"Our system has at all times had to contend with internal encroachments upon liberty": First edition of Herbert Hoover's The Challenge to Liberty; Inscribed by Him

  • The Challenge to Liberty.

The Challenge to Liberty.

Item Number: 81221

New York: Charles Scribner's Sons, 1934.

First edition of Herbert Hoover’s challenge to Roosevelt’s New Deal arguing it abandoned “the heritage of liberty.” Octavo, original cloth. Presentation copy, inscribed by the author on the front free endpaper, “To Hon. Menalcus Lankford, with kind regards of Herbert Hoover.” The recipient, Menalcus Lankford was a fellow Republican who served as a United States Representative from Virginia. Fine in a near fine dust jacket. A nice association.

The 31st President of the United States, Herbert Hoover wrote more than two dozen books throughout his lifetime, including The Challenge to Liberty, a harsh criticism of the New Deal. Hoover feared that the New Deal was a threat to the country's "freedom of mind and spirit." He criticized he National Recovery Administration and Agricultural Adjustment Administration as "fascistic," and the 1933 Banking Act as a "move to gigantic socialism."