Henry Morgenthau, Jr.: The Remarkable Life of FDR's Secretary of the Treasury (Paperback)
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A fascinating exploration of early to mid-twentieth-century politics as seen through the eyes of a Roosevelt technocrat.
History seems to repeat itself. With ongoing wars abroad and the collapse of financial institutions at home, Americans rely on President Barack Obama and Secretary of the Treasury Jacob Lew to bring about positive change. When the US stock market collapsed in 1928 and World War II broke out, the nation turned to Franklin D. Roosevelt and his Secretary of the Treasury, Henry Morgenthau, Jr., for leadership.
Henry Morgenthau, Jr. explores the life of this native New Yorker. Born into a prominent Jewish family, Henry Morgenthau, Jr., became a controversial figure in politics. Yet, his contributions were integral to social, political, and economic milestones in American history, all while he grappled with his identity as an American Jew during the atrocities of WWII in Europe. This new biography offers a glimpse of yesterday and lessons for today.
Author Herbert Levy offers an extensively researched life of this important American leader. From thorough research in the archives of Hyde Park to careful study of Morgenthau’s letters, Levy delivers an in-depth account of the fascinating life of this remarkable man. This book explores the complex and oftentimes frustrating world in which Morgenthau was forced to live and illuminates his odyssey as a Roosevelt technocrat.
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About the Author
Herbert Levy was born in Brooklyn, New York, and served in the US Navy Reserve during WWII. After the war, he obtained a law degree and worked for the Department of Housing and Urban Development for more than twenty-five years. He later worked as an administrative law judge for the State of New York, retiring in 2006. He’s written articles for the Journal of Housing and the New York State Bar Journal, and served as editor for Alexander Kraushar’s book, Jacob Frank: The End to the Sabbataian Heresy.