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.

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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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Where does FDR's Folly rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

I think this is a must listen or read. FDR is a hero and he should not be. We should learn the lessons he has to offer and not make the same mistakes.


Who was your favorite character and why?

The thugs FDR had on the gov't payroll


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- David

Educational but listen to the Abridged Version

This is an educational book that puts the various aspects of government great depression programs and regulations into perspective that wasn't covered in any detail during my school years. As you read, it's somewhat scary as many of today's political overtures are along the same lines of what was tried in the great depression era. I only gave this book a three star rating as much of the same main points were rpeated even though the author breaks out each aspect of government focus. I would suggest the abridged version hoping it reduces the amount of this repetition.
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- James F Marxen

Book Details

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