Badger, Anthony J. The New Deal: The Depression Years, 1933–1940. New York: Hill and Wang, 1989. A very thoughtful and useful synthesis of the literature on the depression, Hoover, and the New Deal. Includes the most extensive and helpful bibliographical essay available in print.
Bernstein, Barton J. “The New Deal: The Conservative Achievements of Liberal Reform.” In Towards a New Past: Dissenting Essays in American History. Edited by B. J. Bernstein. New York: Pantheon, 1967. One of the key essays that launched the “new left” critique of the New Deal popular in the 1970s and still influential today.
Biles, Roger. A New Deal for the American People. De Kalb: Northern Illinois University Press, 1991. A recent survey of the period, based on a thorough review of the literature, with a good bibliography.
Braeman, John. “The New Deal and the ‘Broker State’: A Review of the Recent Scholarly Literature.” Business History Review 46 (1972): 409–420. A very useful review of writing on the New Deal through the 1960s.
Burns, James MacGregor. Roosevelt: The Lion and the Fox. New York: Harcourt, Brace, 1956. Another classic work and still useful, though old. Good on Roosevelt as a politician.
Conkin, Paul K. The New Deal. London: Routledge & Kegan Paul, 1968. A brief but challenging book, severely critical of the New Deal’s shortcomings as a reform movement.