AFTER SEVEN YEARS by Raymond Moley


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Controversial material, which has been well received in its Saturday Evening Post appearance. As President Roosevelt's constant advisor before his first election and during the early days of the New Deal, Moley was in a good position to know every move and thought of Roosevelt's. He tells All -- naming names, incidents and events, and draws on personal and outside source material. Whether it is good taste and political loyalty will be questioned, but there's no doubt of its being political history. The first half is as thrilling a picture of Roosevelt's first 100 days in office as has yet appeared: gives reasons for Roosevelt's hesitancy to work with Hoover during the bank crisis, tells of the assembling of the ""brain trust"" and its approach to the problems to be dealt with. Later the author seems called upon to defend himself, revealing his difficult political status as Assistant-Secretary of State reporting directly to the President, giving his story of the breakdown of the London Economic Conference, blaming Roosevelt's shifting policy, telling of his strained relationship with Mr. Hull which was finally smoothed out, of the bright young men he brought into the New Deal -- Cochrane, Cohen, Tugwell, etc. The last part is a superficial analysis of much of the New Deal legislation, with the author's reasons for some of its failures. It is not only a study of Roosevelt but of the author, for he is now extremely critical of the New Deal which he did help to inaugurate. A political must book for anti-Rooseveltians giving fuel for their fires.

Pub Date: Sept. 20th, 1939
Publisher: Harper