THE MEMOIRS OF HERBERT HOOVER: 3 Volmes: 1874-1920 Years of Adventure; 1920-1933 The Cabinet & The Presidency, and 1929-1941 The Great Depression.
New York: Macmillan, (1951, 1952). Hardcover first edition - The complete 3 volume set of the memoirs of 31st President of the United States, Herbert Hoover. In addition to the insight this gives into the history of the world and the US during those years, these books tell the story of growing up in Iowa and Oregon, his college days at Stanford University and of his marriage. He became one of the foremost mining engineers of the time and built up a large fortune. Nevertheless as the President when the stock market crashed on Black Friday, he was unpopular enough during the Great Depression that the makeshift towns constructed by workers in search of jobs were referred to as Hoovervilles. While he had built a reputation as a humitarian for his relief efforts in Belgium during the Great War and as head of the American Relief Association after the end of that war, his policies as President were much less enlightened - in 1930 he approved the Smoot-Hawley tarriffs which sent foreign trade down, and he blamed Mexican Americans and Mexican immigrants for the downturn, "championing the mass ethnic cleansing campaign known as the Mexican Repatriation. Between 500,000 and 2,000,000 Mexican Americans and immigrants were deported to Mexicoa supermajority were citizens, with an estimated 60 percent being natural-born citizens." Since these books were written primarily to improve his public image the focus is on what he did as President - there is even a chapter entitled "The 'Hoover did nothing' issue" - and his immigration policies are barely mentioned. Frontispiece and 7 or 8 internal photographs in each volume. Index in each volume. xi, 496; xii, 405; xv, 503 pp.