The Record - September 1998

Hoover Library Publishes New Book on Herbert Hoover and Franklin D. Roosevelt

A new book published by the Hoover Presidential Library in West Branch details the unusual friendship and later rivalry between Herbert Hoover and Franklin D. Roosevelt from 1917 to 1945.

Edited by Library director Timothy Walch and Senior Archivist Dwight M. Miller, Herbert Hoover and Franklin D. Roosevelt: A Documentary History brings together the key documents that tell the story of the communication and miscommunication between these two extraordinary men. It is a fascinating story full of many surprises.

Few people remember that Hoover and Roosevelt worked together in the Wilson administration during World War I and on housing and homebuilding issues during the 1920s. They admired each other's abilities, and Roosevelt went so far as to promote Hoover for president in the early days of the 1920 campaign!

But their collaboration turned to animosity after 1929 when Hoover became president and Roosevelt became governor of New York. The relationship further deteriorated during the election campaign of 1932, and the two men never spoke to one another again after Roosevelt became president.

Herbert Hoover and Franklin D. Roosevelt is published by the Greenwood Publishing Group. Copies may be purchased directly from the publisher or from the Hoover Library Museum Store. To order, call 319-643-5301.