The Skimmer

Nothing to Fear By Adam Cohen

Penguin; 372 pages

A political neophyte, swept into power on campaign promises of change, takes office in the teeth of an economic catastrophe. Sound familiar? Cohen's timely book, subtitled FDR's Inner Circle and the Hundred Days That Created Modern America, chronicles the period in which the newly elected Franklin Delano Roosevelt, an amenable Congress and a corps of hardworking advisers took America off the gold standard, secured the nation's imperiled banking system, created the basis of the modern welfare state and fundamentally rewrote government's role in the economy, all during a three-month sprint in early...

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