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Three New Deals: Reflections on Roosevelt's America, Mussolini's Italy, and Hitler's Germany, 1933-1939 Paperback – 27 Nov 2007

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  • Paperback: 242 pages
  • Publisher: Picador USA; Reprint edition (27 Nov. 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0312427433
  • ISBN-13: 978-0312427436
  • Product Dimensions: 14 x 1.5 x 21.6 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,041,042 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Franklin Delano Roosevelt's New Deal is regarded today as the democratic ideal, a triumphant American response to a crisis that forced Germany and Italy toward National Socialism and Fascism. Yet in the 1930s, before World War II, the regimes of Roos

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I bought this book with several others when I was researching the history of the New Deal in the USA, In American fascism was originally a cloned variation of Mussolini's attempts to create a new economic order that was branded as the New Deal. Mussolini being a darling of the elite in both the USA and UK at the time, But after the US Supreme Court waded in and began to strike down laws underpinning Roosevelt's New Deal; he kept the name but changed its application. After WWII, the word fascism often became interchanged with the words 'National Socialist' (Nazi), without a proper understanding of the meaning of either word,
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52 of 55 people found the following review helpful
Honest, Insightful and Thought Provoking 26 Sept. 2006
By T. Berner - Published on
Format: Hardcover
Mr. Schivelbusch, in this remarkably well researched and startling book draws parallels between the programs and leadership styles of Adolf Hitler, Benito Mussolini and Franklin Roosevelt. He shows how many similarities there were to be found between each of these very different men. His purpose is not to demonize FDR, excuse the Nazis and Fascists or even to mitigate the failure of the average German and Italian to stand up their leaders. It is, rather, to provide a warning to the future that populism can shift from the benign to the monstrous. It is must reading for the general reader.

Having been a fan of Mr Schivelbusch's varied work for many years, I recently had the opportunity to dine with him at the home of friends of mine. I was interested to learn that he was a man of the Left, whose views were very different from mine. It is a tribute to his ability as a scholar that I never would have guessed his affiliations. He follows the truth where he finds it and never lets his own biases seep into his work.

He is a careful and diligent researcher. By way of example, T. Harry Williams' Pulitzer Prize winning biography of Huey Long merely casts doubt on those who attribute to Long the most famous of his quotes to the effect that "when Fascism comes to America, it will come in the guise of anti-Fascism." Williams does not make any serious attempt to track down the origin of the attribution, something you would expect from the author of a nearly 1000 page biography. In this short work, in a learned and careful footnote, Schivelbusch offers a variety of possible sources for this quote. THAT is careful research!

I highly recommend Three New Deals.
23 of 26 people found the following review helpful
A truly brilliant book! 25 Jan. 2007
By Future Watch Writer - Published on
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This is a truly brilliant book. It highlights the fact that political and economic crises often produce similar results, specifically a centralization of state power. Some people may not like this book because it suggests similarities between Roosevelt's New Deal and Fascism. However, the point here is not to suggest Roosevelt was racist or antisemitic (a totally idiotic notion) but to focus on the much larger issue of the use of state power in a crisis. The book has important lessons for the future. The current world order is doing a very poor job is dealing with deadly threats like the global environmental crisis. In a new series of world crises there is likely to be a huge centralization of power. Albert Speer once observed that when fascism comes back, it will come back as anti-fascism. The larger issue here is totalitarianism and its potential role in the world future.
6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
Excellent and informative book 18 Nov. 2008
By Brian A. Schar - Published on
Format: Paperback
"Three New Deals" is an interesting book about the similarities and differences between FDR's New Deal, Mussolini's fascism, and Hitler's fascism. Certainly all three were different from one another. But it's quite an eye-opener to read about the mutual admiration across the three in the 1930s, particularly between some of FDR's advisors and the Mussolini camp. This is also a relatively short book; a quick read that doesn't belabor the point or wear out its welcome. Those with an interest in politics or WWII history will be interested in at least checking this out from the library.
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
comparison of 3 political cultures 28 Dec. 2009
By Philip Gleason - Published on
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Schivelbusch is an excellent analyst of political culture. He compares Roosevelt's new deal with Mussolini's Fascism and Hitler's National Socialism. The book is not a smear of Roosevelt, but rather an examination of how the prevailing political ideals of rationality and organization were implemented in the three countries. There is also thoughtful analysis of the use of media, radio in the US and rallies in Europe.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
A brief comparison of poltics in Germany, U.S.A. and Italy in the 1930's 26 May 2012
By Terry Jennrich - Published on
Format: Paperback
I must agree with Brian Ferril's analysis of this book for the very reasons he gave. I would have much rather read quotes of the "average person" in Italy, Germany, and USA in the 1930's instead of what the author wrote. Brian gave it only a 2 star review.
I however still give it a 4 star review becuase I liked the topic and the comparison that the author gave, and have not seen a book that really does a comparison of all three countries political systems, even if only on a superficial basis. At least this book nudges people to think about: just what do you want your governement to do for you? How well does your government do things for people? What is the motivation for your government to pass a program? Who really benefits from the programs your government chooses to spend money on?
While this book may have some political science jargon in it, it is not that difficult to navigate ,if you have had some political science and historical training. But if you have not, then Brian is dead on right. Maybe the author could do a revised edition and address Brian's concerns.
terry jennrich
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