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This review is from: Almost President: The Men Who Lost the Race but Changed the Nation (Kindle Edition)
In American history, mountains of books have been written about the Presidency and the men who have held that office, while those that seek it, attain the nomination of a major political party, only to lose in the end, have mostly become forgotten. These days who can tell you anything about people such as Horace Greeley or Winfield Scott Hancock? Or even poor Alton Parker who has not been the subject of a single book in the more than 100 years since he lost to Theodore Roosevelt in 1904.
But as Almost President proves, even those that lose can still leave a large impact on American political history. The bulk of the book consists of short biographies of nine men to have been major candidates for President, lost, but still left their mark on political history. Those nine men are: Henry Clay, Stephen Douglas, William Jennings Bryan, Al Smith, Thomas Dewey, Adlai Stevenson, Barry Goldwater, George McGovern, and Ross Perot. Also included in the final chapter is a look at the three most recent losers: Al Gore, John Kerry, and John McCain.
All in all a pretty interesting look at those figures usually forgotten. The author does have a slight liberal bias (but it is not bad) and sometimes can be rather long-winded on certain things, but those things do not really detract from the overall quality of the book. I would recommend this to those interested in American political history.
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Initial post: Jan 1, 2012 6:24:06 AM PST
mike hammer says:
In reply to an earlier post on Jan 8, 2012 12:34:01 PM PST
Robert C. Scudder says:
How can you write one when you can't even spell write?
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