The Blue Eagle, from Egg to Earth

The Blue Eagle, from Egg to Earth

The Blue Eagle, from Egg to Earth

The Blue Eagle, from Egg to Earth

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In any public account of a man's stewardship of so revolutionary an attempt as NRA, readers are entitled to know that man's background and his training for his task. I think mine were singularly appropriate. For this reason, the first fifteen chapters are sketchily autobiographical.

NRA was the greatest social and economic experiment of our age. It was necessarily a process of trial, error, and correction. Mistakes were made. The experiment would be without value if those mistakes were not stated and discussed. This book endeavors to do that. It is a constructive criticism with suggestion for improvement. This effort requires frank and forthright discussion not only of NRA but, in every case where NRA affected, or was affected by, other Departments or Administrations, then of those other government bodies. I wish it were possible to keep out of this book any personalities. I have tried to do it and could not. My final conclusion was that NRA transcends any personal welfare and certainly my own. NRA is a public and not a private matter. I think certain aspects of it are threatened and that it was stopped in its progress by the contrivance of persons -- perhaps with the best intent in the world -- but, in my opinion, with detriment to the public interest.

If I do not know more about NRA than any person living, I have been remiss. There is a vast public uncertainty and inquiry about NRA. I am writing a book purporting to tell about it. If I know anything which I think the public should have for fair appraisal and protection of NRA and omit it from this book, I shall be guilty of public misrepresentation on a vital matter of national concern. There is an overwhelming reason why I cannot leave undone this thing which I ought to do.

Whatever may properly be criticized about NRA, it created 2,785,000 jobs at a desperate time and added about $3,000,000, 000 to the annual purchasing power of working people. It did . . .

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