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Apr 14

The Crusade Years, 1933-1955: Herbert Hoover’s Lost Memoirs of the New Deal Era and Its Aftermath

Co-hosted by the Hoover Institution

Covering an eventful period in Herbert Hoover’s career – more specifically, his life as a political pugilist from 1933 to 1955 – The Crusade Years is a previously unknown memoir that Hoover composed and revised during the 1940s and 1950s – and then, surprisingly, set aside. A parallel volume to Hoover’s Freedom Betrayed, this work recounts Hoover’s family life after March 4, 1933, his myriad philanthropic interests, and his unrelenting “crusade against collectivism” in American life. Aside from its often feisty account of Hoover’s political activities during the Roosevelt/Truman era and its window on Hoover’s private life and campaigns for good causes, The Crusade Years invites readers to reflect on the factors that made possible his extraordinarily fruitful post-presidential years. As least as much as Theodore Roosevelt, he came to personify the activist ex-presidency; some historians even argue that he invented it. 

In this realm of exertion, as in so many others, Herbert Hoover was no ordinary man. Of all who have served as President of the United States, none has ever written a set of memoirs as prodigious as his. Rescued from obscurity, this nearly forgotten manuscript is published here – and its contents made available to scholars – for the first time. 

George H. Nash is a historian, lecturer, and authority on the life of Herbert Hoover. His publications include three volumes of a definitive, scholarly biography of Hoover and the monograph Herbert Hoover and Stanford University. Nash is also the author of The Conservative Intellectual Movement in America since 1945 and Reappraising the Right: The Past and Future of American Conservatism. A graduate of Amherst College and holder of a Ph.D. in history from Harvard University, he received the Richard M. Weaver Prize for Scholarly Letters in 2008.

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George Nash, Ph.D.

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Lee Edwards, Ph.D. Lee Edwards, Ph.D.

Distinguished Fellow in Conservative Thought, B. Kenneth Simon Center for Principles and Politics Read More