Magazine June 27, 2016, Issue

Herbert and Franklin

Herbert Hoover in the White House: The Ordeal of the Presidency, by Charles Rappleye (Simon & Schuster, 576 pp., $32.50)

His story puts those of Horatio Alger to shame. The poor orphan from Iowa worked his way through Stanford, made a fortune as a mining engineer, and saved Europe from famine. He succeeded at everything he touched — until he reached the presidency. How galling, then, for Herbert Hoover to watch the shallow patrician who succeeded him become the office’s Paganini, a virtuoso who, whatever the defects of his policies, handled the office with a sureness of touch few have equaled.

Charles Rappleye’s absorbing book is an account of both Hoover’s fall and Roosevelt’s rise. If it yields a moral, it

Michael Knox Beran — Mr. Beran is a lawyer and writer. His book WASPs: The Splendors and Miseries of an American Aristocracy is to be published in August.

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