FDR's Folly

  • by Jim Powell
  • Narrated by William Hughes
  • 9 hrs and 26 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

Think FDR was a great president? Think again.In the minds of historians and the American public alike, Franklin Delano Roosevelt was one of our greatest presidents, not least because he supposedly saved America from the Great Depression. But as historian Jim Powell reveals in this groundbreaking book, Roosevelt's New Deal policies actually prolonged and exacerbated the economic disaster, swelled the federal government, and prevented the country from turning around quickly.In today's turbulent domestic and global environment, eerily similar to that of the 1930s, it's more important than ever before to uncover and understand the truth of our history, lest we be doomed to repeat it. You'll never look at FDR in the same way again.


What the Critics Say

"Very readable, factual, and insightful - and endorsed by two Nobel Prize-winning economists." (Thomas Sowell, Senior Fellow, Hoover Institution, Stanford University)


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FDR's Folly

This book, along with The Forgotten Man, are timely reminders of what occurred when massive federal intervention is the economy was last tried. The narrator does a fine job. FDR's Folly is well deserving of a listener's time and attention.
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- john

Scones for the Tea Party

Going into this book I expected to hear a new scholastic exposition upon the failings of the New Deal. Instead it was a Libertarian set piece on how the entire FDR administration efforts were machinations for re-election and to convert the American economy to Socialism! Every single New Deal policy was part of a malicious and devious plan to strip Americans of their individual liberties through increased taxation and larger government. According to the author capitalist free markets that are unconstrained by any regulation are the only historical economies to produce human progress. Any regulation, be it insurance on deposits, Social Security, or limitations on the sale of swamp property, all impede free markets! The book was written in 2002 and hasn't been updated to explain how FDR caused 2008.
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- Chiefkent "chiefkent"

Book Details

  • Release Date: 02-04-2008
  • Publisher: Blackstone Audio, Inc.