The Greatest Ex
Herbert Hoover and his post-presidential triumph.
Jun 9, 2014, Vol. 19, No. 37 • By ARAM BAKSHIAN JR.
Unlike Dewey, Hoover never thought he had all the answers: Besides defending timeless liberties, he was always on the lookout for better ways of doing things, from serving suffering humanity to snaring the biggest fish in the trout stream. It kept him going and kept him young for 90 productive years, and it is best summed up by a vignette Nash includes here. A few weeks before his death, Hoover was visited by a young lady he had befriended. Although he was frail and confined to a wheelchair,
Had Hoover lived a few years longer, The Crusade Years might have evolved into that “better book.” As it now stands, it serves as an impressive codicil to the legacy of a great American—an absorbing, and occasionally inspiring, read.
Aram Bakshian Jr., who served as an aide to Presidents Nixon, Ford, and Reagan, lives in Washington.