Review of ‘Herbert Hoover―the fatuous failure in the White House’ by wppalmer []
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Herbert Hoover : the fatuous failure in the White House

by E Haldeman-Julius

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Review of ‘Herbert Hoover―the fatuous failure in the White House’   (2019-04-13)


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by wppalmer

Review of ‘Herbert Hoover―the fatuous failure in the White House’ by Emanuel Haldeman-Julius.

CITATION: Haldeman-Julius, E. (n.d.). Herbert Hoover―the fatuous failure in the White House’ (Little Blue Book # 1573). Girard, Kansas: Haldeman-Julius Publications.

Reviewer: Dr W. P. Palmer.

This is one of the shorter standard length Little Blue Books of just thirty-two pages. As the title might suggest it is nothing more than a stinging personal attack on the then President of the United States, Herbert Hoover by Emanuel Haldeman-Julius, who was the successful publisher of Little Blue Books.

The character of this attack may be seen on the first page of the booklet, which although not dated, was probably written in 1930. Haldeman-Julius wrote: - ‘The man Hoover looks fatuous, he talks fatuously, and he conducts himself with an unmistakable air and effect of fatuousness.’ Haldeman-Julius made a habit of attacking establishment figures and in this case was likely to have a personal vendetta against Hoover for his failure to take decisive action with regard to the stock market crash of 1929 and the recession that followed. Haldeman-Julius had lost much of his personal fortune in the crash, was quarrelling with his wife, Marcet and had lost much of his sales of Little Blue Books. Haldeman-Julius fails to indicate an alternative course of action that Hoover should have taken or make any positive suggestions.

If anyone is dissatisfied with a President’s performance, this book provides them with much useful ammunition.


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