Herbert Hoover was considered to be one of the best qualified men ever to be elected president of the United States. A graduate of Stanford University with a degree in geological engineering, Hoover earned a fortune as a mining engineer. He also directed major humanitarian efforts during and after the First World War and then served as Commerce Secretary under Presidents Harding and Coolidge. He was greatly admired throughout the world, having managed vast projects, both foreign and domestic, including food programs that had saved millions of people from starvation in Europe and Russia. Even Franklin Roosevelt suggested in the mid-twenties that Hoover would be an excellent candidate for president. What happened? Why was Hoover’s presidency considered such a disaster that even today, he ranks 36th among presidents, sandwiched between Chester Arthur and Millard Fillmore? Were the circumstances confronting Hoover during his one term beyond anyone’s control? We will explore the Hoover presidency by reading Herbert Hoover in the White House: The Ordeal of the Presidency by Charles Rappleye (Simon & Schuster, 2017).