Almost President: The Men who Lost the Race But Changed the Nation

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Lyons Press, 2012 - Biography & Autobiography - 339 pages
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As the 2012 presidential campaign begins,Almost Presidentprofiles a dozen men who have run for the American presidency and lost—but who, even in defeat, have had a greater impact on American history than many of those who have served as president. Scott Farris tells us the stories of legendary figures from Henry Clay to Stephen Douglas, William Jennings Bryan to Thomas Dewey. He also includes mini-profiles oneverymajor candidate nominated for president who never reached the White House but who helped ensure the success of American democracy.


Farris explains how Barry Goldwater achieved the party realignment that had eluded FDR, how George McGovern paved the way for Barack Obama, and how Ross Perot changed the way all presidential candidates campaign. There is Al Smith, the first Catholic nominee for president; and Adlai Stevenson, the candidate of the “eggheads” who remains the beau ideal of a liberal statesman. Others covered by this book include Al Gore, John Kerry, and John McCain. The mini profiles also include evocative portraits of such men as John C. Fremont, the first Republican Party presidential candidate; and General Winfield Scott, whose loss helped guarantee the Union victory in the Civil War.

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Review: Almost President: The Men Who Lost the Race but Changed the Nation

User Review  - Angie - Goodreads

I do not usually read books like this, but it caught my eye, so I decided to give it a try. I found it fascinating and informative. I am not in a position to comment on the accuracy of the ... Read full review

Review: Almost President: The Men Who Lost the Race but Changed the Nation

User Review  - Nathan - Goodreads

Great book! The book is 10 short biographies, only giving a rough outline of each Presidential candidates life. Each one was fascinating, some admittedly more than others. The book is also chock full ... Read full review

About the author (2012)

Scott Farris, a former bureau chief for United Press International and a political columnist, has interviewed most of the men and women who have sought the presidency over the past thirty years. He has managed several political campaigns. 

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