Just What We Need Right Now

A new fantasy history about FDR:

Nothing to Fear claims to provide a “riveting narrative account of the personal dynamics that shaped the tumultuous early days of FDR’s presidency.” Although entertainingly written, it provides little new evidence and even less analysis. What it does offer is an account of Roosevelt’s first 100 days—what Cohen terms “the third great revolution in American history”—for readers whose faith in that revolution remains unshaken and who wish to reclaim the New Deal legacy today. Cohen’s heroes gamely overcome the “business interests” and “powerful financial interests” who try to derail or at least temper Roosevelt’s bold policies.

The result is a polemic that inadvertently raises more questions than it answers. Ray Moley, for instance, became an outspoken critic of the New Deal after leaving the administration, writing in 1939 that Roosevelt suffered from “a kind of mental autointoxication.” By 1948 he was warning about creeping statism, and by 1960 he was a full-fledged Goldwater Republican. Whatever doubts Moley had about the New Deal at the time go unmentioned in Nothing to Fear, and his recantation is the subject of just one paragraph in the epilogue. A pivotal character in American political history is thus reduced to a one-dimensional apparatchik.

Well, what do you expect from the New York Times? It took them years to admit the (Pulitzer-winning) lies and propaganda of Walter Duranty.

8 thoughts on “Just What We Need Right Now”

  1. You didn’t think that the huge machine that put BHO in office would just go away after the election do you?

    Can’t wait for the movie version of the book. Definitely Oscar gold.

  2. Hell, the machine that tried to stop Rinald Reagan from ever holding elected office still hasn’t gone way now, five years after his death.

  3. It’s monumentally stupid to think that Judith Miller was lying. There is no evidence of it. Unless, of course, one is so ignorant as to not understand the meaning of the word “lie.”

  4. you can call it whatever you want, but Judy Miller
    sure wasn’t ever in the same city as truth.
    Considering she co-authored a book with Laurie Mylorie,
    she was hardly an impartial reporter on anything.


    listing scooter libby as an anonymous congressional source when he was white house staff?
    Hyping Iraqi WMD.

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