And, he was lucky, though it is also true that men can make their own luck through hard work.
Until the book that can capture this is written, Slayton's biography is the best work available for anyone seeking to understand this fascinating individual.
Professor Robert A. Slayton has written a wonderfully rich and nuanced biography of one of the 20th century's great (and forgotten) political progressives.
If you have any business to be reading about Al Smith and you have to start somewhere, this is as good as it gets. Mr. Read morePublished 2 months ago by Matt Bryant
Good biography of a man who was ahead of his times. If he would have waited till 1932 he could have been the Catholic FDR. His many reforms in government are still with us today.Published 4 months ago by Chris Neville
Typically losers of Presidential elections are not remembered. Al Smith paved the way for JFK. He persevered day after day despite being consistently told that a Catholic would... Read morePublished 17 months ago by Billy J. Mondy
In his short 1958 study of Al Smith, Oscar Handlin noted that "[t]he written word did not come as easily to Al Smith as the spoken word. Read morePublished on April 1, 2006 by MarkK
The election of John F. Kennedy to the presidency occurred when I was in the seventh grade of my local parochial school. Read morePublished on April 9, 2005 by Thomas J. Burns
there is a largely-forgotten statue of al smith on the lower east side at the corner of monroe & catherine streets, but i like to think of the empire state building as the true... Read morePublished on August 30, 2002 by G. Kramer
A great story, about an individual who personifies everything great about America. Alfred E. Smith was the son of immigrants, whose parents ended up in Manhattan's Lower East... Read morePublished on March 24, 2002 by Eric V. Moye
This book deserves five stars, tho I had some quarrels with it. There is a lot of original research, but I thought its reliance on a book like The 103rd Ballot, which itself... Read morePublished on February 5, 2002 by Schmerguls
Robert Slayton has written a great political biography about a truly great,but sadly forgotten, Statesman,Al Smith. Read morePublished on July 21, 2001 by "ewilliamsywam"