Almost President

The Men Who Lost the Race but Changed the Nation
Farris, Scott (Book - 2012)
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Almost President

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As the 2012 presidential campaign begins, Almost President profiles 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 on every major 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.
Authors: Farris, Scott
Title: Almost president
the men who lost the race but changed the nation
Publisher: Guilford, Conn. : Lyons Press, c2012
Characteristics: xii, 339 p. :,ill. ;,24 cm
Statement of Responsibility: Scott Farris
Contents: The concession
Henry Clay, 1824, 1832, 1844
Stephen Douglas, 1860
William Jennings Bryan, 1896, 1900, 1908
Al Smith, 1928
Thomas E. Dewey, 1944, 1948
Adlai Stevenson, 1952, 1956
Barry Goldwater, 1964
George McGovern, 1972
Ross Perot, 1992, 1996
Al Gore, John Kerry, and John McCain, 2000, 2004, 2008
ISBN: 9780762763788
Branch Call Number: 324.973 F246a 2012
Bibliography: Includes bibliographical references (p. 323-333) and index
Subject Headings: Presidential candidates United States Biography Presidents United States Election History United States Politics and government United States Biography
Topical Term: Presidential candidates
LCCN: 2011033001
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Almost President reveals that losers often show more foresight than winners, that being ahead of their time is one cause of their defeat, and that losing, like the demolition of a house, can be an opportunity for reconstruction of a political party and the nation.

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