Originally Posted by fwf
Herbert Hoover: Landslide. Good tale about the last time America made a shrewd business man, billionaire, that couldnt give a **** about the lower class their president.. Very fascinating.
A very timely documentary! Depression? Check. Wall Street hero versus man of the people? Check. Unrestrained capitalism versus collective economy? CHECK!
I found this much more interesting than FDR's bio - funny how villains are always more interesting.
Do you really think Hoover didn't care about the poor? The doc made it seem like he cared deeply (unlike today's GOP) but didn't know how to help. The man was a great humanitarian, but economics was still a fairly new science, nobody knew who Keynes was, and the best advice seemed to be coming from the laissez-faire capitalists. It's hard to blame him for going with expert opinion.
cons: not that interesting because there are no fat guys screaming their opinion, extreme paranoia, or campy 50's movie clips used for irony. PBS man, PBS.