“[An] engaging study of men who came up short in the presidential arena but still had a significant effect on the life of the nation….”
—Wall Street Journal
“Scott Farris shines a welcome spotlight on the neglected subject of presidential also-rans. In this impressive new book, Farris shows that the losers and their ideas have sometimes transformed their political parties, and moved the nation ahead. Meticulously researched, Almost President is rich in detail and anecdotes, and a pleasure to read.”
—Joseph Wheelan, author of Mr. Adams’s Last Crusade: John Quincy Adams’s Extraordinary Post-Presidential Life in Congress and Libby Prison Breakout
“Scott Farris has penned a series of fascinating portraits of candidates who triggered sea changes in our political process. Informative to readers at all levels.”
—David Pietrusza, author of 1948: Harry Truman’s Improbable Victory and the Year that Transformed America
“To those demoralized by today’s fiercely partisan political arena, take heart! Scott Farris’s superb history of losing Presidential candidates reassures us all that even out of bitter campaigns and defeats, losers do come back and contribute profoundly to major realignments, decency, and equality in American politics.”
—The Honorable David Abshire, former Ambassador to NATO, and current President, Center for the Study of the Presidency and Congress
“Farris writes with a lively flair, skillfully illustrating his solid historical research with revelatory anecdotes and facts.” –Publishers Weekly
“A lively, opinionated examination of the instructive role of the loser in presidential races…. [R]iveting, sympathetic treatments…. A most useful aide-mémoire for situating the upcoming presidential slugfest.” —Kirkus Reviews
Farris examines the most prominent presidential candidates and the most obscure.
The material presented in this book gives the reader important insights into the development of the American political process.
I don't have a degree in political science or a degree in anything but I do read a lot, and I did enjoy this book very well.
'Almost President' has been one the best history books I've purchased on Amazon yet, and I own tons of them. Read morePublished 4 months ago by S. Rogers
Excellent read...well written....well researched....insightful....Published 5 months ago by T. Marchessault
I got excellent service in receiving this book. The author could have done a better job and have chapters, in chronological order, of every losing presidential nominee, instead of... Read morePublished 5 months ago by Misana Wylie
Farris' book is by no means bad, but you might wonder how much some of his entries count for changing the nation. Read morePublished 6 months ago by Tom Kelly
This is an excellent read. Insightful and I believe honest. The candidates in this retrospective book come alive as great Americans whether we agree with them or not and the... Read morePublished 8 months ago by patrickhmcg
I will say that I differ with some conclusions but for the most part this is a fresh and valuable perspective on the question of why some people won the prize and others didn't. Read morePublished 8 months ago by VictoriaLeo_author