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HERBERT HOOVER and LOU HENRY HOOVER: Reading List

Recommended Reading for Students:

Bruner, David.  Herbert Hoover:  A Public Life. New York:  Alfred A. Knopf, 1978.  341 pp,suitable for junior high to adult.

Clinton, Susan.  Herbert Hoover:  Encyclopedia of Presidents. Chicago:  Children’s Press, 1988.  98 pp, suitable for elementary students.

Colbert, Nancy A.  Lou Henry Hoover:  The Duty to Serve. Morgan Reynolds Incorporated, 1998.  103 pp, suitable for upper elementary and junior high students.

Hilton, Suzanne.  The World of Young Herbert Hoover. New York:  Walker & Company, 1988.  94 pp, suitable for younger children or reading aloud.

Holford, David M. Herbert Hoover. Enslow Publishers, Inc. 1999.  126 pp.  United States Presidents series, suitable for upper elementary and junior high students.

Hoover, Herbert.  On Growing Up:  Letter to American Boys and Girls. William Morrow & Company, 1962.  160 pp, Mr. Hoover’s letters from and to American children.

Teitelbaum, Michael.  Profiles of the Presidents (Herbert Hoover). Minneapolis:  Compass Point Books, 2003.  64 pp, suitable for elementary students.

Recommended Reading for Teachers:

Clements, Kendrick A.  Hoover, Conservation, and Consumerism ( Engineering the Good Life). University Press of Kansas, 2000.  331 pp, illuminates the influence of Hoover’s broadly conceived ideas about conservation on almost every economic policy of the Republican era, suitable for high school to adult.

Clements, Kendrick A.  The Life of Herbert Hoover (Imperfect Visionary 1918-1928).  New York:  Palgrave MacMillan in the United States, a division of St. Martin’s Press LLC, 2010. 
607 pp, fourth volume in series, covers his role as Secretary of Commerce and leads directly to his landslide election as President of the United States, suitable for high school to adult.

Fausold, Martin.  The Presidency of Herbert Hoover. University of Kansas Press, 1984.  288 pp, scholarly assessment of the Hoover administration, suitable for high school to adult.

Nash, George H.  The Life of Herbert Hoover (The Engineer, 1874-1914). W.W. Norton & Company, 1983.  579 pp, first volume of a definitive biography; covers early years of Hoover’s life before he entered public service, suitable for high school to adult.

Nash, George H.  The Life of Herbert Hoover (The Humanitarian, 1914-1917). W.W. Norton & Company, 1988.  382 pp, second volume in series; covers the remarkable famine relief efforts of Hoover, suitable for high school to adult.

Nash, George H.  The Life of Herbert Hoover (Master of Emergencies, 1917-1918).  W.W. Norton & Company, 1996.  510 pp, third volume in series; covers Herbert Hoover as head of the U.S. Food Administration, suitable for high school to adult.

Robinson, Edgar Eugene, & Bornet, Vaughn D.  Herbert Hoover:  President of the United States.  Hoover Institution Press, 1975.  299 pp, suitable for high school to adult.

Smith, Richard Norton.  An Uncommon Man:  The Triumph of Herbert Hoover.  New York:  Simon & Schuster, 1984.  431 pp, very readable account of Hoover’s life, suitable for high school to adult.

Wert, Hal Elliott.  Hoover (The Fishing President).  Mechanicsburg, PA:  Stackpole Books, 2005.  388 pp, Hoover found relief from the stresses of life by fishing, suitable for high school to adult.

Wilson, Joan Hoff.  Herbert Hoover (Forgotten Progressive).  Little Brown and Company, Inc., 1975.  307 pp, about the career of Herbert Hoover, suitable for high school to adult.

Young, Nancy Beck.  Lou Henry Hoover (Activist First Lady).  University Press of Kansas, 2004.  238 pp, a documented study of Lou Henry Hoover’s White House years, 1929-1933, suitable for high school to adult.

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