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Hoover: An Extraordinary Life in Extraordinary Times by Kenneth Whyte 

Read by Richard Ferrone, with the recording produced by Random House Audio.

As its subtitle proclaims—this audiobook is extraordinary. In Hoover, Whyte profiles a president suited more to a corporate office than the helm of a great democracy. Once, Herbert Hoover had moved mountains to feed millions in war-torn nations, but as president, he could not allay his country’s suffering.  Reader Richard Ferrone’s delivery is a faultless medium for Hoover’s globe-spanning story. His voice emphasizes the grit shown by America’s greatest humanitarian, whether pursuing success or overcoming failure.

Ryan Paul Winn is a columnist and media critic who’s rarely without an audiobook or his earbuds. When not writing or teaching in the Liberal Studies department at College of Menominee Nation in Keshena, Wisconsin, he can be found researching overlooked history in local and national archives.