not been revealed.

Taken by itself, the record falls far short of disclosing the stirring episodes marking the four-year transition from unexampled prosperity to unparalleled adversity. It fails to give an understanding of the man who through those tragic years labored to end suffering and to bring about better conditions, working sometimes single-handed, often in the face of opposition and almost continuously the object of partisan criticism.

Such is the story remaining to be told. It shall be told here at first hand.

Manifold as are the burdens that go with the presidency in normal times, they are trivial as compared with the obligations which confronted President Hoover after he had been in office one year. His objective from the first day of threatened disaster until his last hours of service may be given in his own words, as he expressed it to me shortly before his retirement.

Search by... Author
Show... All Results Primary Sources Peer-reviewed

Oops!

An unknown error has occurred. Please click the button below to reload the page. If the problem persists, please try again in a little while.