Paul V. McNutt and the Age of FDR

Paul V. McNutt and the Age of FDR

3 (7 ratings by Goodreads)
By (author) 

Free delivery worldwide

Available. Dispatched from the UK in 2 business days
When will my order arrive?


In this major biography of an important politician and statesman, Dean Kotlowski presents the life of Paul V. McNutt, a great understudied figure in the era of FDR. McNutt was governor of Indiana, high commissioner to the Philippines (while serving he helped 1,300 Jews flee Nazi Germany for Manila), head of the WWII Federal Security Agency, and would-be presidential candidate. Paul V. McNutt and the Age of FDR explores McNutt's life, his era, and his relationship with Franklin Roosevelt. It sheds light on the expansion of executive power at the state level during the Great Depression, the theory and practice of liberalism as federal administrators understood it in the 1930s and 1940s, the mobilization of the American home front during World War II, and the internal dynamics of the Roosevelt and Truman administrations. McNutt's life underscores the challenges and changes Americans faced during an age of economic depression, global conflict, and decolonialization.
show more

Product details

  • Hardback | 600 pages
  • 167.64 x 231.14 x 53.34mm | 952.54g
  • Indiana University Press
  • Bloomington, IN, United States
  • English
  • 25 b&w illus.
  • 0253014689
  • 9780253014689

Review quote

This hefty new biography . . . demonstrates that McNutt was a central figure in the New Deal era despite his complicated, and not always friendly, relationship with Roosevelt. . . The delicate dynamics between the two men, coupled with the author's thorough account of his subject's life and role in the ideological development of the modern Democratic party, are fascinating. * Weekly Standard * A work of deep scholarship and biographical rigor, Paul V. McNutt and the Age of FDR stands as an account of a busy and productive public career overshadowed by unfulfilled ambition . . . Dean J. Kotlowski has produced a fine biography that meticulously reveals the weaknesses and limitations of its subject. * Australasian Journal of American Studies * Kotlowski produces a readable, quotable, and highly analytical overview of McNutt's life . . . This book is essential reading based upon massive research. * Indiana Magazine of History * In this extraordinarily well researched and well written biography . . . Kotlowski has provided a welcome treatment of this now-forgotten politician. * American Political Thought * A compelling interpretation of Paul V. McNutt . . . Kotlowski breathes life into the story of a character whose career intersected with the Depression, colonialism, war, and communism. The book thus speaks to the virtue of biography as a vehicle for interpreting the past, as McNutt's career offers insight on many of the major issues in American politics during the 1930s and 1940s. * Register of the Kentucky Historical Society * Sturdy biography of a political stalwart of the past, largely forgotten now . . . One of the many virtues of Kotlowski's book is that it covers the necessary ground-a challenge, given McNutt's many careers and accomplishments . . . [a] capable, readable biography. * Kirkus Reviews * Paul V. McNutt and the Age of FDR is a very well written and researched piece that will serve as a remembrance of one of Indiana's most effective Governors, who was-for a brief moment-a possible candidate for the highest office in American politics. * International Social Science Review * A fine, scholarly biography of Paul V. McNutt, a politician who dreamed of one day becoming president . . . Kotlowski has examined an impressive number of manuscript collections, oral history memoirs, and other works. He discusses McNutt's successes and failures in an eminently fair-minded way. * Journal of American History * "Kotlowski's [Paul V. McNutt and the Age of FDR] will not only stand as the definitive biography . . . but also as a standard by which other biographies should be judged." * Ohio History * [T]his well-written biography intertwines McNutt's and FDR's political careers to make clear, as IU President Herman B Wells said in his eulogy for McNutt, 'Some dominate the scene even though they walk with giants. Such a man was Paul Vories McNutt.' * Bloom Magazine * McNutt's life and career are worth remembering and are well portrayed in Kotlowski's admirable book. * American Historical Review * [Kotlowski] offers a rich portrait of McNutt, his wife, daughter, parents, and close associates as well as the larger forces and events that shaped their lives. . . . Scholars and others with an interest in the politics of the 1920s-1940s will mine much useful and valuable information from this study of McNutt's life. * Presidential Studies Quarterly * Dean Kotlowski has written a definitive biography of Indiana Gov. Paul V. McNutt. [The book] shows Kotlowski's grasp of McNutt's importance on the national stage. * Indianapolis Star * [This book] will stand as the definitive McNutt biography and should do much to resurrect the Hoosier's exemplary career to Indiana, midwestern, and national political historians. * Michigan Historical Review *
show more

About Dean J. Kotlowski

Dean J. Kotlowski is Professor of History at Salisbury University in Maryland, author of Nixon's Civil Rights: Politics, Principle, and Policy, and editor of The European Union: From Jean Monnet to the Euro.
show more

Table of contents

List of Abbreviations
Introduction: A Man, an Era, and a President
1. "I See... a Great Future" (1891-1913)
2. New Departures, Old Haunts (1913-1925)
3. Triumph and Tragedy (1925-1926)
4. The Legion and Leadership (1926-1928)
5. National Vistas, State Elections (1929-1932)
6. A New Deal for Indiana (1933-1934)
7. "Hoosier Hitler" (1935-1936)
8. Breaking Away (1937-1938)
9. Humanitarian--and Home (1937-1939)
10. Paul V. and Franklin D. (1939-1940)
11. Ambition Frustrated (1940)
12. Dimensions of Security (1939-1945)
13. Mobilizing Manpower (1942-1945)
14. Returning to the Philippines (1945-1947)
15. Fading Away (1947-1955)
show more

Rating details

7 ratings
3 out of 5 stars
5 0% (0)
4 29% (2)
3 43% (3)
2 29% (2)
1 0% (0)
Book ratings by Goodreads
Goodreads is the world's largest site for readers with over 50 million reviews. We're featuring millions of their reader ratings on our book pages to help you find your new favourite book. Close X