Bolden, Tonya. FDR’s Alphabet Soup New Deal America, 1932-1939. Alfred A. Knopf, 2010. $19.99. Content G. Alphabet soup was the nickname given to all the programs FDR implemented, most during his first 100 days in office, because they were referred to by their initials. FDR was faced with a severe economic depression and tried diligently to help the economy recover. Bolden has collected pictures, memorabilia, and reproduced primary documents along with detailed descriptions and background information on this period of some of the biggest changes the United States’ ever made. This is a great resource book as well as easily read cover-to-cover for any enthusiast of this time period. ESSENTIAL. MS, HS. Shauna, Reading teacher.